The exploration block covers an acreage of 17.800 square kilometers in deep waters which are relatively unexplored.
Although it is a high-risk investment, Hydro's exposure is relatively low as the block does not include a well commitment in the current exploration period.
Together with the other partners, Hydro has initiated acquisition of 3D seismic in order to evaluate the prospectivity of the block, which will form the basis for a potential decision whether to proceed and drill exploration wells.
Potential drilling on the block will take place in 2006 at the earliest.
Participants in the Block are Vanco Madagascar Ltd as operator with 30%; ExxonMobil with 40% and Norsk Hydro with the remaining 30%.
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