Shell sees Iraq Majnoon 2013 output at over 200,000 bpd-document

BAGHDAD Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:27am EST

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BAGHDAD Nov 12 (Reuters) - Iraq's Majnoon oilfield, operated by Royal Dutch Shell, is expected to hit output above 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the third quarter of 2013 - above the level needed to start recovering costs, Shell's programme for Majnoon said.

Under the development plan for 2013, Shell has submitted a budget of $1.384 billion as a "total recordable cost" for field development, a copy of the programme obtained by Reuters showed.

Shell and minority partner Petronas of Malaysia, won the Majnoon service contract by promising to boost the largely undeveloped field to 1.8 million bpd for a fee of $1.39 a barrel, though it had started talks with Baghdad this year to reduce the target at the super-giant field to 1 million barrels per day.

Under the contract the consortium should reach 170,000 bpd output - its so called First Commercial Production level - to trigger it to retrieve investment costs.

The Majnoon oilfield, one of the OPEC member's major fields, started a shutdown in June for maintenance and to bring new production facilities online.

Operations at the field are expected to resume in the first quarter of 2013 with output of 44,600 bpd and 50,200 bpd in second quarter. Shell is targeting 201,700 bpd output there in the third quarter and 202,700 bpd in the fourth.

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