DNO International to drill two onshore wells in Oman next year

oilfield-oman1The offshore Block 8, with the producing Bukha and West Bukha fields in the north of Oman, represents the mainstay of DNO International’s operations in the sultanate. (Image source: Richard Masoner/Flickr)DNO International has announced that it plans to drill two oil and gas exploratory wells onshore Oman’s Block 36 in 2015

The Norwegian oil and gas company said that the move is a further addition to its substantial programme of appraisal, development and production activities targeting its sizable portfolio of hydrocarbon assets in the sultanate.

Block 36 is a 18,000 sq km frontier exploration block located in the prolific Rub Al Khali basin. According to DNO International, two of the three exploration wells drilled previously on the block have pointed to the presence of source rock found in a majority of the oil and gas fields discovered around the Arabian Peninsula. All three exploration wells had hydrocarbon shows.

“The company has completed reprocessing of the existing 2D seismic data and continues with interpretation to identify drillable prospects on the block. Acquisition of new 2D seismic data over areas of identified prospectivity will commence in Q3 2014 in preparation for drilling two exploration wells in 2015,” the Oslo-listed firm said.

DNO has a 75 per cent participating interest in the block acquired last year via a farm-in agreement with Allied Petroleum, Oman Daily reported.

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