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Oil&Gas: DNO discovers more oil in Kurdistan

The Norwegian oil and gas company DNO International has announced that it has discovered additional oil in the Benenan-3 well drilled on its Erbil license, Kurdistan region of Iraq.

DNO says it encountered an additional 210 meter oil column in the Najmeh reservoir which is expected to more than double the Benenan field's gross 2P oil-in-place volumes from 300 million barrels to an estimated 600-700 million barrels.

The well produced 800-1,000 barrels per day of 12-16 API gravity oil from an open hole test in the Lower Najmeh interval, having earlier confirmed movable oil from an open hole test in the Bekhme formation. The Bekhme formation is currently producing in the Company's Bastora-1A long-term test well in the neighboring Bastora field and the Upper Najmeh previously tested as productive in the Benenan field discovery and appraisal wells.

Benenan-3 was originally designed as a horizontal producer in the Upper Najmeh formation with a deeper deviated exploratory probe. The well will now be completed as a deviated well capable of producing from several Najmeh intervals as well as from the Bekhme formation. The Benenan and Bastora field development program is continuing with a second development well scheduled for mid-2013. DNO International holds a 40 percent working interest and is the operator of the Erbil license.

DNO International ASA is an Oslo-listed, Middle East and North Africa focused, oil and gas company holding stakes in 17 licenses in various stages of exploration, development and production both onshore and offshore in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Republic of Yemen, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Tunisian Republic.

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