ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, said it has resumed the appraisal drilling at the Peshkabir discovery on the Tawke license in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to bring forward production to year-end.
Following extended testing of the Cretaceous and Jurassic reservoirs in the Peshkabir-2 well, the Norwegian company spud the Peshkabir-3 well on 8 July as part of a fast track field development plan, DNO said in a statement.
DNO’s plan includes the acquisition and installation of an early production facility by year end 2017, which will be followed by a pipeline connection to the Tawke export terminal at Fish Khabur.
Tawke license production from the two fields has averaged 115,000 bopd month-to-date in July.
"With 16 consecutive monthly export payments from the Kurdistan Regional Government in line with contractual entitlements, we've ramped up drilling with three rigs currently active across the portfolio," said Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, DNO's executive chairman said. "We're particularly pleased about prospects at Peshkabir," he added.
The company holds a 55 per cent working interest in and operates the Tawke license; Genel Energy plc holds a 25 per cent interest and the Kurdistan Regional Government the remaining 20 per cent interest.
Three Cretaceous productive horizons (Upper Shiranish, Lower Shiranish and Qamchuqa) tested 3,800 barrels of oil per day (bopd), 4,000 bopd and 1,100 bopd, respectively, of 28o API gravity crude oil during a two-week cased hole testing program in May, DNO said. The Cretaceous column in the Peshkabir-2 well is estimated to range between 380-590 meters.
Two productive horizons in the deeper Jurassic formation tested 2,665 bopd and 400 bopd, respectively, of 25o API gravity crude oil, again over a two-week cased hole testing program in April. The Jurassic column in the Peshkabir-2 well is estimated to range between 125-160 meters.
The well's Lower Shiranish Cretaceous zone has been placed on production since late May at an average rate of 4,500 bopd, trucked to Fish Khabur some 12 kilometers away and commingled with Tawke production for pipeline export through Turkey.