Genel Energy has announced the receipt of payments from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for oil sales during September 2017 from the Tawke and Taq Taq PSCs.

DNO ASA, as operator of the Tawke PSC, has announced the receipt of $54.32 million from the KRG as payment towards September 2017 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke licence. Genel’s net share of the payment is $13.58 million.

The Taq Taq field partners have received a gross payment of $9.70 million from the KRG for oil sales during September 2017. Genel’s net share of the payment is $5.33 million.

Genel has also received an override payment of $6.55 million from the KRG, representing 4.5% of Tawke gross field revenues for the month of October 2017, as per the terms of the Receivable Settlement Agreement.

Combined, Genel’s December 2017 net receipts total $25.46 million.

(Source: Genel Energy)

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today announced a tripling of production from the Peshkabir field in the Tawke license in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to 15,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) following completion of the Peshkabir-3 well testing, stimulation and cleanup program.

A total of 11 zones in a 1.2 kilometer horizontal section of Cretaceous and Jurassic reservoir in the Peshkabir-3 well were individually tested and flowed successfully, of which ten were oil zones and one a gas zone.

The oil zones tested an average of 5,340 bopd per zone on a 64/64″ choke, with the highest individual test rate of 7,200 bopd. A multi-zone combined production test totaled 12,500 bopd on a 128/64″ choke from five zones.

Production from the previously drilled Peshkabir-2 well, in operation since May, together with that of the new Peshkabir-3 well are currently processed through temporary test package facilities and trucked to DNO’s adjacent Tawke field facilities for export.

As previously announced, the Tawke license partners are proceeding with fast track plans to commission an early production facility by yearend and complete installation of pipeline connections early in 2018 to allow ramp up of output at the Peshkabir field.

Preparations are underway to drill the Peshkabir-4 well which will also be designed to test the underlying Triassic reservoir.

DNO operates and has a 75 percent interest in the Tawke license, with partner Genel Energy plc holding the remainder. The license contains the Tawke and Peshkabir fields whose combined year-to-date production has averaged 110,000 bopd.

(Source: DNO)

Genel Energy has issued a trading and operations update for Q3 2017. The information has not been audited and may be subject to further review.

Murat Özgül (pictured), Chief Executive of Genel, said:

During the quarter Genel executed a landmark settlement agreement with the KRG over historical receivables, which we expect to materially enhance our cash flows going forward. Ahead of those payments commencing we continued to generate meaningful free cash flow, resulting in a further 13% reduction in net debt during the period.

“Our operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are progressing as normal – exports are continuing from Taq Taq and Tawke, payments are being received on time, and operations are proceeding at both fields, with testing now underway on the TT-29w well.

Q3 2017 OPERATING PERFORMANCE

  • Q3 2017 net production averaged 33,810 bopd, with production for the nine months ending September 2017 averaging 36,030 bopd
  • Production and sales by field during Q3 2017 were as follows:

  • Tawke PSC (Genel 25% working interest)
    • Tawke PSC production in Q3 averaged 110,460 bopd, including long-term test production from the Peshkabir-2 well of 4,670 bopd.
    • In 2017 to date, the Tawke partners have drilled ten wells, including the Peshkabir-2 and 3 wells, four Cretaceous producers, three Jeribe producers and a Jeribe water injector
    • A further four development wells are planned on the Tawke PSC by year-end 2017 – two Cretaceous producers, one Jeribe producer and a Jeribe water disposal well
    • Peshkabir-3 well operations are ongoing, with results expected later in Q4. The Peshkabir early production facility remains on track to be installed by the end of 2017
  • Taq Taq PSC (Genel 44% working interest)
    • Taq Taq field production in Q3 averaged 14,080 bopd, and production has averaged 13,570 bopd during October 2017 to date
    • The TT-29w well, which is appraising the northern end of the Taq Taq field, reached target depth of 3,100 metres in early September 2017. A testing programme is now underway. Further development of the Cretaceous reservoir has been deferred pending results of the TT-29w testing programme
    • The EDC-24 rig has moved to the TT-30 well location, with two shallow horizontal wells set to be drilled in the Pilaspi reservoir before the end of the year

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today reported the first payment from the Kurdistan Regional Government under the recently concluded agreement covering outstanding receivables for past crude oil deliveries.

Under the agreement effective 1 August 2017, the Company was assigned the Government’s 20 percent interest in the Tawke license as well as three percent of gross Tawke license revenues payable monthly over a five-year period.

