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ExxonMobil rig up at al-Qush, drilling at Pirmam

Long-anticipated work has begun in KRG blocks, including in disputed territories.
A night view of the rig drilling ExxonMobil's Maseif-1 well at the Pirmam block in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

BA’ADARA - ExxonMobil has spudded at the Pirmam block in Erbil province and has erected a rig in preparation for drilling at the al-Qush block in Ninewa province, breaking ground for the first time in the super major's six-block deal with the autonomous Kurdistan region.

Visits to the areas near both drilling sites show Exxon has mobilized Weatherford rig 888 to al-Qush, though drilling has not started, and Weatherford rig 887 to Pirmam, at the well called Maseif-1.

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