DNO International discovers oil in Yemen’s Block 32

oil yemen-mono bustos sxc.huDNO International has announced that the Salsala-1 exploration well, drilled in Yemen’s Block 32, test flowed 5,900 bpd

The well was drilled to a total depth of 4,147 metres and encountered oil shows of 36º API in the Shuqra Formation, which was perforated over a 32-metre interval, acidised and tested, the Norwegian oil and gas company said.

The well flowed naturally at an initial rate of 5,900 bpd before being held back at 3,400 bpd due to limited surface storage capacity.

Block 32 also contains two producing oilfields — Godah and Tasour — whose gross output currently averages 2,500 bpd, company sources added.

The well was spudded in July 2013 and it costed US$10mn to drill, complete and test.

Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, executive chairman of DNO International, said, “Yemen continues to be an important focus area for DNO International and this discovery reflects our commitment to continue to build on our in-country knowledge, expertise and investments.”

He added that the Salsala-1 well will be placed on an extended production test and that an appraisal well was scheduled in early 2014 as part of a fast track development of this discovery.

DNO International is the operator of Block 32 and holds a 38.95 per cent interest. Investment firm Ansan Wikfs holds a 42.93 per cent, TransGlobe Energy Corporation a 13.12 per cent and Yemen Oil & Gas Corporation has the remaining five per cent interest in the block.

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