Heritage has indicated oil find in Kurdistan

Heritage Oil Ltd., Calgary, plans to test its Miran West-1 indicated discovery in the southern part of Iraq's Kurdistan region after encountering oil shows over a 1,100-m interval.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 27 -- Heritage Oil Ltd., Calgary, plans to test its Miran West-1 indicated discovery in the southern part of Iraq's Kurdistan region after encountering oil shows over a 1,100-m interval.

The first well on the license, it went to a total depth of 2,935 m, recovered oil while drilling, and encountered shows the company described as "excellent" in the region's three main proved reservoirs (OGJ Online, Dec. 22, 2008). Heritage said it recovered good quality, light, sweet oil to surface while drilling.

The license covers 1,015 sq km west of the city of Suleimaniah and close to one of Iraq's export pipelines. Tests of the Shiranish, Kometan, and Qamchuqua reservoirs are to take as long as a month.

The company will perforate the most highly prospective fractured zones and run a series of drillstem tests through casing over a 500-m gross interval.

Miran West and East, two large structures, cover 330 sq km and were mapped from 332 line-km of seismic data Heritage shot between April and June 2008.

The company's Heritage Energy Middle East subsidiary is operator and holds a 100% interest in the Miran license. Back-in rights, if fully exercised, could result in a minimum holding of 56.25%.

On the 846-sq-km Qara Dagh block to the south, Calgary firms Niko Resources Ltd. and Vast Exploration Inc. are shooting 2D seismic. The survey is being conducted in the northwest part of Qara Dagh, and Niko and Vast anticipate targeting the same reservoirs as at Miran and other reservoirs in the Zagros fold belt.

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