DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, announced a tripling of production from the Peshkabir field in the Tawke licence in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The production was increased to 15,000bpd following completion of the Peshkabir-3 well testing, stimulation and clean-up programme.
A total of 11 zones in a 1.2km horizontal section of Cretaceous and Jurassic reservoir in the Peshkabir-3 well were individually tested and flowed successfully, of which ten were oil zones and one a gas zone.
The oil zones tested an average of 5,340bopd per zone on a 64/64" choke, with the highest individual test rate of 7,200bopd. A multi-zone combined production test totalled 12,500bopd on a 128/64" choke from five zones.
Production from the previously drilled Peshkabir-2 well, in operation since May, together with that of the new Peshkabir-3 well are currently processed through temporary test package facilities and trucked to DNO's adjacent Tawke field facilities for export.
As previously announced, the Tawke licence partners are proceeding with fast track plans to commission an early production facility by year-end and complete installation of pipeline connections early in 2018 to allow ramp up of output at the Peshkabir field.
Preparations are underway to drill the Peshkabir-4 well which will also be designed to test the underlying Triassic reservoir.
DNO operates and has a 75% interest in the Tawke licence, with partner Genel Energy plc holding the remainder. The licence contains the Tawke and Peshkabir fields which has a combined year-to-date production averaged at 110,000bopd.