Talisman has an interest in two blocks, Kurdamir and Topkhana, covering in excess of 119,000 acres (net to Talisman). Talisman is currently exploring options to dilute its ownership in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
In the Kurdamir block, Talisman completed the Kurdamir-2 (‘‘K-2’’) exploration well in early 2013 which proved oil flowing. Talisman plans to put the K-2 well on a month-long extended test in the first quarter of 2014.
The Kurdamir-3 (‘‘K-3’’) appraisal well was spudded in February 2013 and rig released in October 2013 after an extensive testing program. Testing confirms the presence of oil at a greater depth than was previously proven in the K-2 well but at non-commercial rates. Talisman plans to drill the Kurdamir-4 appraisal well in 2014.
The Topkhana-2 (‘‘T-2’’) exploration well was spudded in December 2013 and is expected to be rig released in the third quarter of 2014. The main exploration objective of T-2 is the Euphrates zone, with a secondary objective to target the Oligocene reservoir in order to prove the extrapolation of oil discovered at Kurdamir into the Topkhana block.
The acquisition of 3D seismic over the Kurdamir and Topkhana blocks commenced in 2012 and was completed in the third quarter of 2013. Processing and interpretation is underway as at year-end and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2014.