Total Discovers Gas in Iraq

Total Discovers Gas in Iraq

Total announced the Mirawa Discovery in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Located 60 kilometers from the city of Erbil, the Mirawa-1 discovery well on the Harir Block was drilled to a depth of 4,260 meters and encountered significant oil and natural gas columns, with gross intervals of 300 meters of oil shows in the Jurassic and 800 meters of gas shows in the Triassic.

Mirawa-1 encountered light oil of 39-45° API in two Jurassic carbonate reservoirs that were successfully tested. Three drill-stem tests were conducted, with flow rates between 3,200 and 3,900 barrels per day. Three other formation tests confirmed the presence of gas and condensate reservoirs in the Triassic. Choked drill-stem tests flowed at approximately 20-30 million cubic feet per day and one of the formations also flowed at 1,700 barrels per day of condensate.

The Mirawa-1 discovery illustrates Total’s bold strategy of exploring high-risk, high-reward prospects, especially in foothills areas. “The discovery is very encouraging and demonstrates that our strategy to grow in this very prospective region is on the right track” commented Arnaud Breuillac, Senior Vice President, Middle East, Total Exploration & Production.

Total has a 35% working interest in the Harir Block, with Marathon Oil (45%, operator) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (20%).

LNG World News Staff, October 31, 2013