By John Lee.
The agreement, signed between a consortium led by Kuwait Energy plc and Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) puts in place the mechanism by which Kuwait Energy will be paid for services in Block 9.
The signing ceremony took place in SOMO’s Baghdad Headquarters and was attended by Majid Al-Hilfi representing SOMO, Sara Akbar, CEO, Kuwait Energy, Ibrahim Fathy, Assistant Deputy CEO for Development and Reservoir Production Dept., Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Asri Mousa, representing Dragon Oil Holdings Ltd.
The Agreement with SOMO will enable allocation of crude cargoes to be sold in compensation for the services the consortium is rendering in Block-9. Kuwait Energy is expected to be allocated its first cargo of oil entitlement for Kuwait Energy’s working interest share from Faihaa-1 well covering the production of oil from October 2015 – March 2016.
Sara Akbar said:
“Today marks an important milestone in Kuwait Energy’s history and its Iraq operBlock dations in particular, as this Agreement will facilitate receiving revenue from our Iraq operations after 5 years of Kuwait Energy’s work and investment in Iraq.
“It wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the excellent relationship and cooperation between the Consortium, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil and the South Oil Company, which maintained focus and discipline allowing production startup from this important asset in one year from the discovery”.
In 2013, Kuwait Energy was awarded the Block 9 Exploration, Development & Production Service Contract (EDPSC) in southern Iraq as operator and currently holds a 60% participating interest.
First exploration well in Block 9 was spud in March 2014 which led to significant oil discoveries in September and December of the same year. Oil production commenced from the Block in October 2015, only a year after the first discovery was made.
(Source: Kuwait Energy)