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Iraq working on getting a 30-year contract that could bring US$53 billion investments

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Iraq will soon finalize a large-scale, long-term deal for the development of oil fields in the South with Exxon and PetroChina. The 30-year contract will involve investments of US$53 billion and potential returns for Baghdad of as much as US$400 billion over its lifetime, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told media this week.

The plan will involve using seawater from the Persian Gulf to boost oil production, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced Tuesday. Water injection is key to boosting production from oil fields around Basra, in southern Iraq, as decades of extraction have sapped the subterranean pressures that push crude naturally toward the surface.

The southern mega-project involves the development of the Nahr Bin Umar and Artawi oilfields and an increase in production from the two fields, Abdul Mahdi said.

Ghadhban said on Wednesday the deal with Exxon and PetroChina would allow Iraq to generate 750 million standard cubic feet of gas from the two oilfields per year.

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Drilling permits are down 60% in Colorado

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Five months after the new anti frac law took effect, drilling permits are down 60% from the last decade average, one operator has declared bankruptcy, and 10 local communities have passed moratoriums on new drilling. – denver.cbslocal.com

The slowdown in hydraulic fracturing was expected by some major frac fleet operators, Some operators took the initiative and started laying off workers.

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More Oil With Less Drilling Rigs

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According to a recent Bloomberg story: “In June 2014, the U.S. pumped 8.4 million barrels of crude using 1,545 drilling rigs. Last month, it produced about 12.2 million barrels, 45% more, with just 788 rigs.”

For the rest of the industry, this is wonderful news, but for oilfield services companies large and small, these efficiencies have caused severe overcapacity and economic pain. more with less @ fool.com

The U.S Removes 12 Oil Rigs: Oil rig count was 742, down from 754 in the week ended Aug 23. Notably, the tally has never dropped to such a level since early January 2018. In the past nine weeks, drillers lowered the tally eight times. The current total, far from the peak of 1,609 attained in October 2014, is also lower than 862 a year ago.

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Halliburton Cuts 8% of North American Fracking Jobs. Christopher Wright Talks About the Slowdown in Fracking

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