05/26/2021 15:30 The number of readings 3560 Section: File and Analysis
Obelisk oil expert: The Iraqi state, since its establishment, has not been interested in producing gas as is oil
Baghdad / Al-Obelah: The oil expert, Hamza Al-Jawahiri, explained on Wednesday May 25, 2021 that the previous regime did not give importance to gas as is its position on the importance of oil for the Iraqi economy, so the focus was on exploring and developing oil fields only.
Al-Jawahiri said in a statement to The obelisk, that this matter did not represent the state’s strategy for the previous regime, but rather represented the state’s strategy from its inception until the fall of the previous regime in 2003.
He indicated that what was discovered of gas reservoirs during that period was among the operations of Oil exploration, so these discoveries were neglected due to the presence of large quantities of associated gas, which was burned due to the lack of capacities to process this type of gas, which most of them contain high levels of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide and also varying proportions of water as the hydrogen sulfide itself is a cause of corrosion The equipment it passes through, as well as its high toxicity, which causes death in many lives N.
He added that the presence of water with sulfur dioxide as well as carbon dioxide is also a strong cause of equipment corrosion, because when these gases dissolve, carbonic sulfur acids H2SO3 and H2CO3 are formed, both of which are strong acids and have a significant impact on equipment corrosion, as well as after Markets in Europe and elsewhere on Iraq, as well as the high costs of developing gas fields.
He pointed out that for these reasons, gas with high impurities, i.e. acid, was neglected, and the focus was on sweet gas, which is produced from the fields of Rumaila, Zubair and Nahr Omar, as the quantities of sweet gas produced from these fields were sufficient to meet Iraq's need for gas to produce electric power.
He continued: Iraq was at that time producing only 5 kWh until the fall of the previous regime, as what remained of those stations did not produce more than 2.7 kW, leaving the rest to burn because it was not needed and the relatively high costs of treating it, and Iraq did not need it.