The payment of USD 4.02 million to DNO represents three percent of gross Tawke license revenues during August.

An entitlement invoice for that month’s export deliveries has been issued separately and will be shared pro-rata with Genel Energy plc upon receipt.

Following the receivables settlement, DNO’s stake in the Tawke license stands at 75 percent with Genel holding the balance.

(Source: DNO)

Genel Energy has announced that the Taq Taq field partners have received a gross payment of $10.39 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government for oil sales during July 2017.

Genel’s net share of the payment is $5.71 million.

Gross oil sales from the Taq Taq field in July 2017 averaged 14,873 bopd, including both exports and Bazian refinery deliveries.

DNO ASA, as operator of the Tawke field, has also announced that the Tawke field partners have received a payment of $39.50 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government as payment towards July 2017 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke licence. The funds will be shared pro-rata by DNO and Genel.

(Source: Genel Energy)

By John Lee.

Genel Energy has announced that the Taq Taq field partners have received a gross payment of $10.22 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government for oil sales during June 2017.

Genel’s net share of the payment is $5.62 million. Gross oil sales from the Taq Taq field (pictured) in June 2017 averaged 15,863 bopd, including both exports and Bazian refinery deliveries.

The company also notes the announcement from DNO ASA, as operator of the Tawke field, that the Tawke field partners have received a payment of $34.75 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government as payment towards June 2017 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke licence. The funds will be shared pro-rata by DNO and Genel.

(Source: Genel Energy)

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today announced an agreement with ExxonMobil to join the Baeshiqa [Bashiqa, Bashika] license in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

DNO will assume operatorship of the license with a 40 percent paying (32 percent net) interest, acquiring one-half of ExxonMobil’s position.

ExxonMobil retains a 40 percent paying (32 percent net) interest, the Turkish Energy Company (TEC) its 20 percent paying (16 percent net) interest and the Kurdistan Regional Government its 20 percent carried interest.

Pending Government approval, DNO will drill an exploration well in the first half of 2018 with a second exploration well to follow on a separate structure.

The 324 square kilometer license is situated 60 kilometers west of Erbil and 20 kilometers east of Mosul. ExxonMobil had previously conducted extensive geological and geophysical studies and constructed a drilling pad before work was interrupted due to security conditions in the region.

The Baeshiqa license contains two large, undrilled structures which are expected to have multiple independent stacked target reservoir systems, including in the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic.

DNO currently operates two other licenses in Kurdistan: one contains the Tawke and Peshkabir fields which together produce over 110,000 barrels of oil per day and the other the Benenan and Bastora heavy oil fields which are undergoing further appraisal and development. With three rigs currently deployed, the Company is the most active driller among the international operators in Kurdistan.

Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani (pictured), DNO’s Executive Chairman, said:

“We are pleased to partner with ExxonMobil, TEC and the Government on this exciting exploration opportunity.

“We bring to the project a 10-year record of successful and fast-track operations in Kurdistan, culminating in more than 200 million barrels produced to date.

“Following regularization of export payments and a landmark agreement with the Government to close out our historical receivables, our foot is back firmly on the accelerator.”

(Source: DNO)

By John Lee.

Shares in Norway’s DNO continued to rise on Friday, following yesterday’s announcement of a “landmark settlement of outstanding receivables ” with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

At market close on Friday, the shares had gained 13.8 percent on the day, and 35 percent since Thursday morning.

However, DNO’s partner in Iraqi Kurdistan, Genel Energy, was down 1 percent for the day.

The full text of the KRG’s statement on the agreement follows:

The Kurdistan Regional Government (Government) has reached definitive binding agreements on the settlement of all historical outstanding receivables owed to DNO ASA, the operator of Tawke Field (DNO), and Genel Energy plc, which has participating interests in both Taq Taq and Tawke.

