Block 12


Rosneft Discovers Oil at Block 12

By John Lee.

Bashneft, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosneft, has found oil at its Salman-1 exploratory well at Block 12 in Iraq.

In a statement, the company said that an exploration well was successfully drilled to depth 4,277 metres; oil was found, “which gives grounds for expecting the discovery of industrial reserves“.

Rosneft said it views this discovery as an important milestone in the development of exploration and production projects abroad.

China-based company Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group (ZPEC) was previously announced as the general drilling contractor.

(Source: Rosneft)

Premier Oil has “Successfully Exited” its Position in Iraq

By John Lee.

Premier Oil has announced that it has “successfully exited” its position in Iraq.

The company was awarded a 40-percent stake in the Block 12 concession in 2012, but said in December 2015 that it would assign its participating interest to the operator, Russia’s Bashneft, which was subsequently acquired by Rosneft.

(Source: Premier Oil)

Rosneft Starts Drilling at Block 12

Russia’s Rosneft group has started drilling its first exploration well at Block 12 in Iraq.

The Salman-1 well will be drilled to the measured depth of 4,245 m through Kurra Chine target horizon to be followed by further testing of five prospective targets. The Company plans to complete drilling in July 2017.

Company of Rosneft group acts as the operator of the exploration and development of Block 12. China-based company Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group (ZPEC) is the general drilling contractor .

Iraq has huge proved and undeveloped oil resources. Exploration in Iraq is an important step in implementing the Rosneft strategy to expand competences in the area of hydrocarbon exploration and production outside of Russia.

The prospective oil-bearing Block 12 is located in the Najaf and Muthanna provinces, approximately 80 km to the southwest of the city of Samawa and 130 km to the west of the city of Nasriya. The block is a part of the Western Desert, an unexplored region having the biggest oil potential in Iraq. It has an area of 7,680 sq km. Exploration works on Block 12 are considered “low risk” due to its prospects.

(Source: Rosneft)

Bashneft Completes Surveys at Block 12

Russia’s Bashneft has completed field seismic surveys at Block 12 as part of the geological exploration programme approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil.

The Oil Exploration Company, an Iraqi company specializing in geological and geophysical exploration, which won the open tender in the spring of 2014, has been employed as a contractor to conduct seismic surveys at Block 12; during the six months, the company performed 3D seismic surveys covering an area of 849 sq. km and 2D seismic surveys along two lines with a total length of 192 linear kilometres.

Currently, seismic data processing and interpretation is underway; the data will serve as a basis for seismic and geological modelling aimed at identifying formations that are potentially oil- and gas-bearing. The start of exploration drilling at Block 12 has been scheduled for late 2016.

The five-year geological exploration programme at Block 12, which may be extended for two years, involves conducting 2D and 3D seismic surveys and drilling one exploration well. Investments in the geological exploration programme to be made during the five-year period are to total US$ 120 million.

Under the service contract, before the start of seismic surveys, Bashneft had conducted an environmental impact assessment and a survey of the site designated for seismic exploration in order to detect unexploded mines and shells. Given that operations in Iraq entail considerable risk, the Company gives priority to ensuring the safety of its employees and contractors working at Block 12.

Block 12 has an area of 7.68 thousand sq. km and forms part of the Western Desert, an unexplored region having the greatest oil potential in Iraq. The Block is located in the Najaf and Muthanna provinces, approximately 80 kilometres to the south-west of the city of Samawa and 130 kilometres to the west of the city of Nasriya.

Bashneft gained the right to operate hydrocarbon exploration, development and production at Block 12 following a licensing round in June 2012.

To implement the project, a consortium was established, with Bashneft being represented by its wholly owned subsidiary, Bashneft International B.v. , which owns a 70% stake in the consortium and acts as the operator of the project.

Bashneft’s partner in the consortium, Premier Oil, is represented by its subsidiary, Premier Oil Exploration and Production (Iraq) Ltd., holding a 30% stake.

On November 8, 2012, the consortium signed a 25-year exploration, development and production service contract (EDPSC) with the Iraqi state-owned South Oil Company; the contract may be renewed for five years.

(Source: Bashneft)

Premier Oil to Drill Block 12 in 2016/17

By John Lee.

In its half-yearly results, Premier Oil gave the following update on its operations in Iraq:

“In Iraq, work continues onshore Block 12, in which Premier was awarded a non-operated 30 per cent interest in November 2012. Block 12 is an 8,000 square kilometre block in the foreland of the Zagros fold belt, up-dip from producing fields.

“New 2D and 3D seismic data is being acquired and, subject to its interpretation, an exploration well will be drilled in either 2016 or 2017.”

(Source: Premier Oil)