Maersk Oil chief executive Jakob Thomasen told Upstream that the company is pleased at the progress of the onshore project.

The field lies in Kazakhstan’s Mangistau region, about 50 kilometres from the Caspian Sea port of Aktau, and is Maersk Oil’s sole asset in the country.

Dunga is currently producing 10,000 barrels per day of crude, and Maersk, along with project partners Oman Oil and Portugal’s Partex, are aiming to boost output to 35,000 bpd in 2015 through the $1 billion phase two development.