By John Lee.
DNO International has announced that two new high rate horizontal wells are now pumping oil at the Tawke filed in the Kurdish region.
The combined rate of production of both wells is 37,000 bpd.
By the year's end DNO expect to have 9 wells operational in the field, which they hold a 55% interest in. Genel Energy and the KRG hold the remaining interest in Tawke between them.
In one of the new wells, Tawke-21, eight productive fracture corridors penetrated by a 980-meter horizontal section in the main Cretaceous reservoir interval flowed an average rate of 9,700 barrels per day each.
In the other well, Tawke-22, located six kilometers away, seven productive fracture corridors penetrated by an 800-meter horizontal section flowed an average rate of 8,800 barrels per day each. Both wells are subject to wellbore and surface facilities limitations.
DNO International's Executive Chairman, Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani announced his satisfaction with the results.
"We hit a new production record of 129,000 barrels per day at the Tawke field on March 5 which is close to the limit of what we currently can deliver by pipeline and road tanker. With the exceptional results from these latest wells and the installation of early production packages and a new 24-inch pipeline, we are on track to meet our ambitious deliverability goal of 200,000 barrels per day in 2014."