Oil ministry of Iraq stated that a new natural gas unit has been started to be operated by Iraq in the southeastern region as part of a plan to use gas that was previously flared to generate electricity.
The ministry statement also revealed that the plant located in Misan province, on the border with Iran, will process gas associated with crude pumped at the Fakka and Bazargan fields. All Misan fields to be brought on stream in the future will be connected to the plant.
OPEC's second largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia, Iraq flares about 70 percent of its gas output, according to the Basrah Gas Company which the nation set up in partnership with Shell and Mitsubishi.
Basrah Gas this year also started exporting cargoes of gas condensates and liquefied petroleum gas processed from fields in the Basrah region.
Thirteen years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, the country still suffers from an acute electricity shortage as it lacks power stations and gas supply.