|Kurdistan region of Iraq
|Gross 2P certified reserves
|Gross contingent resources
||Production and development
*Source: RPS Energy. Reserves and Resources remaining as at 26 March 2012
**As announced on 31 October 2013
A world-class development project
The Barda Rash PSC is located 55 km north-west of Erbil, and holds the 14,015 mmbbls STOIIP/1,433 mmbbls gross recoverable Barda Rash oil field. The field is defined as an elongated anticline with surface expression of 20 km length and up to 7 km width. The reservoirs are fractured carbonates of various depositional settings.
In 2009, the BR-1 discovery well was drilled to 5,535 ft and successfully encountered oil in Cretaceous to Jurassic reservoirs. Well tests were carried out on the Jurassic Mus and Adaiyah formations, each yielding rates of around 3,200 bopd, with a subsequent extended test of the BR-1 well producing 440,000 barrels of 30° to 32° API oil over a three-month period. During this time, oil was trucked from onsite storage and sent to local refineries.
Export pipeline infrastructure is located approximately 55 km from the field location and has capacity available. Two further wells were drilled at the field in 2010, BR-2 and BR-3, both encountering oil full-to-base in all reservoirs. The field is defined by 330 km of good quality 2D seismic data.
In 2012, Afren commenced the development of the field, that is initially targeting the development of light oil reserves.
Having commenced an extensive testing programme at the BR-1 well in July 2012 and establishing oil rates in excess of 6,000 bopd of 28° to 32° API oil, as well as obtaining valuable information on the production characteristics of the Mus/Adiayah reservoir, Afren initiated production operations in August 2012.
On 8 July 2013 Afren commenced preliminary crude oil sales from the Barda Rash PSC to the local market. Gross average production has been ramped up from the initial 1,300 bopd to approximately 2,000 bopd currently.
The Partners commenced drilling on the BR-5 well in Q1 2013 using the Romfor-23 drilling rig which is currently drilling ahead at around 11,266 ft. The Partners also commenced drilling the BR-4 in May using the Viking I-10 rig, which is currently drilling ahead at around 10,853 ft. The wells are testing the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic reservoirs previously identified on the structure.