Canada's Antrim Energy announced Thursday lunchtime (UK time) that it has farmed out 75-percent of Licensing Option 11/05 in the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland, to independent oil firm Kosmos Energy.
In return for its 75-percent stake, Kosmos will carry the full costs of a planned 3D seismic program within the license area and reimburse Antrim a portion of its exploration costs incurred on the blocks to date.
The license lies adjacent to the Skellig Block, which contains the Dunquin North and South prospects that have been estimated by license partners Providence Resources and Sosina Exploration to potentially contain recoverable hydrocarbons in excess of 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
Kosmos is the oil company that discovered the Jubilee field offshore Ghana, which currently produces around 110,000 barrels of oil per day. Thursday saw the firm involved in another deal offshore Ireland, when it agreed to farm into 85 percent of two licenses held by Europa Oil & Gas, also in the Porcupine Basin.
Antrim CEO Stephen Greer commented in a company statement:
"Antrim is very pleased to have attracted a partner to this licence, and especially a proven player in the discovery and development of the world class deep sea Cretaceous West African oil fields."
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