Gas Flaring Costs Iraq $5m a Day

By John Lee, from Iraq Business News

Azzaman reports that the flaring of associated gas from the country’s producing oil fields, particularly in Basra, is costing the country $5 million a day.

But there is good news, according to Dhia al-Mawsawi, the Director-General of South Oil Company, who said there should be no flaring of gas in Basra by the end of 2013.
He said his company was in talks with Shell for an agreement to build the facilities to process the country’s associated gas and turn it into domestic fuel.

Iraq only process 400 million cubic meters of its total output of associated gas estimated at more than 1100 cubic meters, while it imports large volumes of natural gas from Iran.

and Phil Medora from Mayphil notes:

Basra alone flares around 892 million cubic feet of gas every day.  Mayphil's Perkins gas engines can run directly off well-head gas without any need for gas refining, and very simple 'on-pipe' treatment for H2S.  So instead of flaring gas off, it can be used at source to create electricity for the well-head facility and neighbouring towns.