DNO International ASA - January 2010 Production Report

("DNO" or "the Company")

DNO is today reporting January 2010 production and a summary of ongoing drilling and well operations.

PRODUCTION REPORT

DNO's working interest production was 13,148 bopd and DNO's net entitlement production was 8,533 bopd.

Yemen production

DNO's working interest (WI) production from Yemen in January 2010 was 7,719 bopd and DNO's net entitlement production was 4,914 bopd.

Production from Yemen is reported as follows:

(Bopd)

FY 2009

Q4 2009

Jan-10

Gross production

18,836

19,237

19,682

DNO's working interest (WI)

7,749

7,655

7,719

DNO's net entitlement (NE)

5,358

4,738

4,914

Achieved oil price (USD/bbl)

61

76

83

 

 

 

 


The production figures include crude oil consumed in the operation of the Company's production facilities, at an accumulated WI volume of 275 bopd and NE volume of 170 bopd in January 2010.

Kurdistan production

DNO's working interest (WI) production from Kurdistan in January 2010 was 5,429 bopd and DNO's net entitlement production was 3,619 bopd.

Production from Tawke is reported as follows:

 (Bopd)

FY 2009

Q4 2009

Jan-10

Total gross production

15,291

6,584

6,032

DNO's working interest (WI)

13,762

5,926

5,429

DNO's net entitlement (NE)

9,186

3,959

3,619


The production figures include crude oil consumed in the operation of the Company's production facilities, at an accumulated WI volume of 139 bopd and NE volume of 93 bopd in January 2010.

DNO has not received any new information from the KRG with respect to a payment mechanism for past and future export of oil from the Tawke field. The Company is therefore currently focusing on deliveries of crude oil to the local market in Kurdistan from Tawke

SUMMARY OF ONGOING DRILLING AND WELL OPERATIONS

Yemen

The Nabrajah-10S/S2 well in Block 43 was completed in January and brought on stream for clean-up and test production. The well is currently flowing 38 bpd of oil and 543 bpd of water.

After finishing the pilot hole, the well was drilled as a horizontal well of about 1000 meters in the Shuqra formation which is believed to be the producing formation in Nabrajah-5. The well has confirmed movable oil 186 m vertically deeper than Na-5 and opens up for improved recovery from this formation. Work will be undertaken to further evaluate the results from the Nabrajah-10s/S2 well and its impact on estimated reserves and production potential.

Drilling of the appraisal well Yaalen-3 in Block 47 is expected to commence during March.

The Bayoot-7 Basement development well in Block 53 is now completed. A 650 meter section has been drilled in the fractured basement reservoir and the well is completed as a Bayoot basement producer. The well has been brought on stream and is currently producing 149 bopd. The next well to be drilled on Bayoot is the Bayoot-8, which is the first of a 4 well development drilling program to be undertaken in 2010.

Kurdistan

The Sindy-1 rig was mobilized and moved to the Erbil PSC during January to undertake testing of the Erbil-2 well. The testing is now nearing completion. A total of 4 tests have been carried out in the well to date, with only the last test flowing oil. The flow rate from this test has been in the order of 200-300 bopd. The oil appears to be of heavy quality (16 API) and similar to the oil produced during a test in the equivalent formation in Hawler-1.

The remaining program is to test one more zone before the well is temporarily suspended. The results from the tests will then be evaluated to clarify the resource potential of the Benenan structure, and if this work is completed by then, the resource potential will be reported as part of the Annual Statement of Reserves (ASR) which will be disclosed by end April. A forward plan for the Erbil license will be filed with the Ministry of Mineral Resources (MNR) by June this year


DNO International ASA
3 March, 2010

Contact:

Media:

 

 

Helge Eide, MD DNO International ASA

Telephone:   

+47 23 23 84 80

Ketil Jørgensen, Crux Communication (Norway)      

Telephone

+47 930 36 866

Mark Edwards, Buchanan Communications (UK)

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+44 207 466 5000

 

 

 

Investor Relations:

 

 

Haakon Sandborg, CFO DNO International ASA

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