Barda Rash

Kurdistan region of Iraq
Barda Rash
Working interest
Operator Afren
Gross 2P certified reserves
190 mmbbls*
Gross contingent resources
1,243 mmbbls*
Q2 2014 gross average production 383 bopd

*Source: RPS Energy. Reserves and Resources remaining as at 31 December 2012, adjusted for 2013 production.

**As announced on 31 October 2013


A world-class development project

The Barda Rash PSC is 55 km north-west of Erbil, and holds the 14,015 mmbbls STOIIP and 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. 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 326 km2 of good quality 3D seismic data. In 2012, we commenced the phased development of the field, initially targeting the development of light oil reserves. Having begun 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/Adaiyah reservoir, we initiated production operations in August 2012. In July 2013, we commenced preliminary crude oil sales from the Barda Rash PSC to the local market.


On 2 October 2014, Afren announced that it had begun to resume field operations on the Barda Rash field, following the precautionary step taken to temporarily suspend operations in August 2014 due to the regional security issues.  Following the re-entry into the region, BR-4 production was not resumed due to the high water cut associated with water flow behind pipe from an upper zone. At BR-5, Afren is in the process of working through the stuck 5” liner so that drill stem test operations can continue. Afren is discussing its forward work programme with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). As part of the forward work programme it is considering its options for the development of an early production facility (EPF) interim gas solution.