Chariot O&G to Begin First Renewal Phase for Blocks Offshore Namibia
Chariot O&G provided the following update ahead of its interim results for the period ending August 31, 2010.
As announced at the beginning of July, the processed 3D seismic was received for both the Northern (1811A&B) and Southern (2714A&B) blocks offshore Namibia and mapping and interpretation of this information has been underway over the past weeks. Upon completion, Chariot will publish an updated resource statement for these blocks. Subsequent to this, the Company will be engaging an independent consultant to complete a new Competent Person's Report to review the findings to date, results of which will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.
The farm-out process for the Company's blocks offshore Namibia continues to receive positive feedback. Now that the fully mapped and interpreted 3D data sets are available to dataroom attendees, new visits and revisits have increased substantially. Additional resources and equipment have been added to accommodate this activity and the dataroom is now fully booked for the next several months.
Further to the approval received from the Ministry, Chariot will enter the First Renewal Phase for the Northern blocks and 2714B in the South on the October 27, 2010. Having delineated areas of specific interest, 50% of the acreage within these blocks will be relinquished and the Company will continue its aggressive exploration program. As previously stated, it remains Chariot's intention to define and drill the newly identified prospects as soon as possible.
Chariot was delighted to welcome Philip Loader as a Non-Executive Director to the Board this month. His exploration expertise, coupled with his knowledge of Africa will be an invaluable resource as the Company continues to pursue new business opportunities throughout the continent.
Paul Welch commented, "We have continued to make significant progress over the past few months, both corporately by further strengthening our Board and technically, as we have continued to develop the prospectivity of our portfolio. We look forward to releasing an updated resource statement shortly and, looking ahead, to the drilling of new targets."
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