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Production at Gharraf oilfield halted

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Reuters is reporting that Iraq has halted production of approximately 95 000 bpd of oil from the Gharraf southern oilfield after Malaysia’s Petronas evacuated its staff from the field.

Petronas, the operator of Gharraf, took the decision to protect its staff from the spread of the new coronavirus, Iraqi oilfield officials said; adding that the company took the decision without consulting with Iraqi officials in Gharraf.

“We were forced to shut down production because Petronas didn’t inform us of the evacuation process,” said one oilfield official.

Oil officials said they are working to restore operations at Gharraf on Wednesday.

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