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Swara Tika Discovery Declared Commercial

HKN Energy Ltd. (HKN) has announced that it has notified the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (KRG) that the Swara Tika discovery is a “Commercial Discovery” pursuant to the terms of the Sarsang Production Sharing Contract. HKN, as operator of the Sarsang Block, has drilled two wells on the Swara Tika structure. The Swara Tika-1 […]

ShaMaran Announces Atrush-4 Test Results

By John Lee. ShaMaran Petroleum has announced the results of the Atrush-4 appraisal/development well (“AT-4”) drilled in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The AT-4 well was spudded on October 20, 2013 using the DQE31 drilling rig and reached Total Depth of 2916m MD on January 23, 2014. The well was deviated well from the AT-1 […]

ShaMaran Announces Reserves and Resources

ShaMaran Petroleum has reported initial recognition of reserves as well as updates to estimated contingent resources and prospective resources for the Atrush block as of December 31, 2013. The reserves and resources estimates were provided by McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd., the Company's independent qualified resources evaluator, and were prepared in accordance with standards set […]

Marathon Finds Oil and Gas at Mirawa

By  John Lee. Marathon Oil Corporation has announced that the Mirawa-1 exploration well has discovered multiple stacked oil and natural gas producing zones on the Company's operated Harir Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Located approximately 40 miles northeast of Erbil, the Mirawa-1 well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 14,000 feet. […]

KRG Approves Development of Atrush

By John Lee. ShaMaran Petroleum has announced that the Atrush partners have received approval from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for the first phase in the development of the Atrush Block. The TAQA-operated Block, located 85 km northwest of Erbil, is expected to initially produce approximately 30,000 barrels of gross oil per day (bpd) with […]

KRG Clarifies Incident at HKN Energy Block

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government has denied that an incident involving HKN Energy in the Kurdish region of Iraq was related to security issues, and said it was instead tied to a labour dispute. In a statement, the KRG also denied media reports that about 120 oil workers were held hostage: "The Kurdistan […]

TAQA Buys into Atrush Block

By John Lee. General Exploration Partners (GEP) has signed a purchase and sale agreement to sell 53.2% of its participating interest in the Atrush Block to Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (“TAQA”). In conjunction with the sale, Aspect Energy International, LLC will divest itself of any interest in GEP, leaving ShaMaran Ventures B.V. (a […]

Total Says Unclear if Iraq Wants it to Exit Halfaya

By John Lee. The chief executive of French energy giant Total, Christophe de Margerie (pictured), has said that it is not clear if Iraq wants the company to withdraw from the Halfaya oilfield due to its dealings in Iraqi Kurdistan. Total recently acquired a 20 percent interest in the Taza oil exploration block there from […]

Abu Dhabi's TAQA to Buy Atrush Block?

By John  Lee. The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) is said to be in advanced talks to buy a stake in the Atrush Block in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Atrush Block is operated by the joint-venture company General Exploration Partners (GEP) which holds an 80 percent working interest in the Block. Aspect Holdings, LLC through […]

Total in Kurdistan Deal with Marathon

By John Lee. Following months of speculation, France's Total has announced the completion of an acquisition of 35% interest in two exploration blocks in Iraqi Kurdistan. In a brief statement, the company said: "Total ... announced the signature of a Farm-in Agreement in two exploration blocks in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. "Total has completed an […]