Al-Rifa'i District

Coordinates: 30°17′54″N 48°16′21″E / 30.29833°N 48.27250°E / 30.29833; 48.27250

Al-Rifai district is an Iraqi district located in the Dhi Qar Governorate, 80 km north of Nasiriyah and 300 km south of Baghdad. Its name is attributed to Sheikh Ahmed al-Rifa'i, founder of the Rifa'i Sufi order. It includes the administrative center of the city of Al-Rifai and the towns Al Nasir, Al Fajir (ناحية الفجر) and Qalat Sukkar. The district has a population of 450,000 people[citation needed], mostly Arabs and Shias who work in agriculture, small business, and government jobs.[1]

al-Rifai district

قضاء الرفاعي
al-Rifai district is located in Iraq
al-Rifai district
al-Rifai district
Coordinates: 31°43′14″N 46°06′28″E / 31.72056°N 46.10778°E / 31.72056; 46.10778
Country Iraq
GovernorateDhi Qar Governorate

Al-Rifai cityEdit

Al-Rifai city was built in 1880. In the mid 19th century, it attracted merchants from all around Iraq due to the agricultural plenty, especially wheat, barley, dates, and Arabic horses which had been exported to India. At first scattered houses and silos were built on both banks of Al-Gharraf River. The city was upgraded to a district in 1928.

Garraf oil fieldEdit

Garraf oil field located in al-Rafai district roughly 5 km northwest al-Rafai city. It was explored in 1984.[2] The oil field is 17.5 km long and 5.5 km wide[3] and holds between 860 million-1 billion barrels.[4][5] The yield oil is kind of light oil, its API gravity varies from 15° to 36°.

Garraf oil field was awarded to consortium led by Malaysian petronas with Japanese Jappex as secondary partner in Second licensing round in December 2009. According to the deal the remuneration fee offered was $1.49 and the 'plateau production target' was 150,000 barrels per day.[6]

So the agreement provides that Iraqi government representing by South Oil Company has 25% share of garraf oil field while Petronas has 45% and Japex hold 30% stake.[5][5]

Sumer universityEdit

Sumer university is a Public university located in al Rafai city, found in 2011. It consists of three colleges: college of Agriculture, college of management and economy, and college of basic education.[1]


  1. ^ a b "جامعة سومر | نبذة تاريخية عن مدينة الرفاعي". Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  2. ^ "Petronas taking bids for Garraf oil line in Iraq Arabian Oil and Gas, 11 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Garraf Archived 2015-09-25 at the Wayback Machine Iraq Energy, retrieved 12 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Q&A: Garraf Oilfield Director Settar Mahdi Jabara Iraq Oil Report, 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Weatherford Wins $200m Project at Garraf Oil Field Iraq Business News, 20 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Oil Stampede: Iraq's 2nd Bid Round Results Archived 2013-05-23 at the Wayback Machine Wikileaks, 14 December 2009.