Shell Iraq Petroleum Development (SIPD) is the lead operator of Majnoon, one of the world’s largest oil fields in the world, and has developed the asset alongside its partners Petronas, Missan Oil Company and permit holder South Oil Company.   

Majnoon, located 37 miles away from Basrah in Southern Iraq, is estimated by the Iraqi Government to hold around 38 billion barrels of oil in place and is currently producing more than 200,000 barrels per day.

To share the benefits of the field with the local communities, such as Al Nashwa situated adjacent to Majnoon, SIPD has implemented a series of social performance initiatives in collaboration with local leaders, tribes and strategic partners such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

As a result of a public engagement in Al Nashwa, a sub-district of the Shatt Al Arab district in Basrah Province, UNDP highlighted a lack of economic opportunities as a major concern triggering the launch of the Majnoon Livelihood programme.

In Q3 2014, 13 businesses were established to support entrepreneurship and meet local community demands through grocery stores, a bakery, car repair, carpentry services and other initiatives.

By providing continued support and advice the businesses continues to develop positively whilst serving the needs of the local market.

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The Futbol Net program in Iraq is supported by Shell and Barcelona Football Club Foundation.

Mobile Clinics

A social initiative by Shell Iraq for people who do not have access to medical facilities or are unable to travel to hospitals for medical care.

Oil and Gas Training Centre

Shell demonstrates continued commitment to Iraq through investment and development of technical training center in Majnoon area of Southern Iraq.

Livelihood project

An Iraqi initiative in Basrah Province is making a difference for many families with limited access to health care.

Woman Health Volunteers Network

An Iraqi initiative in Basrah Province is making a difference for many families with limited access to health care.

Our Legacy

Shell Iraq is committed to the economic and social development of local communities and has delivered numerous projects in the communities neighbouring our operations in Basra, in the areas of health, education, capacity building and road safety.