The Board further notes that the Operator has also written-off carried forward expenditure on both the Murdoch and Kingsway prospects. The reason cited is pending expiry of leases. Pantheon was unaware of this decision prior to release and has been actively seeking clarification of the reasons behind it.
GGP has reverted that leases over both the Murdoch and Kingsway prospects are due to expire in 2007. It also indicated that at this stage it is unlikely that drilling will be initiated prior to the expiry dates. In this event, the leases would automatically lapse. Further, while the Joint Venture may reapply for the leases in question, there is no guarantee that it would be successful.
Pantheon thus takes the view that it would be prudent also to adopt a similar policy and write-down its carried forward expenditure on these leases. The charge expected to be levied is estimated to amount to approximately US $280,000. The Company stresses that this is an estimate and remains subject to confirmation by the company's US accountants.
Separately, Pantheon confirms that analysis of the cores taken at Plum Deep has not been completed. Initial examination established that the sands in the deep section had very low permeability due primarily to the presence of calcite cement. GGP stated in its interim report that research continues to determine if this is a localized occurrence or if it has regional implications that might impact on the other deep prospects. It should be emphasized that no conclusions have been reached as yet.
The next prospect scheduled to be drilled is Manzano where lease expiry is not until 2008.
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