OMV Farms into Ophir's Gabon Blocks
Austria's OMV reported Wednesday that it is taking its next step in building a business in Sub-Saharan Africa after signing agreements to take part in deepwater exploration projects offshore Gabon.
The farm-in deal, with Ophir Energy, sees OMV take ten-percent stakes in the Mbeli and Ntsina exploration blocks as well as 30-percent of the Gnondo and Manga blocks. In 2014, OMV and Ophir plan 3D seismic data acquisition programs on all four blocks, with one well drilled on each of the Mbeli, Ntsina and Gnondo blocks.
OMV CEO Gerhard Roiss commented in a company statement:
"It is part of OMV’s strategy to build up new exploration business in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa. The first step has been taken with the entry into Madagascar which is now followed by a new exploration venture in Gabon. These projects are the basis for long-term growth in the region."
In a separate statement, Ophir CEO Nick Cooper commented:
"We are delighted to have agreed this deal with OMV across our acreage position in Gabon. It brings a well-financed, experienced and motivated partner into our blocks and is in-line with our strategy of mitigating exploration risk ahead of drilling. Our retained interests expose shareholders to significant upside in the event of success, especially the pre-salt play on the Mbeli and Ntsina Blocks with the Padouck Deep well due to commence in February 2014."
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.
- OMV Flags Higher 3Q Margins, Kurdistan Windfall (Oct 13)
- Gas Pipeline Through Central Europe to Go Ahead As Planned -Romania (Sep 28)
- Austria's OMV Moves Workers In Tunisia Over Gas Field Protests (May 04)
Company: Ophir Energy more info
- Ophir Energy Cuts Cost; Eliminates Staff (Jul 12)
- Tanzania Laws Would Allow Govt to Tear Up Mining, Energy Deals (Jun 29)
- Ophir to Borrow $1.2B from Chinese Banks for Fortuna Floating LNG (May 08)