Operations - Kurdamir Block
The Kurdamir-3 appraisal well was spudded on the giant oil discovery of the Kurdamir structure on February 22. Kurdamir-3 will evaluate the Oligocene reservoir. Casing is currently being set in the seal above the Oligocene reservoir at depth of approximately 2,400 metres, before drilling continues to a planned total depth of 2,800 metres. Testing is anticipated to be completed in the third quarter.
We have acquired approximately 20 percent of the data for the 3D seismic survey which covers the Kurdamir structure and extends onto the neighbouring Topkhana Block. This survey commenced in January 2013 and completion of the data acquisition phase is anticipated early in the third quarter. Following the completion of the Kurdamir/Tophkana seismic survey, the crew will be mobilized to conduct the North Garmian 3D seismic acquisition survey.
Planning and Development
Design work is beginning on appraisal and future potential development plans for the existing WesternZagros oil discoveries in the Sarqala area. A preliminary engineering design of the Sarqala-1 first phase central processing facility with 20,000 barrel-per-day capacity is underway.
In order to begin development planning on the Kurdamir Block, the joint venture has created a sub-committee and Talisman, as operator, has staffed a dedicated team to commence this work following the recent oil discoveries in the Kurdamir-2 well.
The Company and its joint venture partners continue discussions with the KRG to advance plans for the utilization of natural gas from both the Garmian and Kurdamir Blocks. Gas conservation studies are ongoing for pipeline routing, gas re-injection options to maximize oil recovery, and options for temporary and permanent power generation.