DNO to test at least five zones at Kurdistan well

By OGJ editors

DNO International ASA, Oslo, will flow-test at least five zones at Peshkabir-1, the company’s deepest well yet on the Tawke license in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Oil shows were observed across three potentially productive intervals. Full and sidewall cores suggest a continuous hydrodynamic column in the Cretaceous interval, and the additional shows in the Jurassic and Triassic intervals are the first the company has encountered at lower depths on the Tawke license.

The Peshkabir-1 well was designed to probe a large undrilled feature west of producing Tawke field (see map, OGJ, Feb. 6, 2012, p. 50). Spudded in September 2011, it reached total depth of 4,092 m.

Meanwhile, DNO reworked the Tawke-15 well, drilled and completed in the Cretaceous in 2011 but shut in due to low productivity. The post-workover test rate is 7,000 b/d of oil, and DNO has connected the well to existing pipeline and processing facilities.

Tawke-14 is drilling below 1,800 m on the field’s northern flank and is another of the planned 2012 wells designed to confirm and delineate the potential of the Cretaceous in an untested upstructure location. Tawke-14 is expected to reach a total depth of 2,665 m in the second quarter of 2012.

Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, DNO’s executive chairman, said, “We continue on track to establish 100,000 barrels per day of deliverability from the Tawke license before yearend, and we remain confident that in time we will be in a position to place more and more of this oil in both regional and international markets.”

DNO is operator of Tawke field with a 55% working interest. Genel Energy has 25% and the Kurdistan Regional Government 20%.

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