Testing starts on second Iraq Tawke horizontal well

Extensive testing has started on a second horizontal well that was drilled in Tawke field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, said DNO International ASA, Oslo.

The exploration well, Tawke-23 has encountered continuous oil shows within a 930-m horizontal section in Tawke field’s main Cretaceous reservoir. The test program, expected to last up to 3 weeks, will focus on ten fracture zones with production potential, DNO said.

The company's first horizontal well in the field, Tawke-20, tested 8,000 b/d from each of ten producing intervals in the Cretaceous reservoir and is currently on stream at an average rate of 25,000 b/d (OGJ Online, July 22, 2013).

Also currently drilling in Kurdistan are two other Tawke horizontal development wells—Tawke-21 and Tawke-22—and the highly deviated Benenan-4 well in the Erbil license designed to appraise the additional reserves encountered in Benenan field by the Benenan-3 well (OGJ Online, Nov. 7, 2012).

DNO holds a 55% interest in and operates the Tawke license. Genel Energy PLC has 25% and the Kurdistan Regional Government 20%.

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