Calvalley Petroleum has entered into its first Production Sharing Contract ("PSC") with the Ethiopian Government for the exploration, development and production of petroleum resources in the Gimbi and Metema blocks under a single contract covering a total area of over 46,470 square kilometers (11.5 million acres). Both blocks are located in the western part of the country, adjacent to the Sudan border.
The Gimbi block, covering an area of 20,457 square kilometers (5.1 million acres), is located on the northeastern flank of the Gambela Basin, which borders Sudan on the west. The Gambela Basin is contiguous with the Melut Basin which is very prolific in Sudan. The Gambela Basin is part of the Central African rift system and is still in the early stages of exploration. The Central African rift system is a series of Cretaceous to Tertiary-aged failed rifts that trend across Central Africa from the Benue Trough in Nigeria, through Chad, into Sudan. These fault-bounded basins, generally trending northwest-southeast, contain marine sediments reaching
The Metema block, covering an area of 26,013 square kilometers (6.4 million acres), is situated in northwestern Ethiopia, bordering Eritrea to the north and Sudan to the northwest. The block is located in the center of the Mekele Basin, which is also part of the Central African rift system. The Mekele Basin is also in the early stages of exploration.
Calvalley has a 100% operated working interest, in both blocks for an exploration period of eight (8) years , consisting of an initial period of four (4) years followed by two (2) subsequent Option periods consisting of two
Total work obligations under the PSC, during the initial 4 year exploration program consist of acquisition and processing of 400 km of 2D seismic and drilling of one exploration well.
Edmund Shimoon, Chairman and CEO, was in Ethiopia last week for the signing ceremony which concluded several months of negotiations with the Government of Ethiopia and the ratification of the PSC by the Ethiopian
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