First Australian Resources to Participate in Senegal Offshore Project
First Australian Resources says that the Ministry of Energy and Mines for the Republic of Senegal has approved FAR's 30 percent participation in the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore blocks. These offshore concessions offer potential for world class oil accumulations.
The approval extinguishes a provision of the Convertible Notes issued by FAR for an earlier maturity date in the event the approval had not been obtained. The maturity date remains January 31, 2009.
Senegal Exploration Opportunity
Deep water play with giant hydrocarbon potential in the Senegalese portion of the productive Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea Bissau Basin. Large closures identified at the Aptian carbonate and Cenomanian sandstone levels, along with numerous Senonian stratigraphic leads with significant upside potential exceeding 1 billion barrels recoverable within the license.
The Sangomar-Rufisque offshore license covers an area of 14981 sq km over the shelf, slope, and basin floor.
Contract terms are among the best in the world, and were recently improved as a result of the government reducing the tax rate to 25%
FAR will partner Senegal Hunt Oil Company (SHOC) in evaluating this opportunity, by contributing toward a proposed 2000 sq km 3D seismic acquisition program commencing early fourth quarter 2006.
The proposed 3D survey is designed to validate several potentially significant prospects and a number of leads identified by Hunt based on existing 2D seismic data in addition to identifying additional prospects.
The northwest African margin is relatively under-explored, but hosts numerous recent, sizeable, and intriguing discoveries including the Woodside operated Chinguetti and Tioff discoveries in adjacent Mauritania.
Following Ministerial approval interests in the Senegal project will be Senegal Hunt Oil Company (Operator) 60%; First Australian Resources Limited 30%; and Petrosen (State Oil Company) 10%
Commenting on the announcement, FAR's executive Chairman Michael Evans said
"The potential of these blocks is evidenced by the performance of Hardman Resources following Woodside operated discoveries in the northern portion of the Mauritania- Senegal-Guinea Bissau Basin. We are pleased to have obtained approval from the Republic of Senegal and look forward to a successful venture with Hunt Oil Company".
- Senegal Grants Extension on FAR's Offshore Blocks (Dec 04)
- FAR Receives Extension on Offshore Senegal Blocks (Nov 13)
- FAR Updates on Offshore Senegal Exploration Activities (Sep 21)