TethysAralGaz (TAG), the company’s wholly owned Kazakh subsidiary, has received state approval from the ministry of oil and gas (MOG) for the pilot production project for the Doris oil discovery on the Akkulka field.

This approval grants the right for oil production on the Akkulka field during the exploration period and allows the company to install and operate production facilities for the planned 3,000bopd-4,000bopd production target planned for the second quarter of 2011.

Once the pilot program is completed, the relevant final reserve calculations will be submitted to the ministry of oil and gas to receive a production contract.

Both the 3D and 2D seismic acquisition programs on the Doris oil discovery and surrounding exploration area have now been completed and the first data has been interpreted.

The next two wells to be drilled on the Doris oil discovery have been identified and it is planned to commence drilling the first in early February 2011.

The AKD03 (Dione) exploration well has been drilled to a depth of 3,975m and will now undergo a testing program on up to eight separate zones that have been identified on logs.

The company said that testing will begin once approval has been granted by the Kazakh State.