The following are the highlights of the settlements:

  • DNO and Genel shall make no further claims on all historical outstanding Tawke license receivables from the Government;
  •  Genel has also agreed settlement of its claims for its share of historical outstanding Taq Taq license receivables from the Government;
  • The Government has exercised its audit rights and made provisions to its own satisfaction with respect to the Tawke license for the period up to the 31st July, 2017 and has no further claims on DNO or Genel;
  • The Government has exercised its audit rights and made provisions to its own its satisfaction with respect to Genel’s past entitlements in the Taq Taq license for the period up to the 31st July, 2017 and has no further claims on payments booked or received by Genel in this regard;
  •  The Government has also discharged DNO and Genel from certain payment obligations including production bonuses, license fees, capacity building payments (in the case of Genel) and funding of a water purification project (in the case of DNO); 
  • In consideration of these settlements, the government assignedits 20 percent Government Interest in Tawke to DNO, and has removed Genel’s obligation of 30% Capacity Building Bonus payments from the Tawke license;
  • In addition, DNO and Genel will receive 3% and 4.5% respectively of gross Tawke license revenues each month from the Government over a five-year period, effective as of 1 August, 2017.

With these adjustments, the Kurdistan Regional Government has no further obligations of past payments of receivable or Petroleum Costs to these two companies with respect to deliveries of oil to the Government. 

The Government is very pleased with the productive and cooperative approach taken by both DNO and Genel in these negotiations, and looks forward to working with them to maximise revenues and to optimise potential reserves of the Tawke and Taq Taq license areas. We believe that this initiative will convey a strong positive message to the investors that the Government is fully committed to a robust win-win partnership with all the International Oil Companies operating in Kurdistan.

DNO ASA and Genel Energy’s statements on the settlements can be found on their websites here:

DNO ASA’s statement

Genel Energy’s statement

(Source: Yahoo!)

Shares in Norway’s DNO ASA jumped 8.7 percent this morning following the announcement that the company has reached a “landmark settlement of outstanding receivables owed to the Company for past crude oil deliveries“, and the announcement of half-year revenues up 43 percent from the same period last year.

Under the settlement, DNO has been assigned the 20 percent interest in the Tawke license held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Following the settlement, DNO holds a 75 percent operated stake in the license containing the Tawke and Peshkabir fields with combined proven and probable reserves in excess of 500 million barrels and production in excess of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.

In addition to the 20 percent interest, the Company will receive three percent of gross license revenues each month from the Government over a five-year period. The settlement is effective as of 1 August 2017.

DNO has settled its claims for all outstanding Tawke license receivables from the Government and the Government has exercised its Tawke license audit rights to its satisfaction for the period up to the effective date and has no adjustment claims.

The Government has also discharged DNO from certain payment obligations including production bonuses, license fees and a USD 150 million water purification project that is no longer required by the Government.

The removal of these liabilities and the transfer to DNO of the 20 percent interest and the right to the three percent revenue stream will bolster the Company’s balance sheet and future cash flow.

Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani (pictured), DNO’s Executive Chairman, said:

“We are very pleased with the Government’s initiative to settle receivables and normalize export payments to the operators. This sends a strong positive signal to investors and helps restore confidence in Kurdistan’s oil sector.”

DNO’s June-July 2017 outstanding invoices for Kurdistan exports will continue to be paid under the payment arrangement in place since January 2016.

(Sources: DNO, Yahoo!)

Genel Energy has announced a definitive agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) relating to unpaid entitlements for past oil sales from the Taq Taq and Tawke fields. The company’s shares were trading up 7 percent on Thursday morning.

Cash flow is expected to be materially enhanced over the course of the agreement, delivering significant value creation for all stakeholders.

A Receivable Settlement Agreement (‘RSA’) has been signed between Genel and the KRG, with a Tawke Production Sharing Contract (‘PSC’) Amendment also being executed.

In return for cancelling and waiving its rights to outstanding receivables relating to unpaid entitlements for past oil sales, Genel will benefit from the following:

  • In addition to proceeds for current sales, Genel will receive 4.5% of Tawke gross field revenues for the five year period from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2022 (‘the Genel Override’)
  • Genel’s capacity building payments (‘CBP’) on the profit share element of its Tawke entitlement will be eliminated over the entire life of the Tawke field
  • The KRG has agreed with all audit adjustments on the petroleum costs on the Tawke PSCs and on Genel’s share of petroleum costs in the Taq Taq PSC for the period up to 31 July 2017
  • Outstanding production bonuses and PSC liabilities on the Taq Taq and Tawke fields totalling c.$30 million net to Genel have been set off against the receivable and as a result are no longer payable

Under the previous mechanism for repaying the receivable, Genel received its pro-rata share of 5% of monthly field revenue from the Tawke field, which was liable for CBP. This mechanism will terminate effective 1 August 2017.