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Maersk Oil entered Kazakhstan in 2000. The focus of Maersk Oil is now on new business in the Mangistau region, including the USD 1 billion field development that will more than triple production from the Dunga field.

In 2002, Maersk Oil acquired a 60% interest and operatorship of the Dunga Block with Partex Corporation (20%) and Oman Oil Company Limited (20%). The acreage is operated under a Production Sharing Contract signed in 1994.


The Dunga Phase I development began in 2007 and Phase II was approved in 2010. Average oil production from the Dunga field is currently some 7,000 barrels a day. Maersk Oil relinquished the Temir acreage in 2004 and sold the Saigak field in 2011.

Dunga Phase II began in 2012. Maersk Oil and its partners will drill 198 vertical wells over a three-year period to 2015 and undertake a major facilities upgrade.

Exploration wells drilled in 2012 discovered hydrocarbons at three stratigraphic levels within and outside the existing development area. Several well tests will take place to further evaluate the potential of these discoveries.

Since 2012, more than 2,000 employees and contractors have been working for the Dunga project. Everybody has been through Incident-Free


orientations as part of Maersk Oil’s drive towards Incident- Free operations.

Maersk Oil has engaged with a local drilling contractor, who will be responsible for the drilling of all the wells with up to four rigs. This is believed to be the first such major contract that has been awarded by a western oil company to a local drilling contractor in Kazakhstan. Maersk Oil has assisted the contractor in meeting international HSE and operation standards, with procurement and in establishing a maintenance system. Furthermore, the company has put experienced staff in the field as coaches for the local crews and finally strengthened the HSE support to the drilling contractor. The first 20 wells have been drilled with zero Lost Time Injuries and within budget.