According to Maersk Oil chief executive Jakob Thomasen, pictured, the company is pleased at the progress of the development of the onshore field under its operatorship.

Maersk Oil bought a controlling stake in the field in 2002. It is the company’s sole asset in Kazakh­stan and is operated under a production sharing agreement signed in 1994.

First oil flowed in 1969 at the field, which lies in the Mangistau region, about 50 kilometres from the Caspian Sea port of Aktau.

Output Dunga is currently producing about 7000 barrels per day, with about 92% of output exported to Europe through the Russian Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga after being sent through the Kazakh-Russian pipeline system.