Oslo-listed, Iraqi Kurdistan-focused DNO plans to spend big in 2019 to “outdrill, outproduce and outperform all other international oil companies in Kurdistan – combined.” The firm aims to mobilize a fifth drilling rig as it ups the ante, investing $420mn this year, up from $293mn in 2018.

Twin priorities are staving off decline at its 128,000 b/d Tawke license (DNO 75%op, Anglo-Turkish Genel 25%) and fast-tracking development of the non-producing Baeshiqa license (DNO...