Rus­sia’s Gazprom pre­pares to drill for Kur­dish oil in Hal­abja

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way for Rus­sian oil gi­ant Gazprom to con­duct a sur­vey on the Hal­abja Block in the southeast Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, which ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s es­ti­mates holds siz­able oil reser­voirs.

Tech­ni­cal equip­ment has al­ready been trans­ferred to the site for the 2D seis­mic sur­vey, which is sched­uled to be com­pleted be­fore the year’s end. The sur­vey will cover an area of 870 square kilo­me­ters in Hal­abja and the sur­round­ing area.

“We have good rea­sons to be­lieve the com­pany will find oil here in Hal­abja,” said one Gazprom as­so­ciate who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mikhail Kholodov, stated last March the ex­plo­ration well in the Hal­abja Block is ex­pected to be drilled at the start of next year.

“The com­pany didn’t give us any as­sur­ances as to find­ing oil in our city,” said Arkan Hasan, the mayor of Hal­abja. “They said they have to com­plete their sur- vey first and then in­form us whether there is oil or not.”

But the com­pany has al­ready set up a tem­po­rary camp out­side the city and plans to hire 200 per­son­nel from the area for the project.

Gazprom has signed a con­tract for two mis­sions in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, one in Hal­abja and the other in Shakal Block some 100 kilo­me­ters west of Hal­abja. The Rus­sian oil gi­ant has a prod­uct-shar­ing agree­ment (PSA) with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and has al­ready com­pleted drilling on two wells in Shakal at depths of 3.5 kilo­me­ters.

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