Genel Energy confirms additional oil in Chia Surkh Block in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

oilfield chia-sporst flickrThe test was carried out over a 12-metre zone in a younger Miocene section. (Image source: Sporst/Flickr)Genel Energy has announced that a second drill-stem test carried out on the Chia Surkh 10 well, located in the Chia Surkh Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, has confirmed the existence of an additional oil bearing section

The test was carried out over a 12-metre zone in a younger Miocene section and recorded sustained rates of 3,200 bpd. 

The Chia Surkh 10 well, the first of the five in the block, was earlier drilled to a depth of 1,696 metres in the Oligomiocene section and the tests resulted in production of 11,950 bpd.

John Hurst, head of exploration at Genel Energy, said, “The successful completion of the second test has further confirmed our belief that this is a significant oil find in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

“We will continue with our rapid appraisal and development programme, including the first appraisal well now underway and will be evaluating and drilling a number of other prospects we have in the Chia Surkh licence."

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