Petrofac News 1700X397
12 July 2016

Iraq Crude Oil project team celebrates 3 years LTI-free

The Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP) is celebrating more than three years and five million man-hours without a lost time incident (LTI).

The ICOEEP was developed by the Iraq government with the aim of  increasing the export capacity of the country’s existing offshore facilities, from 1.8 million metric barrels per day (mmbpd) to 4.5 mmbpd, within five years.

We were first awarded the contract to provide offshore operations and maintenance for the project in 2012. Our remit is broad, and covers:

  • project management,
  • engineering,
  • construction,
  • commissioning
  • and procurement.

During our three years on the ICOEEP, we have executed a number of works to ensure effective operations, such as providing operations and maintenance services for the oil export facilities. These facilities include:

  • an offshore central metering and manifold platform,
  • four metering stations,
  • four single point moorings,
  • subsea pipelines
  • and tanker operations.

In November 2012, we also secured a contract to manage the end-to-end process of tanker operations on behalf of South Oil Company (SOC).

Some of our ICOEEP highlights include:

  • Increasing crude oil export from 0.5mmbpd when we first joined the project to more than 1.5mmbpd, averaging 45mmbbl each month
  • Winning three contract extensions from SOC
  • Loading more than 690 tankers from off the coast of the Al Fao Peninsula in Southern Iraq in the Arabian Gulf, as of May 2016
  • Exporting more than 1.28 billion barrels of crude as of May 2016
  • We have a queue of tankers awaiting loading that extends to an estimated four miles - the equivalent of 5% of all the tankers in the world

The project team attributes their successful operations and excellent safety record to astute management of key safety processes and integrity risk; continual drive for improvement; and the development of a strong, proactive safety culture.

Find out more about our safety culture.