State-controlled Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), operator of the Atrush oil block in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, is finalizing engineering details and design to proceed with full development, after receiving Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) approval for its development plan.

Taqa’s Iraq managing director Leo Koot says the company hopes to launch tenders by the end of December as it targets first 30,000 b/d Atrush production in the first quarter of 2015, or even earlier: “With a push, we can bring that forward a little bit,” Mr Koot told MEES in an interview on the sidelines of the 2-3 December CWC conference in the KRG capital Erbil. (CONTINUED - 814 WORDS)