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Circle Oil Farms In to Vegas’ Lease

EGYPT

Circle Oil Egypt Ltd (COEL) has signed a farm-in agreement covering the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons with Vegas Oil and Gas SA for the NW Gemsa Block in Egypt. Circle Oil will hold a 40% interest, with operator Vegas having a 50% interest and Premier Oil retaining 10%. The 400 sq km NW Gemsa concession, lies about 300 km southeast of Cairo in a partially unexplored part of the Gulf of Suez Basin. It includes the April 2005 discovery Al Amir-1, which flowed 787 BOPD on test. The concession agreement has recently entered its second phase of three years and is valid for a further two and a half years. It has the right of conversion to a production license of 20 years, plus extensions, in the event of commercial discoveries. As part of the agreement, subject to ratification by Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and the Minister of Petroleum, Circle will contribute towards the cost of the Amir SE-1 exploration well which will target the Nubia Sandstone at a depth of 12,870 feet. The Nubia Sandstone is a well known producer within the Gulf of Suez Basin. The drilling rig contract is due to be concluded shortly and the well was scheduled to commence drilling in early February 2008. The structure is a partial dip and fault closure and has an operator estimated potential of 1 00MMBO in situ based on the present outlined closure area.


SUDAN Chinese Companies Swap Interests

Chinese companies in Sudan are buying oilfield assets from each other. Sinopec is looking to pick up CNPC’s 100% interest in Block 6 in the Muglad Basin, a deal not involving any financial transaction. Sinopec already held these rights in 2000 through its combination with erstwhile holder Zhonguyan but this was handed to CNPC as Sinopec went public.  Block 6 currently produces 60,000 BOPD.


Arabian Oil Is Selling In North October

EGYPT

Arabian Oil Company is seeking buyers for up to 50% of its 100% interest in the 185-sq km NW October block, in the north of Gulf of Suez. The block is situated in water depth of 45-65metres. The company wants to do the selling before embarking on development of the NWO 1 discovery (5.200 BOPD of28-32 API oil from the Nukhul and Thebes formations). Offers are invited until l May 2008. Effective date will be 1 January 2008. Contact spencerwinter@stellarlimited.com.


AFREN Buys Devon’s Cote D’Ivoire Interests

COTE D’IVOIRE  Afren has reached an agreement with Devon to acquire the latter’s interests in Côte d’Ivoire for $205MM, of which a 47.96% operating interest in Ci-11, a direct 65% and operatorship with rights over an additional 15% interest in Ci-0l, and 100% in the onshore Lion Gas Plant. The deal, which marks the AIM Listed Afren’s entry into Cote D’Ivoire, is to be made effective 30 June 30, 2007. Combined 2P reserves for Ci-0l and Ci- 11 are about 28MMBOE as of 30 June 2007, providing immediate access to 3,000 BOEPD net. The company is targeting over 6,000 BOEPD from 2010. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory and governmental approvals.


Gulf Energy Close To A Stake In Angola

Afren, the AIM listed African company, has entered into a Heads of Agreement with Gulf Energy Resources to acquire a 5% stake in Angola ‘s Cabinda Central License Block B. Devon Energy is the operator ofthe 1,125 sq km license located in the Cabinda province of Angola. Other partners in the block are Repsol 25%, Sonangol 20%, and Petrogal with 20%. The acquisition is consistent with Afren’s decision to further expand its presence in Western Africa by entering into one of the most promising onshore blocks in the second largest subSaharan producing country. Devon plans to recommence exploration work in the License subject to the effectiveness of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) Balkany revealed


Egypt Awards ‘Gassy’ Acreages

EGYPTIAN GAS HOLDING COMPANY (Egyptian Gas Holding Company EGAS) has awarded six oil prospecting blocks to as many operators in its third bid round in five years. Austrian company OMV got the 9,140 sq km Obaiyed Offshore exploration block, located in the Mediterranean waters. The main part of Obaiyed offshore lies in deep waters, off the city of Matruh. German independent RWE Dea was awarded 100% working interest in Tanta, a new onshore concession located partly in the prolific Nile Delta area. The 3,300 km2 block adjoins RWE Dea’s Disouq concession, which lies to the north, where the company only recently tested oil successfully in a wildcat Tayifah 1. Algeria’s state oil company Sonatrach was assigned the El Dabaa Offshore block (see story below on this page). Meanwhile, two exploration blocks went to India’s Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. (GSPCL). North Hapy block covers 4,180 sq km in the offshore Nile Delta, and will be mainly to explore for gas. The area remains so far totally undrilled. South Diyur covers 37,678 sq km in the Western Desert, southern Egypt. This is considered a medium risk, high reward asset and has a possibility of natural gas and crude oil. Available data on the lease includes 1,165 km of 2D seismic profiles as well as two wells.

