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Discovered in 1957 the field is situated close to the coast of the Caspian Sea approximately 50 km north of the city of Aktau in the Mangystau Oblast, Western Kazakhstan.
Maersk Oil acquired 60% interest and operatorship of the Dunga field with partners Partex Corporation (20%) and Oman Oil Company Limited (20%) in 2002. Since then Maersk Oil has gradually increased average daily oil production from the field from 1,300 boepd in 2002 to around 13,000 through production optimisation and field development activities including drilling of new wells and expansion of processing and storing facilities.
2012: Dunga Phase II development commenced.
2007: Dunga Phase I development commenced.
2002: Acquisition of 60% interest and operatorship of the Dunga Block with Partex Corporation (20%) and Oman Oil Company Limited (20%).
2002: Oil production from the field is started and continues through 2011, when Maersk Oil divested its interest.
2000: Maersk Oil acquires an operating interest in the Saigak field.
1994: A Production Sharing Contract for operating the acreage is signed in.
In 2011 Maersk Oil took the strategic decision to relocate its Kazakh headquarters to Aktau, just 50 km away from the Dunga field. This move has improved the efficiency of the project and enabled cost savings. Additionally, it has allowed Maersk Oil to enhance its positive footprint in Mangystau Region through increasing local purchasing and creating more jobs locally. Today, more than 70% of Maersk Oil Kazakhstan’s headcount are Mangystau residents.
During the Dunga field development Maersk Oil discovered new oil reservoirs that have not been previously developed in Mangystau. These new discoveries will impact the field’s life and can be of significant importance for the entire Mangyshlak Basin.
Maersk Oil and its partners in the Dunga Field have implemented a project with non-profit organisation IREX to help modernise computer education in Aktau city (Kazakhstan). IREX has introduced the New Education Technology (NET) programme, which increases IT skills tuition by enhancing teaching resources and improving access to the internet.
IREX has trained 163 high school teachers from Aktau to successfully incorporate technology in their classrooms. The NET programme also enabled teachers to use the internet and social media to increase their own subject knowledge and connect with other educators across the region.