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Russia’s Rosneft announced in its Q1 results this week that “experimental production started at the Bijeel field at Block 11.” This is one of the five blocks that the state-led firm signed up to in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2017 ( MEES, 16 June 2017 ). Bijeel has production facilities with capacity of 10,000 b/d installed by former Hungarian operator Mol, which could also be linked to the nearby Jisik discovery ( MEES, 31 August 2018 ). Mol had high hopes for Bijeel, targeting 50,000 b/d ( MEES, 15 August 2014 ), but it exited in 2016 after downgrading reserves from 800mn barrels to just 4mn ( MEES, 15 January 2016 ). Rosneft must be confident that Mol missed something when it walked away. (CONTINUED - 105 WORDS)