TTE Technical Institute has secured a new project with international energy and water company TAQA to provide technical training to Middle East based technicians.

A group of 13 technicians from TAQA’s Atrush Block oil production facility in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are spending three months in the UK at TTE’s fully-equipped training centre in Middlesbrough to develop practical engineering competencies to achieve internationally-recognised qualifications.

The project is also supporting TAQA’s development of women technicians in the Kurdistan region with one member of the group a female process technician.

Within the group are three technicians working towards Level Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) Level 2 in mechanical engineering and three technicians aiming to achieve the PEO Electrical & Instrumentation Level 2 standard.

The seven remaining technicians are working towards the Process Industry Operations Level 2 qualification. Once completed, all of the qualifications allow for continual development to achieve Level 3.

Working with TTE’s internationally-experienced trainers, the technicians will utilise the training centre’s industry-standard facilities and equipment undertaking a programme of practical, hands-on modules and assessments.

TTE has an established reputation for providing on-site skills and competency assessments for international companies such as TAQA, which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi operating in 11 countries across four continents.

This is one of the first significant contracts TTE has secured since it became a Technical Institute earlier this year.  Marking its 30th year in operation, becoming TTE Technical Institute supports its strategy to increase the export of its services to international markets.

Technical Institutes are globally-acknowledged as centres of vocational training, providing learners with skills, competencies and qualifications to enter or advance a career in industry, which is in keeping with TTE’s existing, comprehensive provision.

Contracts such as this also support the training of young people in the North East of England. As a charitable, not-for-profit social enterprise, TTE gift-aids the surplus revenues generated from its commercial training to support the funding of training for apprentices and young learners from schools and colleges in the North East.

Steve Grant, Managing Director of the TTE Technical Institute, said: “We are very proud to establish this new relationship with such a globally-recognised company as TAQA to support the development of its workforce.  This is the another group we have welcomed to TTE from Kurdistan, further extending the reach of the organisation into international markets.

“Exporting our expertise to areas of the world such as West Africa, the Middle East and Asia plays an important role in the training of young people in the North East through the gift-aiding of commercial surpluses into our charity. Increasing our presence in key international markets and securing important projects with companies such as TAQA will generate more opportunities for local young people.”

(Source: TTE)

ShaMaran Petroleum Corporation refers to the agreement announced on June 4, 2018 whereby the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, General Exploration Partners, Inc. (“GEP”), agreed in a sale and purchase agreement (the “SPA”) with Marathon Oil KDV B.V. (“MOKDV”) ,a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation (“Marathon”), to acquire from MOKDV a further 15% working interest in the Atrush Block Production Sharing Contract in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (“the Acquisition”).

The underlying agreements governing the development and operation of the Atrush block require that both the Minister of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Governmental Authority (“MNR”) as well as TAQA Atrush BV (“TAQA”), the other owner of a participating interest in, and the operator of, the Atrush block, consent to the assignment of the participating interest from MOKDV to GEP. At the time, the MNR gave assurance of providing its consent to the assignment, however, TAQA unreasonably refused to provide its consent to the Acquisition.

As a result of TAQA’s unreasonable refusal to provide consent, Marathon re-issued an offer to acquire MOKDV, a corporate transaction which does not require TAQA consent, with the result being that the Company is now engaged in a new bidding process for the Marathon interest in the Atrush block. There is no assurance that any offer by the Company or GEP, if submitted, will result in the acquisition of the increased interest in the Atrush block.

In the meantime, the Company is reviewing all available options.

(Source: ShaMaran)

ShaMaran Petroleum reports that operations in the Atrush field in Kurdistan are continuing in a normal, safe and secure manner.

Atrush is currently producing at approximately 27 thousand barrels of oil per day (“bopd”) and exports are continuing via the Kurdistan Export Pipeline system. Atrush exports for the month of December averaged 26,163 bopd and benefitted from a higher facility uptime than the 90% previously projected.

Currently the production facilities are limited to processing approximately 27,000 bopd of the total 30,000 bopd capacity due to low ambient temperatures which limits the amount of heat available to process the oil to export specifications.

Plans in 2018 include debottlenecking the production facility and proceeding with the testing, completion and tie-in of the Chiya Khere-7 well which was drilled towards the end of last year.

