DNO International ASA : DNO International Updates Operations
Oslo, 16 September 2013 -- DNO International ASA ("DNO International"), the
Norwegian oil and gas company, announced today that it has commenced extensive
testing of the Tawke-23 exploration well in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The
well is the second horizontal well drilled by the Company in the Tawke field
and has encountered continuous oil shows within a 930 metre horizontal section
in the main Cretaceous reservoir. The test program, expected to last up to
three weeks, will focus on ten fracture zones with production potential.
The Company's first horizontal well in the field, Tawke-20, tested 8,000
barrels per day from each of ten producing intervals in the Cretaceous
reservoir and is currently on stream at an average rate of 25,000 barrels per
Also currently drilling in Kurdistan are two other Tawke horizontal
development wells, Tawke-21 and Tawke-22, and the highly deviated Benenan-4
well in the Erbil license designed to appraise the additional reserves
encountered in the Benenan field by the Benenan-3 well earlier this year.
Benenan-3 has been completed and temporary production facilities installed,
pending government approval to commence sales.
The Bastora-2 well in the Erbil license has been completed and temporary
production facilities are undergoing installation. The Bastora field
development plan was previously approved and the Ministry of Natural Resources
now has authorized sales from the field with first deliveries anticipated in
Elsewhere, drilling of the Saleh-8 well offshore the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah
has concluded and the rig released. The 5,205 metre well, including a 327
metre horizontal section, was drilled into the Thamama reservoir and delivered
initial rates of 15 million cubic feet of natural gas and 1,000 barrels of
condensate per day. The well subsequently exhibited a decline in flowing
wellhead pressure and rates along with increasing water production. Saleh-8
will be tied into the existing infrastructure to enable production and
pressure monitoring. In the interim, artificial lift studies will be
undertaken on the partially depleted upper Wasia reservoir. An exploration
well is also planned to be drilled to the east of the Saleh field by another
operator in 2014. DNO International will be carried for a 16 percent interest
on this well.
In Block 32, Republic of Yemen, the Salsala-1 exploration well has drilled
through the primary Shugra formation target prospect. The well has reached
3,840 metres and is currently being logged and samples taken before resumption
of drilling to a depth of 4,100 metres.
Based on current trends, DNO International expects third quarter production
from its fields in Kurdistan, Oman and Yemen will reach record gross levels of
around 85,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), corresponding to an
estimated Company Working Interest (CWI) production of 50,000 boepd. Gross
production for full year 2012 was 67,238 boepd, corresponding to 38,354 boepd
on a CWI basis.
The Company expects third quarter revenues will be around NOK 750 million.
--- DNO International ASA is an Oslo-listed, Middle East and North Africa
focused oil and gas company holding stakes in 20 blocks in various stages of
exploration, development and production both onshore and offshore in the
Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Republic of Yemen, the Sultanate of Oman, the
United Arab Emirates, the Tunisian Republic and Somaliland.---
Oslo, 16 September 2013
DNO International ASA
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