KCA Deutag Wins New Iraq Drilling Contracts

By John Lee.

UK-based drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has announced that it has been awarded a one year contract for two rigs to carry out land drilling operations in Southern Iraq.

Its T-210 rig (pictured) will move from Oman to work along with the T-601, bringing the company’s total number of rigs in Southern Iraq up to three.

This new contract, along with deals for another three rigs in other territories, have a combined contract value of $48 million.

Commenting on these awards, Simon Drew President of Land said:

“These contract wins, which come in a tough environment in the wider oil industry, are very important to the Land Business Unit and KCA Deutag as a whole.  They have been won against intense competition and I would congratulate all our staff on delivering these contract successes.  We look forward to delivering value to our clients through exceptional well construction performance.”

(Source: KCA Deutag)

Kuwait Energy plans New Wells in Iraq

By John Lee.

Kuwait Energy has said that by focusing on its Iraqi operations, it is protected against oil price fluctuations, allowing it to sustain growth and a strong balance sheet even under volatile market conditions.

In its Financial Statement for 1st Half 2017, the company says:

Our finances reflect the continued growth in the Company’s operations, and although global oil prices fell by around 20% in the second quarter of the year we remained profitable, a testimony to our naturally hedged Iraqi production, which continues to increase, reflected in the 47% increase in revenues – in comparison to the same period last year – and a healthy cash balance in excess of US$67.0 million …

In Iraq, we are paid regularly in the form of assigned crude shipments. The increase in our Iraqi production is now enabling us to take larger crude liftings than before. With the additional wells coming on stream over the coming months, these shipments will be more frequent adding to our cashflow growth. We are currently loading our largest Iraqi crude shipment and expect to receive the payment before the end of October 2017.

The company has interests in Mansuriya, Siba, and Block 9.

(Source: Kuwait Energy)

(Picture: Sara Akbar, CEO, Kuwait Energy)

ShaMaran starts Drilling at Chiya Khere

ShaMaran Petroleum has announced that drilling operations have commenced on the Chiya Khere (“CK-7”) appraisal and development well in the Atrush Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

CK-7 is located in the central area of the Atrush Block approximately 3 kilometres east of the Atrush 2 producing well and 3.5 kilometres west of the Atrush 3 appraisal well.

The main objectives of the well are to appraise the commercial potential of the Mus formation, to help reduce the uncertainty in the location of the medium to heavy oil transition zone and to serve as a further producing well.

The well will be drilled with the EDC Romfor 25 drilling rig (pictured) and is expected to take approximately 52 days. Planned total vertical depth for the well is approximately 1,575 metres.

(Source: ShaMaran)

ADES Targets Expansion into Iraq

By John Lee.

ADES International Holding, a London-listed company providing oil and gas drilling and production services, has said that it is “scaling existing operations and penetrating new markets through participation in a substantial pipeline of active tenders across the Middle East, in existing geographies as well as the UAE and onshore Iraq.

In its results for the six-month period ending 30th June 2017, it added that management expects a number of these tenders to close during the second half of 2017, with revenue contribution to commence in the first half of 2018.

Additionally, it said it has finalised exclusive marketing agreements with a number of shipyards for the rights to utilise 8 rigs in active tenders; “The agreements enable the Group to obtain new contracts and generate additional revenue without incurring the additional capital expenditure associated with a high-spec rig.

(Source: ADES International)

Iraq Drills first Well in Huwaiza Oil Field

By John Lee.

The Ministry of Oil announced on Sunday that it has started drilling the first well in the Huwaiza [Huweiza] oil field near the Iranian border, in Maysan [Missan] governorate.

The field is being developed by Missan Oil Company (MOC), with drilling being carried out by the Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC).

Geological studies and preliminary forecasts indicate reserves of more than one billion barrels of oil at the field.

(Source: Reuters)

DNO Spuds Third Peshkabir Well; Resumes Field Appraisal

DNO, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today announced resumption of appraisal drilling at the Peshkabir discovery on the Tawke license in the Kurdistan region of Iraq following extended testing of the Cretaceous and Jurassic reservoirs in the Peshkabir-2 well.

The Company spud the Peshkabir-3 well on 8 July as part of a fast track field development plan including the acquisition and installation of an early production facility by yearend 2017 to be followed by a pipeline connection to the Tawke export terminal at Fish Khabur.

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. 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.

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. “We’re particularly pleased about prospects at Peshkabir,” he added.

The Company holds a 55 percent working interest in and operates the Tawke license; Genel Energy plc holds a 25 percent interest and the Kurdistan Regional Government the remaining 20 percent interest.

(Source: DNO)

Gazprom Commissions three New Wells at Badra

Gazprom Neft Badra — a subsidiary of Russia’s Gazprom Neft — has commissioned three new production wells (BD-2, P-14 and P-10) at the Badra field in Iraq. Total production across all three wells is running at 23,000 barrels per day, with daily production at the field totalling 77,000 barrels. All three wells are operating under free-flow production.

Gazprom Neft commissioned four new wells at the Badra field in 2016, producing a total 30,500 barrels per day. Completion of well P-19 (running to a depth of 4,945 metres, and drilled in 216 days — a record at the Badra field) is currently ongoing, with the well expected to be commissioned in early March.

