Talisman, WesternZagros test light oil at Kurdamir, Iraq

Talisman Energy Inc. said it tested light oil at rates as high as 3,450 b/d from a “significant accumulation” in Lower Oligocene at its Kurdamir-2 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and that it plans to test two more zones in the oil leg in coming weeks.

Talisman, operator of the Kurdamir block with a 40% working interest, also said it will drill the Kurdamir-3 appraisal well in early 2013. WesternZagros Ltd. has 40% interest in the block, and the Kurdistan Regional Government has a 20% carried interest.

Kurdamir-2 stabilized at as much as 3,450 b/d of 38° gravity oil and 8.8 MMcfd of gas on a 2-day test on a cased-hole test of a 20-m fractured reservoir below the main porous zone, Talisman said. The final rate was achieved on a 72/64-in. choke with 810 psi wellhead flowing pressure.

Talisman said, “The results of this test confirm the presence of an oil column of at least 146 m in the Oligocene reservoir, with no evidence yet of the oil-water contact level. The deeper extent of the oil column will be appraised by the drilling of the Kurdamir-3 well.”

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