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Genel lands Tawke field payment from Kurdistan government

Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government plans to start making its first regular payments to oil producers including DNO ASA, Genel Energy Plc. and Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. within seven days. The companies’ shares rallied. The Ministry of Natural Resources authorized the allocation of $75 million of revenue from the KRG’s direct sale of crude oil as payments, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. Operators of the Taq Taq oil field including Genel Energy will receive $30 million, Tawke field operator DNO will get $30 million and Gulf Keystone, the operator at Sheikhan, will receive $15 million over the next seven days, it said. “Regular payments will be needed to allow the exporting companies to cover their ongoing expenses and plan for further investment in the oil fields, which will in turn boost production and thus help the people of the Kurdistan region,” according to the ministry statement. Additional payments will be made as Kurdish shipments rise in 2016, it said. The payments would be the first schedule compensation to companies that have been caught for years in a dispute over revenue sharing between authorities in the northern Kurdish enclave and Iraq’s federal government. Genel’s shares gained 6.1% percent, while DNO and Gulf Keystone Petroleum also rallied.

Genel Energy has confirmed that Tawke field partners have received a payment of $15million from the Kurdistan Regional Government for oil sales during May 2016.

The payment reflects part settlement of the invoiced amount of $39.28 million for May 2016 Tawke oil sales. This figure incorporates $32.95 million towards contractor monthly entitlement and $6.34 million towards recovery of historical receivables.

The payment will be shared pro-rata by operator DNO and Genel.

Tawke production in May averaged 117,757 barrels of oil per day (bopd), of which 114,848 bopd were earmarked for export.

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