Desire Petroleum has exchanged a letter of intent with Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK) Ltd for the Ocean Guardian semisub to undertake a four well minimum drilling campaign in the North Falkland Basin.
The Ocean Guardian is currently in the North Sea and following a program of shipyard work will mobilize in November 2009. Projected arrival in Falkland waters is early February 2010. Desire has options to drill a further four wells for itself and or its partners. Further details will be announced post contract completion which is subject to various approvals, including Desire Board, Partner and regulatory approvals.
The Company believes that with a rig becoming active in the North Falkland Basin the Company should endeavour to drill as many wells as possible to test the full potential of this highly prospective area. To this end Desire is investigating with its advisors the best course of action to raise additional funds prior to mobilisation to ensure the area is appraised as widely as possible. It is Desire's intention that shareholders will have the opportunity to participate in the fund raising.
Commenting on the development, Stephen Phipps, Chairman of Desire said, "The Board of Desire is delighted to be able to report today's news on securing a rig to drill our prospect inventory in the Falkland Islands. Subject to the anticipated timing, we will be commencing activity in early 2010, where we intend to explore as many play types as possible, thus maximizing our chances of success."
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