Central has established farmout agreements with White Sands Petroleum of up to a 15% interest in Central's 100% controlled EP 93, EPA 92 and PELA 77. These farmouts are promoted to the 22.5% level (1.5) and give the Company access to the latest technology in hydraulic top-drive land rigs that have automated pipe handling and offer improved standards of safety. The first two wells planned by the partners will be the Avalon and Blamore prospects, estimated by independent consultants to have potential for 118 MMbls recoverable oil at P50 level at modest depths of less than 2,000m in the onshore Madigan Trough of the Pedirka Basin. The two prospects have shown numerous potential Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators (DHIs) in seismic analysis and related source rock analysis points towards oil dominated petroleum systems.
White Sands Petroleum is an Australian company that has imported the first of these high-tech drilling rigs into Australia that will give the benefits of deep drilling capacity, mobility and reduced operating costs. Drilling rigs for oil exploration and development are currently in very short supply and so the deal with White Sands Petroleum gives Central several advantages in the competitive E and P industry including access to suitable rigs, a farmin partner with considerable technical expertise in engineering, geology and geophysics and the underscoring of the intrinsic value of the prospects to be drilled. White Sands Petroleum is managed by Don Schofield and owned at the 25% level by the ASX listed Bounty Oil and Gas managed by Tom Fontaine.
The Company will continue to promote judicious farmouts as appropriate as exploration progresses to hedge risk and to bring other potential advantages particularly in the form of technology and access to suitable equipment and expertise.
Central is chaired by Dr Henry Askin who was Exploration Manager for Shell Development (Australia) from 1990 to 1997 and who also headed the Shell International seismic analysis unit in the Hague for several years.
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