Ber Bahr-1, which is the first exploration well to be drilled on the Ber Bahr block, will target prospective intervals in the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic with a planned total depth of about 2,100m.

The Ber Bahr block covers an area of 208 sq km and lies to the north-west and on trend with the Shaikan and Sheikh Adi blocks operated by Gulf Keystone.

The resource estimate for the Ber Bahr block is 1.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent-initially-in-place.

Gulf Keystone holds a 40% working interest in the block and Genel Energy International is the operator of the block with a 40% interest.

The Kurdistan regional government holds a 20% carried interest in the Ber Bahr production sharing contract.