Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO today announced the doubling of capacity at its flagship Tawke field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to 200,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).

The 200,000 bopd wellhead, processing and pipeline capacity milestone was reached in less than two years with 10 new horizontal wells and the construction of two early production facilities with combined capacity of 80,000 bopd and the installation of a new 44-kilometer, 24-inch pipeline.

Earlier in the week, the company hit a new Tawke daily production record of 156,379 barrels of oil and will ramp up output in the coming weeks by continuing to commission facilities and open wells. Discussions are underway with the Ministry of Natural Resources to set out future production levels, including the split between export deliveries and local sales.

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

We are very proud of bringing the Tawke 200,000 project to completion and solidifying our position as the leading operator in Kurdistan.

“Higher Tawke production, including higher deliveries to Ceyhan, should help unlock payments to DNO. The timing and extent of export payments will drive new investment at Tawke which will be required to sustain the high production rates.”

Overall output from Tawke during the first quarter averaged 104,925 bopd, including 90,172 bopd delivered for export, 8,679 bopd sold into the local market and the balance used in the Tawke refinery. Recent contracts have raised local sales from Tawke to 20,000 bopd.

Weak local sales in Kurdistan in the first quarter and low oil prices led to reduced revenues of USD 26 million. Write-downs of USD 27 million in Yemen following suspension of production from the DNO-operated Block 32 and Block 43 due to a rapid deterioration in the country’s security conditions contributed to an operating loss of USD 69 million in the quarter. The company ended the first quarter with USD 204 million in cash and USD 28 million in marketable securities.

DNO’s gross production in the first quarter from Kurdistan, Yemen and Oman stood at 121,026 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), of which company working interest production stood at 72,873 boepd.

Capital expenditures in 2015 have been reduced to a projected USD 100 million, of which USD 35 million was spent in the first quarter.

(Source: DNO)

By John Lee.

DNO, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, produced its first 100 million barrels of oil at its flagship Tawke field in February.

Executive Chairman Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani told a conference in Oslo:

“Output will pick up at Tawke this spring with the expansion of the field’s capacity to 200,000 barrels per day.”

A new 24-inch pipeline is already in place and Tawke-30, the last horizontal production well in the current drilling campaign, has reached target depth and is undergoing completion. Installation of the remaining surface processing facilities is progressing on schedule.

Our priority now is to work with the Kurdistan Regional Government to monetize all oil produced at Tawke according to contractual entitlements,” said Mr. Mossavar-Rahmani.

Sales by DNO into the local market commenced in the first quarter and will be stepped up with growing field deliverability as an interim measure to generate ongoing revenues to the company.

(Source: DNO)

By John Lee.

Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO reported record oil and gas output in 2014, but the results were impacted by one-off impairment charges in the fourth quarter driven in part by the drop in global oil prices.

Gross output was up 66 percent last year to 117,482 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) and company working interest production jumped 76 percent to 68,958 boepd.

Operating revenue stood at USD 452 million in 2014. Impairments of USD 297 million in Kurdistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Yemen led to an operating loss of USD 243 million for the year. Excluding impairments, annual operating profit was USD 53 million.

The Tawke oil field in Kurdistan continued to drive the overall increase in DNO’s output. Tawke gross production rose 131 percent to 91,255 barrels of oil per day in 2014 despite ongoing security challenges. The Company remains on track to double field production and processing capacity by early 2015.

Capital expenditures in 2014 reached USD 297 million, up from USD 288 million in 2013, on the back of capacity expansion and development programs in Kurdistan. The Company ended the year with USD 114 million in cash and an additional USD 63 million in marketable securities.

Our focus in 2015 is to align our spending with our earning,” said Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, DNO’s Executive Chairman. “We are targeting operating efficiencies, cutting back on discretionary expenditures and high-grading our portfolio – a process we started late last year,” he said. “We are also looking to generate larger revenues from our Kurdistan operations,” he added.

The Company has restarted sales of oil into the Kurdistan local market and plans to ramp up such deliveries in the first quarter. The Company expects to realize additional payments in respect of past and ongoing exports, the timing and extent of which will drive the 2015 capital program. Mr. Mossavar-Rahmani repeated that DNO continues to have one foot on the accelerator and one on the brake.

