Vanoil Energy reported Friday that the Kenyan Ministry of Energy has extended the deadlines within which Vanoil must satisfy the work program obligations defined in its Production Sharing Contract (PSC).
Previously, Vanoil was obligated to finish drilling its first well by April 30, 2013. Now, under the terms of the latest extension, Vanoil must only commence drilling its first well before July 31, 2013 and, with sufficient technical justification, Vanoil may place its first two wells anywhere within the boundaries of Block 3A and 3B to satisfy the work program obligations within the Initial Exploration Period of its PSC.
Aaron D'Este, the company's president and CEO, stated; "We were very pleased to secure this key extension. Vanoil is the first company to complete 3D seismic onshore in Kenya and our exploration program is among the most robust ever completed in country. The time extension granted to Vanoil allows us to fully realise value from our 3D data and to drill our first two wells in rapid succession. The ability to place both wells anywhere within the boundaries of 3A and 3B also gives Vanoil the flexibility to target its most exciting prospects. We view 2013 as a transformational year for the Company and we now have the time and operational flexibility to extract maximum value from our assets."
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