Qara Dagh

Genel reached agreement to acquire stakes in the Chevron operated Qara Dagh block, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, in January 2019.

Genel acquired 40% equity in the Qara Dagh appraisal licence and became the operator through a carry arrangement, covering activity for the QD-2 well.

Qara Dagh offers an exciting appraisal opportunity. The QD-1 well, completed in 2011, tested light oil in two zones from the Shiranish formation. The QD-2 well location has been selected c.10 km to the northwest of QD-1, and will test a more crestal position on the structure with a high angle well to maximise contact with reservoir fractures.

Civil construction works have made good progress in preparation for the upcoming drilling operations, and the well pad and camp have now been completed. The well will test the crestal portion of the prospect which, based on a rigorous re-mapping exercise, has a mean prospective resource estimated by Genel at c.400 MMbbls. Genel estimates that the downdip segment tested by the QD-1 well defines a 2C resource of 47 MMbbls.

Preparatory activities are ongoing for the QD-2 well, as Genel continues to target a spud date late in Q1 2021. The water well project successfully completed in December, providing us with water for the drilling operations.

The well is expected to drill, complete, and test before the end of the year, with the field holding resources estimated by Genel at gross mean c.400 MMbbls.