(Source: DNO)

By John Lee.

Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO reported record oil and gas output in 2014, but the results were impacted by one-off impairment charges in the fourth quarter driven in part by the drop in global oil prices.

Gross output was up 66 percent last year to 117,482 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) and company working interest production jumped 76 percent to 68,958 boepd.

Operating revenue stood at USD 452 million in 2014. Impairments of USD 297 million in Kurdistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Yemen led to an operating loss of USD 243 million for the year. Excluding impairments, annual operating profit was USD 53 million.

The Tawke oil field in Kurdistan continued to drive the overall increase in DNO’s output. Tawke gross production rose 131 percent to 91,255 barrels of oil per day in 2014 despite ongoing security challenges. The Company remains on track to double field production and processing capacity by early 2015.

Capital expenditures in 2014 reached USD 297 million, up from USD 288 million in 2013, on the back of capacity expansion and development programs in Kurdistan. The Company ended the year with USD 114 million in cash and an additional USD 63 million in marketable securities.

Our focus in 2015 is to align our spending with our earning,” said Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, DNO’s Executive Chairman. “We are targeting operating efficiencies, cutting back on discretionary expenditures and high-grading our portfolio – a process we started late last year,” he said. “We are also looking to generate larger revenues from our Kurdistan operations,” he added.

The Company has restarted sales of oil into the Kurdistan local market and plans to ramp up such deliveries in the first quarter. The Company expects to realize additional payments in respect of past and ongoing exports, the timing and extent of which will drive the 2015 capital program. Mr. Mossavar-Rahmani repeated that DNO continues to have one foot on the accelerator and one on the brake.

(Source: DNO)

By Padraig O’Hannelly.

DNO Chairman Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani (pictured) has given an upbeat assessment of the company’s operations in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Addressing CWC’s Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas Conference in London last week, he said that the Tawke well was on target to hit a cumulative output of 100-million barrels of oil at some point in the next quarter.

He added that the company had some of the lowest costs in the industry, claiming:

“I don’t have access to other companies’ drilling costs, but I expect that, adjusted for depth, we drilled some of the lowest cost wells in Kurdistan, and in record time.”

What next for DNO in Kurdistan“, he asked. “More drilling, more discoveries, more production, more investment, more exports, more sales, more revenues — we’ve only just begun.

By John Lee.

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today confirmed receipt of USD 30 million (36 billion Iraqi dinars) as first payment for oil exported by the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Tawke field during 2014.

The payment will be shared by DNO (USD 20.625 million) and partner Genel Energy plc (USD 9.375 million), reflecting their relative participation in the Tawke license operated by DNO.

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

“This payment and the payments to follow until producers receive full contractual entitlements for exports propel us towards regularisation and internationalisation of the oil industry in Kurdistan…

 “We are committed to Kurdistan and will do more with more.”

(Source: DNO)

By John Lee.

DNO, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has reported third quarter 2014 gross production of 124,396 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) on the strength of uninterrupted operations at its flagship Tawke field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Increasing volumes of Tawke oil were directed from local sales to exports through Ceyhan, Turkey during the quarter by the Kurdistan Regional Government which announced last Friday that a payment of USD 75 million would be made to the producing companies towards their share of exports.

The statement also indicated that other payments would follow the November payment on a regular basis, and that with further production increases, producers would receive their full contractual entitlements.

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

We are of course very pleased that increasing exports, importantly from Tawke, are enabling Kurdistan to meet its financial needs at a very difficult time and to begin to allocate to DNO and other producers our contractual share of export revenues.

“DNO is fully committed to Kurdistan and will continue to reinvest revenues from exports to develop our extensive asset base in the country.”

The reduction in local Kurdistan sales contributed to a drop in third quarter operating cash flow to USD 25 million. The company recorded an operating loss of USD 41.6 million on third quarter operating revenue of USD 115.7 million following a one-off charge for impairments as it continues to cut costs and high grade its portfolio.

Absent this charge, operating profit would have totaled USD 3.8 million during the quarter. Year-to-date operating profit is USD 43.6 million. DNO ended the quarter with cash balances of USD 165.7 million, excluding USD 97.0 million held in treasury shares and shares of RAK Petroleum plc.

