DNO and Tawke in Kurdistan: How an Iraq oil giant has emerged

Tore Lilloe-Olsen Nils A. Bang DNO International ASA Oslo The oil business abounds with "geological explorers." One might think that these geologists would be satisfied with simply finding the oil, then leaving it to reservoir and production engineers to get it out of the ground and off to market. If DNO International activities in Kurdistan are any indication, nothing can be further from the truth. Northwestern Iraq's rugged Kurdistan region was unexplored until DNO International ASA became the first western enterprise to sign a production sharing contract in 2004 (Fig. 1). The Kurdistan region of Iraq is a windswept, remote area that in turn seems both intimidating as ...

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