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Iraq's Oil-Rig Count Tumbles

By John Lee. Iraq's oil-rig count has reportedly fallen by almost two-thirds this year. Iraqi sources told S&P Global Platts that the total now averages 32 rigs operated by IOCs this month, down from 88 rigs in December 2019. Federal Iraq is averaging 31 rigs this month, compared with 76 in December, while the Iraqi […]

DNO Guides 2020 Production and Spend

By John Lee. DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today provided production and spend guidance for the balance of the year ahead of its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday. The Company reported that it has implemented the target 35 percent reductions across all spend categories to shrink its 2020 budget by USD 350 […]

China's Zhongman wins $27m Iraqi Drilling Contract

By John Lee. China’s Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Corp., Ltd. (ZPEC) has reportedly announced a new drilling contract with Weatherford in Southern Iraq. Chinese media reports that the deal is worth approximately $27 million, and follows another contract with Weatherford in Iraq agreed in December. The oil field was not identified. (Source: Eastmoney)

New Well at Taq Taq is Close to Production

Genel Energy has announce an update on activity at the Taq Taq field (Genel 44% working interest), as testing of the TT-34 well is nearing completion. The well has produced from all zones tested, at a maximum combined flow rate of over 3,900 bopd with 28/64" choke. With the inclusion of test production, gross production […]

KCA Deutag Wins Contract Extension in Iraq

By John Lee. ​Scottish-based KCA Deutag has announces that its land drilling operation has won new contracts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. In Iraq, two of the company's rigs have had their contracts extended by one year. KCA Deutag currently has three rigs in Iraq. (Source: KCA Deutag)

Parker Drilling Wins Contract at Qara Dagh

Genel Energy has announced the signing of a contract with Parker Drilling for the drilling of the QD-2 well on the Qara Dagh field (Genel 40% working interest, operator), in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The QD-2 well will test the structural crest 10 km to the north-west of the QD-1 well, which tested sweet, […]

IDC to Drill Oil Wells at Nasiriya

By John Lee. The Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) has signed a contract with the Dhi Qar Oil Company to drill 20 wells at Nasiriyah oil field. Fayyad Hassan Nehmeh, Undersecretary for Extraction Affairs, said the new wells will increase the field's oil production by 40,000 bpd, in addition to the investment of gas associated with […]

New Drilling Contracts Awarded at Majnoon

By John Lee. Basra Oil Company (BOC) has signed two contracts for new drilling at the giant Majnoon oil field. China's Hilong Oil Service & Engineering Company is to drill 80 oil wells at a cost of $54 million, while the Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) will drill 43 oil wells at a cost of $255 […]

TAQA Acquires Schlumberger's Iraq Business

Saudi Arabia’s Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) has announced that its drilling subsidiary, Arabian Drilling Company (ADC), has agreed to acquire Schlumberger’s Middle East onshore drilling rigs business in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Pakistan for $415 million (SAR 1.56 billion). According to a TAQA press release, the transaction transforms ADC into a regionaldrilling leader […]

Zhongman starts Drilling in Diyala Province

By John Lee. China's Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Corp., Ltd. (ZPEC) has reportedly started drilling its first oil well in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Tuesday. The mayor of Qazaniya told Xinhua that it is more than fifty years since an oil well was drilled in Diyala province. Mazin al-Khuzaie added that […]

Successful Appraisal Drilling at Eridu Field in Iraq

Lukoil and Inpex Corporation have successfully completed testing of the fifth well as part of the appraisal phase at the Eridu field (Block 10) in the southern part of Iraq. The well recorded daily flow rate of more than 1,500 cubic meters of oil from the Mishrif formation and proved the current geological model of […]