Shaikan-6 Appraisal Well
The move of the WDI 842 rig to the location of the Shaikan-6 appraisal well is ongoing. The well, which will be drilled 9 km to the east of the Shaikan-2 appraisal well, is due to spud in December 2011. Estimated TD for Shaikan-6 is 3,800 metres subject to technical conditions.
Shaikan oil sales
Gulf Keystone has recommenced sales of the Shaikan crude to the domestic market of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq at a rate of about 1,500-2,000 barrels of oil per day. This initial rate for the crude produced at the Shaikan-1 & 3 Extended Well Test (EWT) facilities has been set to meet current domestic oil sales specifications. Volumes of oil production and sales, both into the domestic and export markets, are due to increase significantly after the ongoing upgrade of the Shaikan-1 & 3 EWT facilities has been completed.
Gulf Keystone is the Operator of the Shaikan block with a working interest of 75 per cent and is partnered with Kalegran Ltd. (a 100 per cent subsidiary of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.) and Texas Keystone Inc., which have working interests of 20 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.
Ber Bahr-1 Exploration Well
The first exploration well on the Ber Bahr block has drilled to a measured depth of 1,765 metres at the top of the Triassic with hydrocarbons indications observed in the well. Wireline logging is underway which will be followed by running of 9 5/8" casing. The well will then continue drilling to the estimated TD of 2,100 metres.
Gulf Keystone has a 40 percent working interest in the Ber Bahr block operated by Genel Energy, which holds a 40 percent working interest in the block. The Kurdistan Regional Government has a 20 percent carried interest in the Ber Bahr Production Sharing Contract. The Operator's resource estimate for the Ber Bahr block is 1.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent-initially-in-place.