ERHC Energy Inc. today announced that the government of the Republic of Chad has formally awarded the company three oil blocks for exploration and development. The company expects to announce a concluded production sharing contract in respect of the blocks as early as next week. ERHC's financial officer, Mr. Sylvan Odobulu, has led a team of legal, technical and financial experts in negotiating the production sharing contract on behalf of ERHC.
The specific blocks in the award are Block BDS 2008, Manga and Chari-Ouest Block 3. The award of these blocks follows several months of negotiations between ERHC and the government of Chad.
"This is another significant milestone in the remarkable history of ERHC," said ERHC CEO Peter Ntephe. "Among the independents operating in Africa, we are already one of the largest holders of exploration acreages in terms of number and size of blocks. This new award increases our holding considerably while also strategically diversifying our portfolio beyond the Gulf of Guinea."
The West African nation of Chad is one of sub-Saharan Africa's significant crude oil producers. It shares borders with Cameroun and Sudan, which both produce oil, and Nigeria which is Africa's largest oil producer. Chad has proven oil reserves of 1.5 billion barrels with studies establishing the prospect of more discoveries.
Apart from the new award, ERHC currently holds working interests in six Blocks in the Nigeria-São Tomé & Príncipe Joint Development Zone (JDZ). ERHC also holds 100% of Blocks 4 and 11 of the São Tomé & Príncipe Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with an option to acquire up to 15 percent working interests in two other EEZ Blocks.
ERHC management will host a live online chat at 5:00 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, July 6, 2011. CEO Peter Ntephe will respond to questions posted live at www.erhc.com/chat. Those unable to participate live will be able to review the online interaction afterward.
About ERHC Energy
ERHC Energy Inc. is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company focused on growth through high impact exploration in Africa, including within the highly prospective Gulf of Guinea. ERHC is committed to creating and delivering significant value for its shareholders, investors and employees, and to sustainable and profitable growth through risk balanced smart exploration, cost efficient development and high margin production. For more information, visit www.erhc.com.
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