OMV plans to conduct a 3D seismic program in the block in Obaiyed block; RWE Dea is committed to drill at least two wells in addition to acquiring 3D seismic with minimum expenditures of $1 8.9MM in the first three years.

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Dana Gets Two Pieces Of Morocco

Dana Petroleum has signed two onshore offshore exploration agreements in Morocco. In the first deal, the company would acquire a 15% working interest in the Repsol operated Tanger-Larache Blocks 1, 2 and 3 offshore Morocco while relinquishing 3% of its interest in Blocks L5 AND L7 offshore Kenya to Repsol. In the Bouanane Reconnaissance Contract License area, onshore Morocco Dana acquired 50% working interest to become the operator while the original lease holders Tethys Oil AB (“Tethys”) and Eastern Petroleum (Cyprus) Limited (“Eastern”) parted with 2.5% and 25% respectively. The TangerLarache blocks cover some 5,495 square kilometres, with water depths ranging up to 600 metres. The co-venturers have already acquired some 520 square kilometres of 3D seismic aimed at refining exploration prospects for drilling. Seismic data indicates a number of high-potential prospects within a relatively short distance of the coast and with a nearby gas-fired power station and indigenous market for gas, the block stands as a potential for development. Following completion of the transaction the Tanger-Larache partners will be Dana 15%, Repsol 30% (operator), Gas Naturel 30% and Moroccan state organisation ONHYM 25%. The Block L5 and L7 partners will be Dana 27%, Woodside 30% (operator), Repsol 23% and Global 20%.


Dana Dumps Kenya, Gets Two Pieces Of Morocco,

Dana Petroleum has signed two onshore offshore exploration agreements in Morocco. In the first deal, the company would acquire a 15% working interest in the Repsol operated Tanger-Larache Blocks 1, 2 and 3 offshore Morocco while relinquishing 3% of its interest in Blocks L5 and L7 offshore Kenya to Repsol. In the Bouanane Reconnaissance Contract License area, onshore Morocco Dana acquired 50% working interest to become the operator while the original lease holders Tethys Oil AB (“Tethys”) and Eastern Petroleum (Cyprus) Limited (“Eastern”) parted with 2.5% and 25% respectively. The TangerLarache blocks cover some 5,495 square kilometres, with water depths ranging up to 600 metres. The co-venturers have already acquired some 520 square kilometres of 3D seismic aimed at refining exploration prospects for drilling. Seismic data indicates a number of high-potential prospects within a relatively short distance of the coast and with a nearby gas-fired power station and indigenous market for gas, the block stands as a potential for development. Following completion of the transaction the Tanger-Larache partners will be Dana 15%, Repsol 30% (operator), Gas Naturel 30% and Moroccan state organisation ONHYM 25%. The Block L5 and L7 partners will be Dana 27%, Woodside 30% (operator), Repsol 23% and Global 20%.

 


Angola Hires IHS To Help Out In Bid Round

IHS Inc., the global provider of integrated oil and gas information, software and consulting services, says it has been engaged by Angola’s state hydrocarbon company Sonangol, to help facilitate an offshore E&P licensing bid round for Angola in early 2007. No additional details regarding timing or blocks to be offered are available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.


Algeria Moves Bid Date To Early 2007

Algeria has moved its next bid round date to early 2007. Plans are to offer 10 packages of open blocks. The 7th Bid Round announcement was originally planned for October2005, but has been affected by the lengthy, drawn out reform in the responsible ministry. Plans were delayed in order to establish two new agencies under the Ministry of Energy and Mines, one of which is to conduct the bid rounds. Then again the Ministry was bogged down with the passage in 2005 and the revision in 2006 of the Hydrocarbons Law, whichintroduced a windfall profits tax, among other things. As an African opportunity, Algeria is facing competition for exploration investments from Libya, Nigeria and Angola. It has plans to increase crude oil production to 1.5 MMBOPD in the short term and to 2.0 MMBOPD by 2010 from the current 1.4 MMBOPD. In this regard, the country must replace crude oil reserves by attracting FDI (foreign direct investment) most of which is made by FOCs (foreign oil companies).

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