(Source: ShaMaran)

ShaMaran Petroleum has announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. (Unless otherwise stated all currency amounts indicated as “$” in this news release are expressed in thousands of United States dollars).

HIGHLIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENTS

Operations

  • Oil production on the Atrush Block commenced in July 2017. Atrush is currently producing at approximately 26 thousand barrels of oil per day (“bopd”). In order to address certain production constraints the facilities were shut down in the beginning of October. These constraints have now successfully been resolved.
  • One of the four production wells, Atrush 4, (“AT-4”) is currently shut in. The well was back-producing drilling fluid lost during drilling operations. In order to not upset the production system it was decided to clean up the well via temporary facilities upon the receipt of a flare permit from the Kurdistan Regional Government (“KRG”). This operation is now planned for Q4 2017.
  • In October and November 2017 the Company received payments totalling $2.5 million representing its entitlement share of the $9.7 million in total payments received by the Atrush Non-Government Contractors from the KRG for July and August oil sales from Atrush and reimbursement instalments of the Atrush Exploration Costs receivable. 703 thousand barrels of oil were exported from Atrush for the months of July and August with an average netback price1 of $35.3 per barrel of oil. Total oil produced and exported from Atrush over the third quarter was 1.3 million barrels resulting in an average of 14.6 thousand barrels per day. The average netback price over the quarter was $36.86 per barrel and the average lifting cost was $8.54 per barrel.
  • The Chiya Khere-7 (“CK-7”), which was spudded on September 17, 2017 reached a final depth of 1,861 metres in early November 2017. The reservoir section was encountered approximately 114 metres shallower than prognosis. The well was drilled on time and under budget. Testing and completion of the well will be performed in 2018 to coincide with installation of flow lines between the Production Facility and the Chamanke E location were the well is located. The main objectives of the well are to appraise the commercial potential of the Mus formation, to help reduce the uncertainty in the location of the medium to heavy oil transition zone and to serve as a further producing well.
  • In September 2017 an agreement was concluded between the Atrush Non-Government Contractors and the KRG for the sale of Atrush oil whereby the KRG will buy oil exported from the Atrush field by pipeline at the Atrush block boundary based upon the Dated Brent oil price minus approximately $16 for quality discount and all local and international transportation costs. This discount is based on the same principles as other oil sales agreements in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
  • The Final Completion Certificate for the Atrush Feeder Pipeline (“FCC”) was issued on October 31, 2017 which completes the obligation of the Non-Government Contractors to fund the KRG’s share of development costs and triggers the commencement of repayment of both the Atrush Feeder Pipeline Cost Loan and the Atrush Development Cost Loan. The first loan repayment instalments are due later in November 2017.
  • Following the independence referendum held in Kurdistan on September 25, 2017, operations in the Atrush field in Kurdistan are continuing in a normal, safe and secure manner. Exports from Atrush are continuing via the Kurdistan Export Pipeline system and drilling operations on the CK-7 well are progressing as planned. Nevertheless, events since the referendum suggest an increase in the potential for political instability within the region.

1 This includes a discount to Dated Brent for oil quality and all local and international transportation costs.

Corporate

  • On January 30, 2017 the Company completed the issue of 360 million common shares of ShaMaran on a private placement basis (the “Private Placement”) at a price per share of CAD 0.10 (equal to SEK 0.67) which resulted in gross proceeds to the Company of $27.3 million ($26.4 million net of transaction related costs). Zebra Holdings and Investments SARL, Lorito Holdings SARL and Lundin Petroleum BV, the Company’s major shareholders, subscribed for 43,463,618 shares, 16,984,621 shares and 17,800,000 shares, respectively, in the Private Placement.
  • In February 2017 the Company reported estimated reserves and contingent resources for the Atrush block as of December 31, 2016. Reserves and resource estimates have remained unchanged from those reported for the prior year. Total discovered oil in place in the Atrush Block is a low estimate of 1.5 billion barrels, a best estimate of 2.1 billion barrels and a high estimate of 2.8 billion barrels, with Total Field Proven plus Probable (“2P”) Reserves on a property gross basis estimated at 85.1 MMbbl and Total Field Unrisked Best Estimate Contingent Resources (“2C”) on a property gross basis estimated at 304 million barrels oil equivalent (MMboe). 2 3

2 “MMbbl” means million barrels and “MMboe” means million barrels of oil equivalents. Boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 million cubic feet (“Mcf”) per one barrel is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

3 This estimate of remaining recoverable resources (unrisked) includes contingent resources that have not been adjusted for risk based on the chance of development. It is not an estimate of volumes that may be recovered.

