GABON Swiss independent Addax Petroleum, has acquired an additional 18.75% interest in the Gryphon Marin license area, bringing its total interest in the license area to 68.75%, prior to third party back-in options. Addax Petroleum is the operator of the Gryphon Marin license area, which covers a gross area of approximately 2,409,200 acres (9,750 km2) and lies immediately west of the Iris Marin and Ibekelia license areas, and immediately north of the Corporation’s Etame Marin license, offshore Gabon.
Addax plans to commence exploration activities on the acreage with the spudding of the Ajomba North and Pompano North prospect wells during the first half of 2009, a company release said. Addax Petroleum holds a 5 1.33% interest in the Iris Marin license area and a 31.36% interest in the Etame Marin license area. The Gryphon Marin license area is in an exploration period ending in November 2009 and carries a commitment to drill two wells. Addax Petroleum has budgeted to drill the Ajomba North and Pompano North prospects in the Gryphon Marin license area in the first half of 2009.