This next stage envisages a further 60,000 bopd of additional production capacity in order to reach the medium-term target of 100,000 bopd set for Phase 1 of the approved Shaikan Field Development Plan. This next stage will require construction of additional production facilities with gas injection and water handling capabilities, as well as the drilling of a substantial number of development and production wells.
Exploration & Appraisal
Shaikan (75% working interest; Operator)
The Shaikan-7 deep exploration well is currently drilling 17 ½” hole below 2,600 metres in the upper Triassic. Shaikan-7 will drill into the deep Triassic, after setting casing at the bottom of Kurre Chine B formation, and is then expected to penetrate the Permian with the first results expected in Q2 2014.
Sheikh Adi (80% working interest; Operator)
The first well to appraise the Sheikh Adi discovery, which spudded in December 2013, is drilling below 2,240 metres in the Alan formation in the Jurassic. A well testing programme to evaluate the potential of the Jurassic reservoirs in the Sheikh Adi footwall is currently being designed, before the well enters the Triassic.
Approximately 111 km of new 2D seismic data acquired in the north of the block during 2013, is being processed to evaluate potential new structures.
Ber Bahr (40% working interest)
The Ber Bahr-1 exploration well was successfully side-tracked in the first half of 2013 and tested 2,100 bopd of 15 degree API oil from the Jurassic Sargelu formation. A 3D seismic survey is underway, planned for completion by mid-year 2014. Ber Bahr-2, an appraisal well, is planned to spud in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Akri-Bijeel (20% working interest)
Further to the declaration of commerciality of the block by the operator in 2013, appraisal drilling continues and work is ongoing on the Field Development Plan for the Bijell and Bakrman discoveries, which is expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in Q2 2014 and approved later in 2014. The operator plans to complete four appraisal wells on the Bijell discovery and one appraisal well on the Bakrman discovery in 2014.
Bijell-1B has been side-tracked, completed as a producer in the Sargelu formation in the Jurassic and tied into the Bijell Extended Well Test facility (“EWT”) where initial flow rates of 3,500 bopd of 23 degrees API oil have been recorded. The operator expects that production from the Bijell EWT facility will reach its full capacity of 10,000 bopd of export quality crude by the end of 2014.