Khor Mor is primarily a gas play and currently produces around 15,000 b/d condensate alongside its 400mn cfd gas output. Condensate volumes are slated to increase to 35,000 b/d by 2021 under the consortium’s expansion plans. But operator Pearl Petroleum is hopeful that the field could also produce 285,000 b/d crude oil, and initial production could begin as early as 2021. However, with appraisal work of the field’s crude potential at early stages this could prove hugely optimistic.

If realized, 285,000 b/d equates to around two thirds of the region’s current output of around 440,000 b/d. It also dwarfs Kurdistan’s largest producing asset, the Khurmala Dome of the Kirkuk field where domestic firm KAR has boosted output to more than 130,000 b/d. Development would entail midstream challenges given that Khor Mor lies around 100km from the start of the KRG’s 1mn b/d export pipeline at Taq Taq. (CONTINUED - 194 WORDS)