Transforming wasted gas into energy for Iraq

Powering Progress in Iraq

One of the world’s largest gas flaring reduction projects

Basrah Gas Company (BGC) is an Iraqi joint venture established to fulfill Iraq’s energy strategy to further invest its natural gas resources and to achieve energy independence. BGC is also one of the largest gas flaring reduction projects in the world.

In 2013, BGC was established as a 25-year joint venture between Iraq’s South Gas Company holding 51%, Shell 44% and Mitsubishi Corporation 5%.  As the main gas processing hub in Iraq, BGC plays a vital role in fulfilling Iraq’s energy strategy and economic diversification by gathering and treating associated natural gas from Rumaila, West Qurna 1 and Zubair (Licensing Round-1 oilfields), turning the otherwise flared gas into cleaner energy.

The dry gas produced by BGC feeds the power plants in south of Iraq producing electricity to more than three million and half Iraqi homes. In addition to dry gas, in 2016 BGC was able to produce LPG (cooking gas) to fulfil and exceed the domestic market needs, turning Iraq from a net importer to a net exporter of LPG as well as condensate – adding an additional revenue stream to the country. Today BGC provides more than 80% of Iraq’s LPG demand.

x3 times

Increased gas processing capacity more than x 3 times since BGC’s inception in 2013


Ramped up gas processing capacity from 250mmscf/d to 900mmscf/d

3.4 GW

Generated 3.4 GW of electricity to power more than 3 million homes in Iraq

130 million tons

prevented 110 million tons of flared CO2e emissions from entering the atmosphere – from 2013 to 2021 = removing 3 Mill cars off the road

354 shipments

Turned Iraq from a net importer of LPG to a net exporter in 2016. 354 shipments in total from 2016 to 2021


Provides more than 80% of Iraq’s LPG demand

$2.5 billion

Injected more than $2.5 billion into the Iraqi economy through salaries, contracts, and suppliers- since inception in 2013

+1000 job

In 2021 BGC created more than +1000 job opportunities for Iraqis through a number of projects
n 2021

5051 secondees

BGC has 5156 secondees- 96% -Iraqis & rest are Shell expat staff. Integration is an integral pillar of BGC’s strategy