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Although there is no end in sight to the conflict in Kurdistan UK-based independent Genel Energy and Calgary-based Oryx Petroleum will both be returning workers to the semi-autonomous north Iraq region.

Genel said Monday it started bringing its Kurdish fields back to full staffing levels after paring down its staff in August.

Genel said it consulted with the Kurdish Regional Government and the UK Foreign Office to ensure that the security situation in the region is stable enough to return non-essential workers to its sites.

Production at Genel’s Taq Taq and Tawke fields has been “entirely unaffected” and rose to record levels in September.

Since the beginning of the month, production from the Taq Taq and Tawke fields averaged 234,000 barrels of oil per day, up about 1,000 bpd over August.

Combined exports from both fields are averaging 182,000 bopd after recent upgrades to a pipeline.

Last Wednesday, Oryx Petroleum started resuming operations in the Hawler license area of Kurdistan after seeing “tangible improvements to the security environment.”

Oryx said production and sales have averaged approximately 4,300 barrels per day at its Demir Dagh field over the past 10 days.

Payments for sales have also resumed.

Chevron, ExxonMobil and UK-based Afren also pulled non-essential staff from their Kurdish projects in August.

Those three companies have not disclosed whether they will begin bringing non-essential workers back to Kurdistan.

The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes to push back Islamic State (ISIS) fighters and prevent the group from taking over the region.


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