DNO, Genel, Strike Oil at Tawke-16

Shares in Norwegian oil firm DNO International  were up as much as 15% in intraday trading on Wednesday, following the company's announcement that it has stuck oil at its Tawke oilfield in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Genel Energy, with which it shares the field, was up nearly 5% at one stage before falling back.

The full text of the announcement to the market follows:

DNO announced today that its just-completed Tawke-16 well in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq flowed at a cumulative rate in excess of 25,000 barrels per day of 26-27º API gravity oil from multiple, independently tested zones. The Company expects to connect the well to existing pipeline and processing facilities by mid-April, boosting the Tawke field's deliverability.

The Tawke-16 well was designed to probe and appraise the undrilled northern flank of the Tawke field. It reached total depth of 2,369 metres and encountered over 350 metres of gross continuous oil column in the Cretaceous interval of the Tawke field. The well was spud in late December 2011 and the cost to drill, complete and test the well was under $7 million.

DNO International will continue to actively develop the Tawke field, with the goal of establishing 100,000 barrels per day of sustainable deliverability before year end. Tawke-16 is the first of four wells targeting the Cretaceous interval that the Company plans to drill in 2012, while a fifth, Tawke Deep, will also penetrate the deeper Jurassic and Triassic intervals in the field later this year."

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