DNO well in northern Iraq encounters oil

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 -- DNO ASA, Oslo, said its well in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, Tawke-1, encountered mobile oil at the top of the first of three prospective reservoir intervals (OGJ, Dec. 12, 2005, Newsletter).

Tawke-1, spudded on Nov. 28, reached the interval at 350 m. The drilling is part of production sharing agreements signed with the Kurdistan regional government in June 2004.

The operation is controversial because the agreement does not involve Iraq's formative central government.

The 24º gravity oil was circulated out and flared.

DNO plans to drill the full reservoir section, which the company believes could be 800 m thick, and conduct wireline logs. DNO is the operator with 40% interest.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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