OUTLOOK

Operations

In the fourth quarter of 2017 it is planned to produce the AT-4 well until clean via temporary facilities and bring Atrush production up to the facilities’ design capacity of 30,000 bopd.
Plans for Atrush for 2018 include:
continue with program to identify bottlenecks in order to maximise output from the Production Facility;
testing and completion of the CK-7 well;
install the CK-7 flow line and bring CK-7 into production;
drilling, testing and completion of Chiya Khere (“CK-10”), a sixth development well;
drilling and completion of Chiya Khere (“CK-9”), a dedicated water disposal well; and
conducting extended testing of the CK-6 well which is located on the eastern side of the Atrush Block and which is outside the 2P reserve area of Atrush. This would involve the installation of temporary production facilities near the Chamanke–C well pad and the delivery by truck of oil to the main Phase 1 Production Facilities.
Following the results of the CK-7 and CK-10 wells, the extended well testing in CK-6 and sustained production from the Phase 1 Production Facilities the Company expects to be in a position to further assess the significant undeveloped Atrush resource base.
The political situation in the Kurdistan region will be monitored continuously and the market will be appraised of any material impact on operational activity.

ShaMaran Petroleum has announced that drilling operations have commenced on the Chiya Khere (“CK-7”) appraisal and development well in the Atrush Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

CK-7 is located in the central area of the Atrush Block approximately 3 kilometres east of the Atrush 2 producing well and 3.5 kilometres west of the Atrush 3 appraisal well.

The main objectives of the well are to appraise the commercial potential of the Mus formation, to help reduce the uncertainty in the location of the medium to heavy oil transition zone and to serve as a further producing well.

The well will be drilled with the EDC Romfor 25 drilling rig (pictured) and is expected to take approximately 52 days. Planned total vertical depth for the well is approximately 1,575 metres.

(Source: ShaMaran)

By John Lee.

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has confirmed that production from the Atrush Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is expected to ramp up towards the 30,000-barrel-per-day project capacity (gross) in 2017.

Oil production at Atrush started in July.

TAQA is the operator of Atrush and has a 39.9% working interest in the Production Sharing Contract. The other co-venturers are the Kurdistan Regional Government (25%), General Explorations Partners, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of ShaMaran Petroleum Corp) (20.1%), and Marathon Oil KDV B.V. (15%).

(Source: TAQA)

By John Lee.

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has started oil production at its Atrush Block in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Oil started flowing through the Atrush Central Processing Facility on 3rd July which has the capacity to handle up to 30,000 barrels of oil per day. The TAQA-operated Atrush Block is being developed with the Kurdistan Regional Government, ShaMaran and Marathon Oil.

Saeed Al Hajeri, TAQA Chairman, said:

“Starting operations at Atrush is an important milestone for TAQA, its partners and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Atrush production will bring long-term cash flows to TAQA and we look forward to operating the asset with a commitment to the highest standards of health, safety and environmental protection.” 

Saeed Al Dhaheri, acting Chief Operating Officer, TAQA added:

“This achievement recognizes TAQA’s experience and capabilities in developing and operating complex oil and gas assets utilizing our global expertise.”

The Atrush field is located 85 km northwest of Erbil and is one of the largest new oil developments in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. It was discovered in 2011 and development started in 2013. Initial production is expected to ramp up to 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2017.

AbdulKhaliq Al Ameri, TAQA’s Acting Project Director – Iraq, added:

“It is an exciting time for TAQA. Our dedicated team comprised of Kurdish, Emirati and international professionals have come together to deliver this outstanding achievement through their combined world-class knowledge and experience.”

TAQA is the operator of Atrush and has a 39.9% working interest in the Production Sharing Contract. The other co-venturers are the Kurdistan Regional Government (25%), General Explorations Partners, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of ShaMaran Petroleum Corp) (20.1%), and Marathon Oil KDV B.V. (15%).

(Source: TAQA)

By John Lee.

Oil production at the Atrush block is expected to start “around late June to August“, according to a report from Rudaw.

The pipeline (pictured) from the oilfield, in Kurdistan’s Duhok governorate, is reported to be nearing completion, with initial production expected to be about 30,000 bpd.

