Iraqi Kurdistan Boosts Dana Gas Production

By John Lee.

Dana Gas has reported a 67 percent rise in operating profits in 1Q 2014 to US$ 45 million (AED 164 million) as compared to US$ 27 million (AED 98 million) in Q1 2013.

This excludes the one-off gains of US$ 39 million (AED 143 million) profits arising out of the partial sale of MOL shares in 1Q 2013.

Gross revenues achieved in 1Q 2014 were US$ 180 million (AED 660 million), 18% higher than Q1 2013’s revenue of US$ 152 million (AED 557 million).

Increase in production (and sales) and tighter control of operational expenditure were the major contributors towards this rise in revenue and operating profit.

Commenting on the results, Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward, Chief Executive Officer, said:

We have made a solid operational start to the year and have delivered on our strategy of increasing output through organic growth, resulting in a 12% increase in production output to 68,800 boepd. This reflects the quality of our assets in Egypt and the KRI and provides confidence for additional growth potential going forward.

"For the time being our capital expenditure will remain in-line with our collections. We are committed to further increasing production in Egypt and continue our discussions with the relevant authorities to resolve the matter of overdue receivables.

"In Kurdistan, we have increased production by 6% through increased supply of LPG. The arbitration initiated by us and our consortium partners commenced in January 2014 with the successful formation of the Tribunal and proceedings are now ongoing.

"Regardless, we continue to operate our gas production facilities in Khor Mor at full capacity to provide the much needed power supply to the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

(Source: Dana Gas)

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