DNO International ASA of Oslo has started a multi-well development project in the Benenan field depending on the Erbil license in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
According to the company, Benenan 3 has found movable oil in the Bekhme formation at the depth of 2000 meter. More tests are being conducted to acquire more data.
The construction and completion of Benenan will be in the Najmeh formation and it will come out as a horizontal producer. The Najmeh formation is deeper and it remain oil bearing in the Benenan discovery and appraisal wells in the Bekhme formation, but these data and information hasn’t been tested properly in the downdip wells of the area.
In order to follow Benenan 3, the rig will be moved for drilling in the Bastora 2 well under development in the field of Bastora which is adjacent to the other filed, this also depending on the Erbil license. Bastora 1 is the very first horizontal well of Kurdistan and it is producing oil from the Bekhme formation and the whole process is a part of long term test which is actually preparation for the full field development.
At the same time the Tawke 18 well by DNO, which has been constructed for increasing the Cretaceous production and test the exploration footwell target that is the main field bounding fault has been drilling at the depth of 2400 meter. Another well Tawke 17 which is being drilled at a depth of 550 meter is also being constructed for increasing the Cretaceous deliverability from the eastern part of the Tawke oil field. All these are being done for exploring the potential reserve of oil between Jurassic and Triassic intervals.
In early October, DNO has mobilized another rig, it is its fourth in number and this rig is being used in the Tawke 14 and the aim of this reenter is to create a sidetrack into the Cretaceous interval. Tawke 19 is the last of the Tawke development and is under the production enhancement program that will go up to 100,000 bpd. This is scheduled to start in early October.
Source [Oil & Gas Journal]