BowLeven to Abandon IF-1 Exploration Well

BowLeven says that the IF-1 exploration well located in Block MLHP 7 offshore Cameroon, has taken a significant gas kick at 6,355 feet (some 540 feet above the highest expected target) in the uppermost section of the primary objective, the Isongo formation. The pressures encountered during this kick indicate that the well is potentially in communication with the IE structure, which was appraised by BowLeven earlier this year with well IE-2. For reasons of safe well control, the need for a new well design to accommodate the pressures encountered and the resultant requirement to employ up-rated equipment, it has been decided to abandon the well. The rig will be released on completion of abandonment operations.

The data obtained during drilling will now be evaluated and it is intended to return to the IF structure to re-drill this exploration well as soon as practicable. This re-drill will most likely be located down dip from the structural crest (where IF-1 is located), on the flanks of the structure, where more favorable pressure conditions should be encountered.

The Company is in discussion with its insurers concerning the IF-1 well.

Commenting Kevin Hart, Bowleven CEO, said:

"Although it is frustrating to have to abandon the well at this juncture, the likelihood that the IE and IF structures are connected and have a common substantial gas column is extremely encouraging.

Whilst further drilling will be required to firm up the reserves, the result of this well certainly enhances the likely commerciality of the acreage and suggests the combined IE and IF accumulation may hold substantial volumes of gas and condensate."

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