Zion O&G announced that on June 13, 2011, the Company submitted an application to the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner's Office, requesting the grant of a new petroleum exploration permit area adjacent to Zion's Joseph License area. The new permit application has been named by Zion, the "Asher-Joseph Permit Application".
The Asher-Joseph Permit Application area covers approximately 80,000 acres of land and is to the west and south of Zion's Joseph License area. It is onshore Israel and traverses a section of land, adjacent to the coastline, between Haifa and Tel Aviv. The grant of a permit would allow us to conduct, on an exclusive basis through a specified period, preliminary investigations to ascertain the prospects for discovering petroleum in the area covered by the permit. Unlike a license area, where test drilling may take place, no test drilling is allowed on a permit area.
Zion's Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rinberg, said, "We have three applications for new exploration areas pending before the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner's Office: the Asher-Joseph Permit, the Zebulun Permit and the Dead Sea License.
"We continue to implement our exploration and drilling program and build on our progress to date. If granted the new exploration areas, we intend to acquire additional seismic and other geological and geophysical data, as we work towards refining potential drilling prospects.
"Currently, drilling operations at our Ma'anit-Joseph #3 well continue. We have reached our target depth of approximately 19,357 feet (5,900 meters), in the Permian geologic layer in Northern Israel, and are now preparing for open-hole wireline logging operations, planned to commence this week. Depending on the outcome of our wireline logging and subsequent interpretation, we may determine to drill this well deeper."
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