A 12 year old Zain Al-Abedeen Thejeel from Nasiriya (225 miles south of Baghdad) became suspicious of a car with “strange wires” which a stranger insisted to park near Zain’s home. He sneaked under the car pulled the number plates and reported the suspicious car to the authorities. Upon inspection by police explosive experts, the car did turn out to be packed full of explosives ready to be detonated and they managed to defuse it.
Zain Thaejeel’s bravery and miraculous unusual action was recognised by the Nasiriya Police Commander (on 17th September 2013) and the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki (on 21st September 2013).
Another security breach and a failure on behalf of the authorities but with a HAPPY ending this time…
Iraqi PM Nouri Al-Maliki presents an award to Zain Thejeel/ Nasiriah, Iraq on 20 Sept 2013
The Gharraf [Garraf] oil field in Thi Qar [Dhi Qar] province, 85km north of the City of Nasiriyah, started producing oil on a large scale.
Gharraf Oilfield, Nasiriya 2013
Iraq’s Ministry of Oil said the flow rate was 35,000 barrels a day, and peak production of 230,000 bpd was expected in 2017. Oil production started on Saturday 31st August 2013
Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX), in partnership with Malaysian national oil company PETRONAS and the Iraqi state-owned North Oil Company (NOC), secured the winning bid for the field in December 2009 under Iraq’s Second Petroleum Licensing Round.
The Thi Qar Governor, Yahya Mohamed Baqir Al-Naseri in a visit to the newly constructed Oil field announced that an extra 11 oil wells will be drilled very soon to complete the first stage.
(Sources: Ministry of Oil, iraq-businessnews, Nasiriya News Network)
Ti Qar Governor in Gharraf Oilfield, Nasiriya – Iraq Sept 2013
Gharraf Oilfield Manager (Middle) with Thi Qar Governor (right)
Petronas and JAPEX staff in Gharraf oilfield control room