The website of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), which paid $600 million four years ago for an initial stake of just more than 53 percent in the project, states that it is estimated to have between 1.5 billion and 2.8 billion barrels of oil in place with recoverable oil columns of 670 million barrels.

(Source: Rudaw)

Shares in ShaMaran Petroleum gained 5 percent on Thursday after the company announced its financial and operating results for year ended December 31, 2016. Unless otherwise stated all currency amounts indicated as “$” in this news release are expressed in thousands of United States dollars.

Highlights and accomplishments included:

  • Construction of the 30,000 bopd Atrush Phase 1 Production Facility is complete and final commissioning is in progress.
  • Four production wells are now completed, connected to the Production Facility and ready for start-up.
  • Work on the Spur Pipeline being constructed between the Production Facility and the Atrush block boundary and construction of the pump station and the intermediate pigging and pressure reduction station is substantially complete.
  • Work has commenced on the 35km Feeder Pipeline between the Atrush block boundary and the main export pipeline in Kurdistan and completion is expected in the second quarter of 2017.
  • On November 7, 2016 the 4th PSC Amendment and Atrush Facilitation Agreement were concluded between the Non-Government Contractors and the Kurdistan Regional Government (“KRG”) resulting in, among other things, the KRG acquiring a 25% participating interest in the Atrush PSC and in a 20.1% interest for General Exploration Partners, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company). These agreements also include terms for repayment of costs paid for on behalf of the KRG, including those relating to the Feeder Pipeline.
  • In January 2017 the Company completed the issue of 360 million common shares of ShaMaran on a private placement basis at a price per share of CAD 0.10 (equal to SEK 0.67) which resulted in gross proceeds to the Company of $27.3 million ($26.4 million net of transaction related costs).
  • In early May 2016 the Company completed a financing arrangement which has provided the Company with additional liquidity in 2016 of approximately $33 million due to the issuance of $17 million of new super senior bonds, the conversion of $18 million of existing senior bonds into 218,863,000 ShaMaran common shares, and providing terms for the Company to pay future bond coupon interest in kind by issuing additional bonds.
  • In February 2016 the Company reported on a property gross basis estimates as at December 31, 2016 of 85.1 MMbbl of Total Field Proven plus Probable (“2P”) Reserves and 389 MMboe Total Field Unrisked Best Estimate Discovered Recoverable Resources (“2P + 2C”)1 2. Reserves and resources are unchanged from prior year estimates.

Chris Bruijnzeels, President and CEO of ShaMaran, commented:

We are pleased to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our production facilities are ready, the producing wells are connected and the pipeline project is progressing. We are expecting first oil in Q2 2017.”

FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016

During the reporting period the Company continued with the first phase of the development program in respect of the Atrush petroleum property located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq which constitutes the continuing operations of the Company. Atrush currently generates no revenues.

Financial Results

The Company reports a net loss of $9.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 which was primarily driven by routine general and administrative expenses, share based payment expenses and finance cost, the substantial portion of which was expensed borrowing costs on the Company’s bonds. These charges have been offset by service fee revenues, interest income on Atrush cost loans and interest on cash held in short term deposits.

More information available here.

(Source: ShaMaran Petroleum)

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has announced the appointment of AbdulKhaliq Al Ameri as acting project director TAQA Iraq with immediate effect.

Mr Al Ameri, previously deputy project director TAQA Iraq, will be responsible for the development of the Atrush block in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. He will report to Saeed Al Dhaheri, acting chief operating officer and will continue to be based in Abu Dhabi.

Saeed Al Dhaheri said:

As per our succession planning, AbdulKhaliq has successfully developed a strong track record while deputising for this role and become an integral member of the Iraq leadership team.

“He is excellently positioned to take on responsibility for the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible delivery of first oil and establishing the team for operating this asset thereafter.

AbdulKhaliq succeeds Craig Webster who will remain in Abu Dhabi for a few months to provide for an effective transition prior to assuming his new role with TAQA in Canada.

Mr Al Ameri, a UAE national, joined TAQA in 2012 and held the role of deputy project director TAQA Iraq since July 2015. Prior to joining TAQA, AbdulKhaliq held a number of reservoir engineering-related positions with Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Mubadala Petroleum. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Tulsa’s petroleum engineering programme.

(Source: TAQA)