DNO restarts production in Kurdistan

Aug. 17, 2023
DNO ASA restarted production from Tawke field in Kurdistan following a 4-month shut-in triggered by the closure of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline export route.

DNO ASA restarted production from Tawke field in Kurdistan following a 4-month shut-in triggered by the closure of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline export route.

Production was restarted last month to conduct well integrity tests and synchronize reservoir models. Field output is currently averaging 40,000 b/d. The nearby Peshkabir field, on the same license, remains closed.

One-half of Tawke production is delivered to the Kurdistan Regional Government and the balance is sold by DNO on behalf of the contractors to local trading companies and delivered by road tanker.

Tawke and Peshkabir fields averaged combined production of 107,000 bo/d in 2022, representing a quarter of Kurdistan’s total exports. Peshkabir production was halted Mar. 28 (OGJ Online, Mar. 29, 2023).

Given uncertain timing of pipeline export resumption and continued delays in payments by the Kurdistan Regional Government for previous oil sales, DNO has cut back new investment spend and staffing levels.

DNO operates the Tawke license containing Tawke and Peshkabir fields with 75% interest. Genel Energy plc holds the remaining 25%.