FOGL Secures 2 Drilling Slots Offshore Falklands
FOGL has signed an assignment agreement and associated documents with Borders & Southern ("B&S") and Ocean Rig to contract the Leiv Eiriksson for two firm drilling slots. The rig is currently expected to arrive in the Falkland Islands in the fourth quarter of 2011. FOGL expects to access the rig for the third and fourth slots in the combined B&S and FOGL program and to commence drilling in the first quarter of 2012.
As announced on April 19, 2011 the Company is currently funded for a deep well on Loligo, a prospect within the Tertiary Channel play which has estimated Pmean reserves of 4,700 mmbbls. The well will have an estimated duration of 50 days. Based on its latest cost estimates and assumptions, the Company also has sufficient funds for a second well on either Loligo (as an appraisal well), or on one of the other high ranked prospects such as Nimrod, Vinson or Inflexible.
As an alternative, FOGL is also considering options to drill the second well on one of the deeper Mid Cretaceous prospects such as Scotia (Pmean reserves of 1,060 mmbbls). Such a well would involve additional cost due to its greater total depth and the Company continues to explore options to provide additional financial flexibility around its drilling options. In particular, the Company would look to fund this additional cost principally via a farmout and it is currently in discussion with several parties who have expressed an interest in participating in our exploration drilling program.
Further to the announcement on April 19, 2011 and, as a result of the signing of the Rig Contracts, the Placing and the RAB Arrangements have become unconditional other than in respect of admission to trading on AIM. Application has been made for admission to trading on AIM of 45,714,281 Placing Shares and 15,103,978 RAB Shares ("Admission"). Admission of the Placing Shares and the RAB Shares is expected to become effective in on around May 24, 2011, following which the Company will have 207,235,325 Ordinary Shares in issue.
Tim Bushell, Chief Executive of FOGL, commented, "We are delighted to have secured the Leiv Eiriksson which, together with the successful completion of the Placing, positions us to drill two wells commencing in 1Q 2012."
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