Derock has been authorized as a Qualified Local Operator by DPR. EnerGulf will provide the exploration, technical and operational services required for the application and operations.
EnerGulf will own 60% of the joint venture and Derock will own 40%.
Licensing Round 2005 is currently set to commence at the end of August.
Nigeria, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is Africa's top oil producer and the eleventh largest oil producer in the world with estimated average production in excess of 2.5 million barrels per day in 2004. Nigeria has 35.2 billion barrels of proven oil reserves. The Nigerian government has a stated objective of reaching 40 billion barrels of proven reserves by 2010 with 4 million barrels per day in production. Nigeria also has natural gas reserves of 176 trillion cubic feet, ranking it in the top ten globally.
Commenting on the agreement with Derock, Jeff Greenblum, EnerGulf Chairman of the Board stated, "This agreement with Derock marks our entry into the dynamic Nigerian oil and gas community. We are excited to have this association with Derock and look forward to aggressively pursuing opportunities in Nigeria, as we continue our Pan-African business plan by assembling a strong portfolio of high impact oil and gas exploration opportunities."
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