WesternZagros Spuds Kurdamir-1

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 5/11/2009, Location: Middle East

WesternZagros Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce the Company has commenced drilling its second wildcat exploration well, Kurdamir-1, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Total depth for Kurdamir-1 is planned to be approximately 4,000 metres and it is expected to take between five and six months to drill. Gross costs for drilling Kurdamir-1 are expected to range between $35 million and $40 million which includes plans for early logging and testing if required, and the contingency for an additional intermediate casing string.

Kurdamir-1 is located on a separate anticlinal structure approximately 30 kilometres northeast of WesternZagros' first wildcat exploration well, Sarqala-1. Kurdamir-1 will target four potential reservoir zones - the Oligocene and Pilaspi/Jaddala intervals in the Tertiary, and the Shiranish and upper Qamchuaqa intervals in the Cretaceous.

WesternZagros and its co-venturers, the Kurdistan Regional Government and Talisman Energy Inc., have incorporated key learnings from Sarqala-1 in the well design for Kurdamir-1 in order to mitigate the risk of overpressure and other drilling issues. In particular, WesternZagros has planned for an additional intermediate casing string at Kurdamir-1, plus the contingency for a further string depending on drilling conditions. Additional key personnel have also been hired to be present in-country including a mud specialist, an operational geologist and drilling engineers.

Simon Hatfield, Chief Executive Officer of WesternZagros said, "Given the number of indications of high quality oil we encountered while drilling Sarqala-1, we're enthusiastic about the prospectivity of Kurdamir-1. We learned a great deal from our first well and believe we are well-prepared for any potential drilling challenges at Kurdamir-1."


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