December 2013

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HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Iraq’s billion-dollar road to energy stability

Much of Iraq’s future prosperity hinges on the success of its oil and gas sector. Petroleum already accounts for over 90% of the country’s energy needs, with a small percentage being supplie..

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Much of Iraq’s future prosperity hinges on the success of its oil and gas sector. Petroleum already accounts for over 90% of the country’s energy needs, with a small percentage being supplied by natural gas and hydropower. Iraq has large domestic reserves, but infrastructure constraints and political disputes have interfered with the ability to satisfy domestic demand. Iraq is the world’s eighth-largest producer of petroleum liquids and the third-largest oil exporter. Domestic proven oil reserves are estimated to be 141 billion (B) barrels. Most reserves are concentrated in giant fields in the south around Basra. Iraqi oil production reached 3 million barrels per day (MMbpd)

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