ShaMaran Commences Drilling at Taza Well

ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. provided an operational update on the Atrush and Taza blocks.


ShaMaran reports that the Taza-1 well, located in the Taza PSC in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, commenced drilling on July 3, 2012.

The Taza prospect is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of the city of Sulaymaniyah. The primary objectives are Miocene and Oligocene carbonates of the Jeribe and Euphrates Formations.

The planned depth of the well is 10,663 feet (3,250 meters) and estimated to take approximately 100 days to drill.

ShaMaran holds a 20 percent participating interest in the Taza Block. Oil Search (Iraq) Limited holds a 60 percent participating and is the Operator of the Block. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has the remaining 20 percent interest in the block which is carried by ShaMaran and Oil Search.


Further to the spud of the Atrush-2 ("AT-2") appraisal well on May 23, 2012, operations have proceeded ahead of schedule. The well is expected to take approximately 65 days to reach a total depth of 5,741 feet (1,750 meters). The well is situated 1.9 miles (3.1 kilometers) east of the discovery well.

Meanwhile, 3D seismic acquisition is continuing in the eastern part of the Atrush block on schedule for completion in July.

The Atrush Block is operated by the joint-venture company General Exploration Partners Inc. ("GEP") which holds an 80 percent working interest in the Block. Aspect Holdings, LLC, through its Aspect Energy International LLC subsidiary, has a two-thirds interest and ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. through its wholly owned subsidiary, ShaMaran Ventures BV, holds a 33.5 percent interest in GEP, thereby a 26.8 percent indirect net interest in Atrush. Marathon Petroleum KDV B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO), holds a 20 percent interest in the block.

ShaMaran President and CEO, Pradeep Kabra, commented, "We are very pleased with the progress made on both projects, particularly spudding the Taza exploration well which is targeting a prospect with significant potential. We are looking forward to the results of the Atrush appraisal well which should be completed in the next few weeks."