Ophir Energy plc provided the following update on its operations:
The first well in Ophir's 2012 Block R campaign in Equatorial Guinea was spud on July 2 by the Eirik Raude (UDW semisub). Ophir operates Block R with an 80 percent stake.
The Eirik Raude semisubmersible will batch drill the top-hole sections at both Fortuna East and Fortuna West before moving to the Tonel-1 location where it will drill the entire well. Once Tonel-1 has been completed the rig will return to, and complete, Fortuna West and then Fortuna East. The entire program is anticipated to take 60-90 days.
The three-well 2012 drilling program is targeting 2.2 Tcf (362 MMboe) of unrisked mean estimated recoverable gross resource:
Update on Papa-1 well drilling in Tanzania (Block 3)
The Block 1, 3 and 4 drilling program, operated by BG (Ophir 40%) continues on schedule.
The Deepsea Metro 1 (UDW drillship) completed operations at the Mzia-1 discovery (Block 1) on 21 May and the vessel then moved to the Papa-1 location in Block 3. The well was spud on May 29 and is estimated to take 65 days to complete. Papa-1 is targeting the Upper Cretaceous intra-slope channel play within the Rufiji delta. The Papa-1 prospect has an unrisked mean estimated recoverable resource of 3.1 Tcf (517 MMboe). Results are expected to be released in late July.
Once Papa-1 is completed the Deepsea Metro 1 will be assigned to Apache for a single well in Kenya on acreage adjacent to Ophir's Blocks L9 (60%) and L15 (100%), before returning to continue operations with the Ophir-BG Joint Venture in Tanzania.
Update on Gabon Pre-Salt Exploration (Mbeli and Ntsina)
Processing of the pre-salt 3D-seismic survey is approximately 50% complete. Ophir and Petrobras expect to receive the final processed dataset in Q4 2012. Drilling of the first pre-salt target is anticipated in early 2013 subject to rig availability.
Nick Cooper CEO of Ophir said: "Ophir's 2012 drilling program has so far delivered the Jodari-1 and Mzia-1 gas discoveries in Tanzania. With the kick-off of our Equatorial Guinea campaign, we are now running simultaneous drilling campaigns in West and East Africa through the summer. A further four well results, targeting a substantial net unrisked resource of 3.0 Tcf (500 MMboe) are anticipated by early September. Shareholders will be updated as these campaigns progress through the summer."
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