DNO ASA - Stock Exchange Notice 041006 - Yemen

DNO ASA (DNO.NO) is today announcing an update on operations in Block 32 & 72, Republic of Yemen.
 
 
Block 32, Tasour Field  & Godah Oil Discovery (38,95% Working Interest)
 
Drilling Operations
 
The Godah #3 appraisal well was drilled to evaluate the extent of the oil accumulation found at the Godah #1 and #2 locations.  Godah #3 was drilled at a location approximately 1,100 meters to the west/south west of Godah #1. 
 
Godah #3 was production tested from at a stabilized rate of 1,511 Bopd and 122 thousand cubic feet per day of gas (maximum test pump capacity).  The Godah #3 appraisal well was drilled to a totalt depth of 1,747 meters, and the well will be completed and suspended as a future oil Qishn S1-A oil producer. 
 
The drilling rig is currently moving to a location at Godah #4, approximately 3 km's east/northeast of Godah #1 (1 km north/northeast of Godah #2), to further appraise and develop the Godah pool. The Godah #4 well is positioned to evaluate the oil/water contact in a structurally lower position than Godah #2 and to evaluate an eastern pool extension.
 
In early June, the partnership approved the development of the Godah field.  DNO is currently installing equipment to commence production from Godah #2 & #3 in late October at an estimated initial rate of 1,000 to 2,000 Bpd per well.  The facilities have been designed to handle additional production from the planned Godah #4 well.  The partnership also approved the construction of the permanent facilities required to develop the Godah field.  The development consists of a 14 mile (23 km) 10 inch pipeline to the Tasour Central Production Facility ("CPF") and expansion of the Tasour CPF to process the Godah oil.  The pipeline and expanded Tasour facilities could be operational by mid 2007.  The Godah field is located approximately 14 km east of the Tasour Field.
 
A second, larger, drilling rig commenced drilling an exploration well at Tasour #23 on September 5th.  Tasour #23 is targeting a fractured basement prospect south of the Tasour field and is expected to take an additional 30 to 40 days to drill and evaluate.
 
Seismic operations:
In addition a 275 square kilometer 3-D seismic acquisition program commenced in September of 2006.  The 3-D seismic program consists of two parts.  One part will cover the Godah discovery extending to the eastern boundary of Block 32 (210 square kilometers).  A second part will cover an area northwest of Tasour (65 square kilometers).  The new 3-D seismic should assist in the development of the Godah field and in the exploration drilling planned for the eastern portion of Block 32 and northwest of Tasour. 
 
Production:
With the addition of the Tasour 22ST Qishn oil well (announced August 31st, 2006) the Tasour field production averaged 15,500 Bopd (6,040 Bopd net to DNO, on Working Interest basis) in September.  The Tasour 22ST well continues to produce in excess of 8,000 Bopd (gross).                                                                                                                      
 
Block 72 (34% Working Interest)
The 255 km of new 2-D seismic data acquired at the end of 2005 has been processed, along with 500 km of existing 2-D seismic data.  Interpretation and mapping is nearing completion.  The first of two exploration wells is scheduled to commence drilling in December of 2006.
 
 
DNO ASA
October 4, 2006
 

Contact:
 
Helge Eide
Managing Director.               
Telephone: (+47) 23 23 84 80
 
 
 
 
Website : www.dno.no
 
 
Notes to the Editors:
 
DNO ASA is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company based in Norway.
 
The company has a diversified, risk balanced portfolio with petroleum interests in Norway, UK, Yemen, Northern Iraq and Africa.
 
Hydrocarbon production is currently focused on its operations in Yemen and Norway. The Company commenced production from its third field in Yemen (Nabrajah) in July 2005, which has caused an increase in the Company's daily output in 2006 YTD to approximately 15.243 BOPD.
 
Following additional oil discoveries in 2006 in Norway, DNO currently holds proven and probable reserves of approximately 140 million barrels
 
2006 will be an exciting and demanding year to DNO and the Company will increase its exploration activities across all of its core areas of interests. DNO's exploration budget in 2006 has increased to approximately USD 100 million. Throughout the year DNO plans to participate in 22 exploration wells, of which 15 as Operator.