ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. ("ShaMaran" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:SNM)(OMX:SNM) is pleased to provide an operational update on the Atrush development in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The DQE31 drilling rig resumed drilling operations on the Chiya Chere-8 ("CK-8") on August 30, 2014 and reached a Total Depth of 2195 metres on September 13, 2014. The bottom hole location is approximately 1.4 ESE of the surface location and the AT-1 discovery well. CK-8 was spudded on July 19, 2014 and reached TD in 33 days. The well found the top of Jurassic reservoir approximately 90 metres structurally higher than the AT-1 discovery well. This well completes the predrilling of the initial four producers for the Phase One facilities, namely AT-2, AT-4, CK-5 and CK-8. The well is on schedule to be tested using a service rig in 2015 prior to final completion and tie-in to the Phase 1 Production Facility.
The EDC Romfor 25 drilling rig is currently being mobilised to the Atrush Block and preparing to spud the Chiya Khere-6 ("CK-6") Phase 2 appraisal well. The well is located in the eastern part of the structure and is being drilled from the same well pad as the Atrush-3 appraisal well ("AT-3"). CK-6 is being drilled to a planned total depth of 2,164 metres targeting the Jurassic reservoir approximately 1.1 km SE of the surface location and the AT-3 well (approximately 10.3 kilometres east of the AT-1 discovery well). The drilling of the CK-6 well is estimated to take up to 70 days. The current plan is for the rig to conduct the retest of AT-3 following the testing of CK-6.
In August 2014 initial work commenced for the construction of the Right of Way for the Atrush feeder pipeline over the Chiya Khere mountain section.
ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. holds a 20.1% working interest through its wholly owned subsidiary, ShaMaran Ventures BV (100% owner of General Exploration Partners, Inc.) in the Atrush Block.
ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. is a Kurdistan focused oil development and exploration vehicle. ShaMaran Petroleum is a Canadian oil and gas company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "SNM" as well as NASDAQ OMX First North under the symbol "SNM".