By John Lee.
DNO, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, produced its first 100 million barrels of oil at its flagship Tawke field in February.
Executive Chairman Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani told a conference in Oslo:
"Output will pick up at Tawke this spring with the expansion of the field's capacity to 200,000 barrels per day."
A new 24-inch pipeline is already in place and Tawke-30, the last horizontal production well in the current drilling campaign, has reached target depth and is undergoing completion. Installation of the remaining surface processing facilities is progressing on schedule.
"Our priority now is to work with the Kurdistan Regional Government to monetize all oil produced at Tawke according to contractual entitlements," said Mr. Mossavar-Rahmani.
Sales by DNO into the local market commenced in the first quarter and will be stepped up with growing field deliverability as an interim measure to generate ongoing revenues to the company.