Pursuant to the agreed field development programme, Gazprom Neft is continuing the construction of oil and gas infrastructure.

Pre-commissioning works are currently ongoing at the gas treatment plant, with piping connections being installed, as well as electrical fixtures and automatic control systems. The first stage of this project will be commissioned in 1Q2017 and the second in 3Q2017.

Denis Sugaipov, Director of Major Projects, Gazprom Neft, commented:

Establishing cutting-edge high-technology production facilities at the Badra field is an essential precondition in effective asset development. Thanks to close collaboration with local and national government, Gazprom Neft has been given a unique opportunity in the Wassit Province to implement project for the fully integrated development of the territory, including not just oil production facilities but also the gas and energy infrastructure the region needs.

“The latest drilling and production technologies are being fine-tuned at the Badra field, and our company is acquiring invaluable experience in collaborating with those contractors recognised as leading the global oil and gas industry.

(Source: Gazprom Neft)

Anton Oilfield Services Completes First Iraq Well

China’a Anton Oilfield Services (Antonoil) has announced that the Group’s general workover and well completion project in Southern Iraq market was successfully started with the first well being completed on Tuesday.

Acquiring in the third quarter of 2015 with an amount of approximately US$140.0 million and a contract duration of 3 years, the project commenced in the fourth quarter of 2016 and officially embarked on the construction of the first well in late February 2017.

It is expected that there will be a workload of 37 wells this year. Additionally, the Group has lately been awarded by the same customer a new water well workover and completion project with an estimated value of approximately US$16.5 million. The provision of services is expected to span for a term of three years.

The project is the first large-scale service contract Anton Oilfield has entered into with an international oil company in Iraq. Hampered by falling international oil prices, the project was on hold even since the bid had been awarded in 2015. In the second half of 2016, capitalizing on the oil price recovery, the customer kicked off the project implementation. Anton Oilfield reacted with a speedy preparation, completing the operation of the first well with the highest quality without delay.

(Source: Anton Oilfield Services)

DNO to Step Up Drilling Campaign in Kurdistan

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today announced a stepped up drilling campaign in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the Sultanate of Oman on the back of 2016 operating profits and improved payments for exports from its flagship Tawke field in Kurdistan.

The Company also released its annual reserves report which showed an increase in combined proven and probable reserves (2P) and contingent resources (2C) following the new oil discovery at the Peshkabir field in Kurdistan.

DNO reported interim 2016 operating profits of USD 6 million, reversing an operating loss of USD 174 million in 2015. Following two years of cost cutting and asset rationalization, the Company is restarting investments to replenish its oil and gas reserves and restore production across its portfolio.

Planned 2017 capital investments are estimated at USD 100 million, and include four new production wells at Tawke. Elsewhere in Kurdistan, the Company plans to drill a third well at Peshkabir and an appraisal/production well at the Benenan field in the Erbil license. In Oman, two wells will be brought back onstream at Block 8 offshore with plans to nearly double output at the West Bukha and Bukha fields.

The Company is considering three additional wells at Tawke to raise production above current levels of around 115,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) contingent on regular and predictable export payments from the Kurdistan Regional Government.

During 2016, DNO received ten payments totaling USD 210 million net to the Company for Tawke exports and outstanding receivables. Three additional payments totaling USD 59 million net to DNO have been received to date in the first quarter.

These payments create momentum as we move into 2017,” said DNO’s Executive Chairman Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani.

Early production from Peshkabir and transport of oil to the Company’s gathering, processing and export facilities at Fish Khabur 12 kilometers away is under assessment.

The Peshkabir field positions us for production and reserves growth in our Kurdistan portfolio,” said Mr. Mossavar-Rahmani, indicating that the Cretaceous discovery added 47.9 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) of gross 2C resources.

As of 31 December 2016, DNO’s Company Working Interest (CWI) 2P reserves and 2C resources were estimated at 529.6 MMboe, up from 523.1 MMboe at year-end 2015. CWI 2P reserves were estimated at 368.3 MMboe, down from 391.5 MMboe at year-end 2015 after adjusting for CWI production of 25.3 MMboe during the year and a positive technical revision of 2.1 MMboe. CWI 2C resources were estimated at 161.3 MMboe, up from 131.6 MMboe at year-end 2015.

At Tawke, 2P reserves and 2C resources stood at 604.0 million barrels (MMbbls) at year-end 2016, down from 643.2 MMbbls at year-end 2015. Gross proven (1P) reserves stood at 347.7 MMbbls, down from 387.0 MMbbls at year-end 2015. Gross 2P reserves stood at 503.8 MMbbls, down from 543.0 MMbbls at year-end 2015. The reduction in each category reflected total production of 39.3 MMbbls from the field during the year.

International petroleum consultants DeGolyer and MacNaughton carried out the annual independent assessment of the Tawke field. DNO internally evaluated the remaining assets.

(Source: DNO)

US Firm in $210m Deal at Majnoon Field

By John Lee.

According to a report from Reuters, Anglo-Dutch Shell has signed a $210-million contract with US-based Halliburton to drill 30 wells at the Majnoon field over the next three years.

The contract is expected to raise output at the field from 220,000 barrels per day currently to about 400,000 bpd in three years.

(Source: Reuters)