The Blocks awarded to Ithaca comprise a 100% interest in Blocks 13/21d, 14/17(part), 14/18c, 48/9d, 49/28c, 53/4e, 53/4f, and a 60% interest in Block 48/9d (EWE Aktiengesellschaft 40%).
Blocks 14/17(part) and 14/18c lie in the Outer Moray Firth area of the UK North Sea and expand Ithaca's core area surrounding its Athena project. Block 14/18c lies just 4km to the east of Ithaca's Athena discovery and contains a satellite discovery previously made by well 14/18-1, known as Athena East (formerly known as Bordeaux) which tested oil in Upper Jurassic reservoirs at an exploration test rate of 1,250 barrels of oil per day. A water contact has not yet been established which leads management to believe the project has upside potential. Block 14/18c may also contain upside with the extension of the Athena Lower Cretaceous discovery tested by well 14/18-15 drilled by Ithaca in 2006. Block 14/17(part) is immediately west and on trend with Athena.
Block 13/21d lies southwest of the Company's 90% owned Blocks 13/16b, 13/17 and 13/18. The Company believes that 13/21d may contain an extension to its Triton prospect.
Blocks 48/9d, 49/28c, 53/4e, and 53/4f, and 48/9d lie in the Southern Gas Basin. Block 48/9d lies immediately south of Ithaca's multi-prospect Blocks 48/3a and 48/4 in which the Company's Morpheus prospect is located.
All the Ithaca awarded Blocks were made on a Traditional License basis.
Ithaca also announced the appointment of Mr. Rod McKinnon to the position of Vice-President, Finance. Mr. McKinnon is a senior professional with over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance with Enterprise Oil plc, Shell Exploration & Production, Energy North Sea, Weatherford UK Ltd., and most recently as a consultant with Venture Production plc. Mr. McKinnon completed a BSc. (Hons) in Physics & Electronics at St. Andrews University in 1982 and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland since 1987.
Nick Muir, Ithaca's VP Exploration, added: "We are excited about these awards as we have captured projects around our core areas that allow us to extend our appraisal and exploration drilling programs, many all of which lie within a few kilometers of established infrastructure'.
Lawrie Payne, Ithaca's CEO, said: "'I am very pleased to welcome Rod McKinnon to our management team. He has a very strong background in finance and accounting in the oil and gas industry and will be a valuable addition to our team as we drive toward establishing a significant UK-focused production company."
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