Majnoon Oilfield

Majnoon in Southern Iraq is one of the world’s largest oil fields. Shell is the operator developing the field together with Petronas and Iraq’s Missan Oil Company. 

The CUBIC partner Masseera Industrial Switchgear FZE has successfully met the strict requirements for supplying a 400V switchboard for the ongoing developments in the oilfield. 

Shell Iraq Petroleum Development being the customer.     

Critical success factors
The most urgent criteria put forward by Shell was to  meet a very short delivery time and secondly to design, integrate, test and supply a type tested, form 4, draw-out switchboard in compliance to the Shell DEP Standard. Moreover, the switchboard should comply to the requirements of internal arc fault tests in accordance to IEC TR 61641:2008.  

With the support from CUBIC, Masseera met all requirements by applying the documented, tested and verfied Modular System to the project. Along with  Masseera  CUBIC Global Training certified staff members all issues in terms of projecting, instruction and asembly were met and documented. 

In particular the flexibility of the system assisted Masseera in engineering, designing and integrating the switchboard in compliance to the requirements of the contract and within record time.

In January 2010, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and Shell signed a contract to develop the Majnoon oil field. Shell was awarded a 45% shareholding as lead operator and Petronas 30% with the remaining 25% going to the Iraqi State Partner (Missan Oil Company).


The Majnoon project
The Majnoon project consists of a two phase development. Phase I consists of reaching First Commercial Production (FCP) and Phase II focuses on the development of the full field (FFD).

In line with your commitment to safety an extensive de-mining programme has cleared more than 57 kilometres of land, of 16,000 leftover explosive remnants of war (ERW) all with a perfect safety record.
During the oil production from Majnoon associated gas is also being produced which is currently flared due to a lack of infrastructure to treat and process it. This represents a huge financial loss for Iraq and is a wasted resource. A solution to capture the gas is currently under implementation.