Drilling of additional wells continued without interruption during the quarter at Tawke and a stabilizing security environment allowed resumption of field expansion program, though with some delay. Costs related to Tawke development totaled USD 41.7 million in the third quarter.

(Source: DNO)

By John Lee.

In a market update this morning, Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO said it is logging the 834 meter horizontal section of the recently drilled Tawke-28 well and plans to place the well on production by early November. The next horizontal well in the field development program, Tawke-27, will spud shortly thereafter.

Elsewhere in Kurdistan, the Benenan-4 well has indicated higher volumes of oil in place in the Erbil license with movable Najmeh oil tested deeper than in previously drilled Benenan field wells. Further testing and evaluation are underway.

On the Dohuk license, DNO continues to re-assess the Summail field development plan in light of sharply declining gas production from the first two wells, one of which is now shut-in. A recently completed third well targeting deep gas did not encounter significant volumes of gas but instead discovered a 200 meter oil column in the Cretaceous interval by testing oil in the well’s three deepest zones. The Summail-1 well had earlier confirmed the presence of heavy oil in the Jurassic interval.

The company has taken steps to mitigate delays to its Tawke 200,000 barrel per day deliverability target resulting from the withdrawal of third party contractors from Kurdistan during the past few months. Installation of the new 24 inch pipeline connecting the Tawke field to Fish Khabur is proceeding and slated for completion by yearend. The new pipeline will increase export capacity and provide transportation system redundancy. Other upgrades to infrastructure and facilities to increase production and processing capacity at the Tawke field are progressing as planned.

Meanwhile, exports of Tawke oil to Turkey by the Kurdistan Regional Government for its own account currently average approximately 90,000 barrels per day. Local sales decreased to 29,960 barrels per day during the third quarter and currently average approximately 20,000 barrels per day.

(Source: DNO)

By John Lee.

Turkish engineering company Ergil has announced that it has successfully completed manufacturing of storage tanks and storage tank equipment for DNO’s Summail Gas Project — the first gas field developed by DNO in the Kurdistan Region.

The scope of the order included supply of insulated amine storage tank, teg storage tank, portable storage tank, RO water tank, amine run down tank and teg run down tank equipped with electrical heaters.

Oktay Altunergil, CEO of ERGIL, commented:

It was a great pleasure and experience to work with DNO in the past and I am very pleased that our business set to continue.

“DNO is the fastest growing producer and the number one in proved and probable reserves of oil and gas in Kurdistan.

“We are excited to be involved in DNO’s projects again by supplying ERGIL’s world class quality products and services.

(Source: Ergil)

The Kurdistan Regional Government has announced the successful delivery via pipeline of the first quantities of natural gas from the gas field at Summail to fuel the Duhok Power Station (pictured).

The Summail Gas Field lies within the area of the Duhok Production Sharing Contract (PSC) and is operated by the Norwegian company DNO, which together with Anglo-Turkish PSC partner Genel Energy, signed a landmark gas sales agreement (GSA) with the KRG on 18 September 18 2013.

Long-term deliveries are expected to reach 120 million cubic feet per day sold on a take-or-pay basis for the duration of the production, showing the KRG can successfully develop its newly discovered gas assets in Kurdistan.

Under the long-term GSA, the KRG will purchase up to 120mmscf/d. Initial volumes will start at around 55mmscf/d, ramping up to 120mmscf/d within the next few months, and thereafter itis hoped that gas production will eventually rise to around 200mmscf/d.

The Duhok Power Station is a 750 MW power plant in the city of Duhok, located 40 kilometres from the field. The power station’s six turbines have been run on expensive diesel until now, due to significant delays in originally expected gas deliveries from the Khor Mor area. Each of the turbines consumes around 24 million litres per month of diesel, or around 27.50mmscf/d natural gas.

The locally-produced natural gas will displace diesel from the power station and is part of a KRG strategy to save the people of Kurdistan millions of dollars every year in costly diesel imports for power generation.

Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami said that the successful commissioning of the Duhok Power Station operated by Mass Global, the Kurdistan main and feeder gas pipelines constructed by Kar Group, and the Summail gas facilities built by DNO, represented a significant step forward for the Kurdistan Region.