Carnarvon Joins JV in NW Natuna Basin

October 11th, Carnarvon Petroleum was awarded a Joint Study License by the Indonesian petroleum regulatory authority (MIGAS) covering an area of 14,400 square kilometers within the highly prospective North West Natuna Basin, offshore Indonesia.

Carnarvon will be part of a joint venture (NW Natuna Joint Study Group) also comprising Enovation Resources Ltd, Natuna Ventures Pte Ltd and PT Gema Terra, which has been granted exclusive rights to carry out a detailed geological and geophysical program to evaluate the petroleum prospectivity of the area. Carnarvon will have a 32.5% interest in the joint venture and will be dual operator with Enovation Resources for the duration of a 6-month study period. On the completion of the program the Joint Study group will have a right of first refusal to conclude a direct award for a block within the Joint Study area under Indonesia’s Production Sharing Contract (PSC) terms.

The Joint Study area is currently vacant acreage located in the under-explored offshore North West Natuna Basin, situated north east of the prolific oil & gas provinces of the West Natuna and Malay Basins and south west of the recent oil discoveries within the southern part of the Nam Con Son Basin, Vietnam. The establishment of a study license over this area enables Carnarvon to fully appraise the potential of this large area before committing the company to a significant work program. It will also enable the joint venture to tailor a work program as part of a PSC with the government to best suit exploration of the area.

Carnarvon is in the final stages of evaluating several other international growth opportunities with which it can likewise exploit its highly recognized technical strength but which also require minimal upfront expenditure in the initial stages of prospect evaluation.