This field has uniquely high formation pressure and formation temperature.
The field contains light crude oil with an API gravity of 40°.
Sarqala is estimated to hold proven and probable reserves of 13 million barrels of oil, as well as prospective reserves of 66 million barrels.
1st oil from the field was achieved in 2011.
Gazprom Neft took an interest in the block in August 2012.
A declaration of commerciality was submitted in December 2013 and a field development plan was submitted in August 2014.
This was approved by the Kurdistan Regional Government in May 2016.
Commerciality of the field was declared in December 2015, following which the development phase was launched.
Crude oil shipments from the field also began in 2015.
A 2nd well was launched in 2018, a 3rd in 2019, a 4th in 2021.
The Garmian Block is jointly owned by:
- Canada's WesternZagros (40%)
- Gazprom Neft (40%)
- the Kurdistan Regional Government (20%)