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Marathon strikes oil in Kurdistan

01st December 2014

Located 60 kilometres from the city of Erbil, the Jisik-1 Martathon Oil-operated discovery well on the Harir Block was drilled to a depth of 4,511 metres and encountered light oil and gas with condensates intervals in Jurassic and Triassic carbonate reservoirs

Marathon strikes oil in Kurdistan
The Jisik-1 well encountered light oil of 43 API in a Jurassic carbonate reservoir

Jisik is the second discovery in the block, following on from the Mirawa-1 discovery, announced on October 30, 2013.

“This success confirms Total’s exploration strategy in Iraq. The ongoing appraisal of the discoveries made on the Harir and Taza Blocks will allow us to identify options for development,” commented Marc Blaizot, senior vice president, exploration at Total (35 per cent interest). “We are continuing exploration works on the Total-operated Safen and Baranan Blocks, with additional wells planned for 2015."

The Jisik-1 well encountered light oil of 43 API in a Jurassic carbonate reservoir. The well was tested with flow rates of 6,100 barrels per day of anhydrous oil, without stimulation.

Two other formation tests, both with flows rates of approximately 10-15 million cubic feet per day, confirmed the presence of gas reservoirs together with associated condensate in the Triassic.

The Jisik-1 well will be suspended for potential future use as a producing well.

Total has a 35 per cent interest in the Harir Block, alongside Marathon Oil (45 per cent, operator) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (20 per cent).

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