Adira Energy Ltd. announced Tuesday that Gustavson Associates, LLC has been contracted to provide resource interpretation and evaluation of Adira's offshore licenses.
Adira Energy has formally contracted Gustavson of Boulder, Colorado, to provide professional, geophysical, petrophysical, geological and engineering services for resource interpretation and evaluation on each of its three offshore Israel licenses, "Gabriella", "Yitzhak" and "Samuel". Gustavson is an internationally recognized team of resource industry specialists acknowledged for their technical capacity to provide expert opinions on resource evaluation geotechnics and economics. Adira Energy, as Operator on the Gabriella and Yitzhak licenses and as Co-Operator on the Samuel license, has contracted Gustavson, to independently evaluate all three licenses. The Company has recently completed 3D geophysical programs on Gabriella and Yitzhak, and the first phase of processing (often termed "Fast Track") is now complete, and detailed processing is underway by CGG Veritas. The Samuel 3D contractor, ARIS Nefterazvedska LLC of Moscow is currently mobilizing, to complete an Ocean Bottom Cable deployed survey. Other regional data is to be obtained in order to provide initial characterization.
Colin Kinley, Adira Energy President and COO stated: "Contracting Gustavson to complete three independent reports on our licenses is a significant step forward on the Company time line. Adira's highly qualified in-house team, together with our respective partners, are continuing to evaluate the targets. Gustavson support will provide adequate assurances of the quality of our resource and the selection of our targets. We are focused on independent oil targets on each license and are encouraged by the quality of the data obtained from the geophysical program."
Yael Reznik Cramer, interim CEO of the Company confirmed: "We believe that the potential exists for significant oil in Israel. As in the gas discoveries, early indications defining the fundamentals exist. Gustavson and our team are focused on defining and proving out oil and gas targets that, in the event successful, will be meaningful both to Adira and Israel."
Kinley adds: "We anticipate completion of resource evaluation on Yitzhak, Gabriella and Samuel by the end of the third quarter. Assuming Fast Track quality is sufficient to support further quantification, the Company will engage an independent major consultancy firm to establish economic risking of the targets, and an anticipated valuation of each of the blocks. Adira is focused on establishing credible targets and valuations thereof to define their drilling schedules."
Stock Option Grant
The Company also announces the granting of incentive stock options to purchase an aggregate of 505,000 common shares of Adira Energy to an officer and a number of employee recipients. The stock option grants are all subject to regulatory approval. Terms of the options include an exercise price of $0.60 per common share, and a vesting schedule allowing for the vesting of 12.5% of the options granted every six months with the initial amount vesting on the date that is six months from the date hereof, resulting in the options being fully vested on November 2, 2015. The options expire on May 2, 2016.
Gustavson Associates is a global consulting firm consisting of geologists, geophysicists, engineers, land and contract managers as well as economists and financial experts who solve problems on all aspects of natural resource evaluations. This work ranges from the first steps of prospecting to design and assessment of production facilities. Multi-lingual capabilities include Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Farsi, and Arabic.
Adira Energy Ltd. explores for oil and gas in and offshore Israel. It has four petroleum exploration licenses; the Eitan, Gabriella, Yitzhak and Samuel Licenses. These licenses are located respectively on-shore in the Hula Valley of Northern Israel, 10 km offshore between Netanya and Ashdod, 17 km offshore between Hadera and Netanya and adjacent to the coast between Ashkelon and Bat-Yam.
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