DNO picks up Peshkabir production in Kurdistan

DNO IraqDNO aims to expand its oil and gas portfolio in the Middle East region. (Image source: Imahornfan/Flickr)DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has announced a two-thirds increase in production from the Peshkabir field in the Tawke license in Iraq’s Kurdistan region

The oil production reached to 25,000 bopd following completion of the Peshkabir-4 well testing programme.

The Peshkabir-4 well was designed as a high angle well to assess the central part of the structure four kilometres west of the Peshkabir-3 well and drilled to a measured depth of 3,525 metres, including a 1,150 metre extended reach reservoir section. A total of 11 zones were tested and flowed between 1,500 bopd and 7,000 bopd per zone.

The next well in the 2018 field development campaign, Peshkabir-5, has been drilled seven kilometres west of Peshkabir-3 and has successfully proved the westward extension of the field. Completed in June 2018, it is currently undergoing final testing. A total of four zones have been tested so far and flowed between 4,000 bopd and 7,500 bopd per zone.

DNO said that it will bring this well onstream in August and expects to reach and surpass its previously announced summer 2018 Peshkabir production target of 30,000 bopd.

“The pickup in Peshkabir production puts new meaning to the fast in fast track in development of this field by the DNO team,” said Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, executive chairman of DNO.

Two other wells, Peshkabir-6 and Peshkabir-7, are drilling ahead at 3,900 metres and 3,100 metres, respectively. Peshkabir-6, a near vertical well, will explore the field's deeper Triassic formation and establish the Cretaceous oil/water contact level. Peshkabir-7 is a high angle producer well located between Peshkabir-4 and Peshkabir-5.

DNO has a 75 per cent interest in the Tawke license, which contains the Tawke and Peshkabir fields, with partner Genel Energy plc holding the remainder. Together, the output from the two fields has averaged 106,000 bopd year-to-date.

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