Oryx Plots Path to Oil Production

By John Lee.

As part of its results for Q3 2013, Oryx Petroleum gave the following update on its Iraqi operations:

Demir Dagh Appraisal - The Corporation has significantly progressed its appraisal plan for the Demir Dagh discovery. Oryx Petroleum has a 65% participating and working interest in the Hawler license area. Key highlights include the following:

Early Production Facility ("EPF") and related infrastructure - The design of the previously announced EPF leased from Expro is complete with the main separation trains under refurbishment and fabrication of storage tanks in progress. The facility is designed to have multiple trains with the ability to process light, heavy, sweet and sour crude types.

The acquisition of land needed for the EPF is complete and civil works to prepare the site are well underway. Equipment has been ordered and is being mobilized to site for both for the planned truck loading facility and the tie-in to the Khurmala-Faysh Khabur pipeline.

Appraisal Drilling - With the completion of the AAS-1 exploration well initial testing, the Sakson Hilong 10 rig has moved to Demir Dagh and will spud the DD-3 well approximately 3 km to the South-East of DD-2. DD-3 is expected to spud in the second half of November with a targeted total depth of 4,135 metres.

The well is intended to appraise the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic age reservoirs that were discovered with DD-2. In particular, DD-3 will appraise formations in the Jurassic and Triassic where inconclusive results of DD-2 allowed for the booking of only prospective or contingent resources. The Corporation expects DD-3 to reach total depth and re-test in Q1 2014.

Another appraisal well (DD-4) is expected to be spudded in late Q4 2013 after the testing of the ZEG-1 exploration well and re-completion of the DD-2 well. DD-4 is expected to be drilled to a total depth of 2,130 metres, approximately 1 km to the South-West and across a major fault of DD-2 in order to appraise the flank of the Cretaceous reservoir and be completed as a producing well.

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