Crude oil production from Norway’s DNO International in Yemen and the Kurdistan region of Iraq dipped in July.

DNO’s total production in the two countries averaged 45,292 barrels a day (b/d) in July, down 3.2 per cent from 46,806 b/d in June, according to a 2 September company release.

The company says production at the Tawke field in the northern Kurdistan region of Iraq dipped by 2.2 per cent to 40,553 b/d, from 41,453 b/d in June.

“Gross production at Tawke is temporary reduced to around 50,000 b/d for reservoir monitoring activities,” says the release.

Average gross production for August is expected to be about 53,000 b/d.

Production in Yemen fell by 11 per cent to 4,739 b/d, from 5,353 b/d. DNO has operator stakes in two producing blocks in the country; Blocks-32, 43 as well as a stake in Block 53, which is operated by the Dubai-based Dove Energy.

DNO expects further delays to the drilling of its Nabrajah-21 well in Block-43, which was previously scheduled to begin in mid-September.

Production in Yemen has faced severe cutbacks following disruption to the Marib export pipeline in mid-March (MEED 15:7:11).