Our work in Iraq

We have been operating in the Exploration & Production sector in the country since 2009. We have consolidated our historical presence in the Middle East with new projects in Iraq.


Zubair is in production

Our production and development activities in Iraq are regulated by a technical service contract. Production comes from the Zubair field, while development relates to a further phase of the Zubair project ERP (Enhanced Redevelopment Plan) (Eni’s interest 41.56%), which will allow a production plateau level of 700 thousand barrels per day to be achieved. The programme also includes the use of associated gas for electricity generation. Production capacity and the main facilities to reach target production have already been installed. The reserves in the field will be progressively put into production with the drilling of additional production wells over the coming years. The production capacity and main facilities to treat the production plateau target have already been installed; the field reserves will be progressively put into production by drilling additional productive wells over the next few years.

We create energy

Every day we work towards creating development and stability in Iraq, supporting the country by improving the services of the health system of the city of Basra to allow it to reach international standards. We also launched some initiatives in support of schooling in the area, inaugurating the Al Burjesia High School which will host up to 900 students and in 2020 we started up activities for the construction of a new school in Zubair City. Finally, in 2021 to meet Basra's high energy demand, the national company and Eni expanded the Permanent Power Generation Plant project (which was originally intended to meet the electricity needs of the Zubair plant), with the construction of a new line to connect to the Iraqi national grid, transferring 420 MW and reaching 2.4 million people. The PPG has a total capacity of 500 MW, with a possible extension to 750 MW. The initiative also promotes capacity building and job creation.


The development of the Iraqi health service

In 2017, we launched initiatives to support the Health Directorate of the Governorate of Basra. Among the objectives of the project are the development of specialist services, in particular cancer diagnostics, and the improvement of infrastructures for the care and training of staff.

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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

An initiative to help improve schooling in the country

Education is considered to be one of the most powerful tools for the transformation of society. That is why Iraq is taking steps to keep pace with other countries that have signed up to the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. To help increase access to education in schools in Basra Governorate and Zubair District, Eni Iraq B.V have formed a partnership with the MoO/Basra Oil Company and local authorities. The Al Burjesia high school opened in January 2020 and will be a safe and healthy learning environment for 900 students. The facility is a tangible testimony to this partnership. It is supplied with electricity, Internet connection, personal computers, drinking water and sanitation facilities. Eni’s commitment continues with projects in the fields of education, health, environment and access to water. In particular: (i) construction activities of a new school in the Zubair area with completion expected in 2024, as well as renovation and material supply initiatives; (ii) construction of a nuclear medicine department and a new pediatric oncology department, nearing completion, at the Basra Cancer Children Hospital; (iii) in 2022 start-up of the Al-Bardjazia drinking water supply plant in the Zubair area while the construction of the new Al-Buradeiah plant in Basra is ongoing.

Project launched to ensure access to water in Basra

On 7 February 2022, we launched a project with the Governorate of Basra, the European Union and Unicef to provide clean water to the population by 2024 and to encourage the creation of sustainable jobs for young people in the Al-Baradiya and Al-Jiha districts of the city, the second most populous in the country and one of the hardest hit by water scarcity. The launch ceremony was attended H.E. Asaad Al Edani, Governor of Basra, Barbara Egger, Head of the Cooperation Unit of the EU Delegation in Iraq, Paula Bulancea, Unicef Deputy Representative in Iraq, Alberto Piatti, Eni’s Head of Sustainable Development, Walid ElMahdy, Eni Iraq BV Managing Director and other authorities. This initiative will allow us to upgrade the water treatment plants in Al-Baradiya and install two desalination plants with a capacity of 400,000 litres per hour each and, overall, will strengthen the capacity of the local water system in an area that includes 40 schools and 21 health centres, reaching 850,000 people, with over 160,000 children directly benefitting. The overall main objective is to improve the quality of life of inhabitants by involving them in innovative and sustainable water supply solutions. Through the programme and together with our partners, we are contributing to the achievement of Sdg 6 (ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all), Sdg 8 (promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all) and Sdg 17 (strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development). The initiative is part of Unicef's strategy to involve the business sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Iraq and around the world. In the face of major challenges, we can only join forces, capitalising on common goals. We believe that to contribute to the growth of countries, it is increasingly important to create valuable partnerships with international cooperation agencies and organisations.

As part of our efforts to improve access to water in the country, in 2020, we also began renovating two water plants in the city of Al-Zubair that distribute around 30 million litres of drinking water per day. We started to construct 2 new water treatment trains for the Shat Al Arab river at the existing Al Baradhiya plant, with a capacity to produce 800m3 /h of drinking water that, it is estimated, will benefit at least 50,500 Basra residents from mid-2022 and a completion/start-up of the Al Burjesia reverse osmosis plant to produce 400 m3 /h of drinking water (Zubair district) that, it is estimated, will benefit around 38,400 people when fully operational. 


Energy for development

A book of photographs exploring our work in some of the countries in which we operate.