African Petroleum Corporation Limited announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, African Petroleum Côte d'Ivoire Limited, has entered into an agreement with the Société Nationale d'Opérations Pétrolières de la Côte d'Ivoire (PETROCI) and the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire to acquire one offshore exploration permit covering block CI‐509 (Permit).
Frank Timis, Non‐Executive Chairman, commented, "African Petroleum is already one of the largest net exploration acreage holders in the West African transform margin focused on the newly emerging and highly successful Upper Cretaceous exploration fairway. Together with the earlier award of Block CI‐513, this award of CI‐509, underlines African Petroleum's commitment to building a high grade exploration portfolio in the proven oil basin of Côte d'Ivoire and accelerating exploration in the region. This additional block adds further to African Petroleum's strategy of building an extensive portfolio in proven Upper Cretaceous basins in Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as building on our pre‐eminent position in the frontier Gambia/Senegal Western Margin."
African Petroleum has recently been awarded licences in Senegal over two blocks: Rufisque Offshore Profond and Senegal Offshore Sud Profond. The area covers 7,057 square miles (18,277 square kilometers). The Company holds 90 percent interest with its partner Petrosen holding the remaining 10 percent. A 3D seismic acquisition has now commenced on Senegal Offshore Sud Profond.
African Petroleum currently holds a 100 percent interest in blocks LB‐08 and LB‐09 offshore Liberia, where it has completed 1,969 square miles (5,100 square kilometers) of 3D seismic data and where a significant discovery was recently announced at our Narina‐1 Well in LB‐09.
African Petroleum holds a 100 percent interest in block SL‐03 offshore Sierra Leone where it has recently completed 3D seismic acquisition covering 965 square miles (2,500 square kilometers).
The Company also holds a 60 percent operating interest in blocks A1 and A4 offshore Gambia where it has completed 965 square miles (2,500 square kilometers) of 3D seismic. This is in conjunction with its partner Buried Hill Gambia BV.
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