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Consortium Concludes Exit from Ghanaian Acreage

Azonto is the last of the three partners to exit the Offshore Accra Block in Ghana.

The Australian Junior announced, March 10, 2015, that it was leaving the asset. The decision, it says, will reduce Azonto’s annual operating costs by up to five hundred thousand dollars, “which is in line with our commitment to reduce G&A whilst focusing on the delivery of our development project in Côte d’Ivoire”, the company explains in a statement.

Having searched in vain for farm in partners after the others left, Azonto decided to cut its losses.

“Following the exit of other partners in March 2014 Azonto’s subsidiary Azonto Petroleum (Ghana) Limited, in which Vitol E&P Limited has a 43% interest, and the other remaining partner Afex Oil (Ghana) Limited (together the JV Partners), secured a six-month extension of the Licence to 23 September 2014 for the purpose of determining whether suitable operating partners could be found to proceed with into the next phase of Exploration under the Petroleum Agreement”.

The company claims it “undertook extensive technical work, including further detailed evaluation of the seismic data and remapping”,during the extension period. It also “set up a detailed Data Room which was visited by over ten companies.

“However, as a result of the currently challenging market conditions, a farmout agreement could not be finalised and the JV Partners have therefore elected not to seek a further extension to the Initial Exploration Period, nor to apply to enter into the First Extension Period under the Petroleum Agreement”

As a consequence, the JV Partners have formally advised the Ghana Ministry of Energy and Petroleum that all of the Contract Area is relinquished and that Azonto Petroleum (Ghana) Limited has withdrawn as temporary Operator in respect of the Licence.

There were no outstanding commitments under the work programme, which was completed in the period to 31 December 2013, and there is no cost to the Company associated with the relinquishment

Azonto announces that, as a result of a continued strategic review of its operations and prolonged discussions with the government of Ghana and potential partners with regard to ongoing participation in the offshore Accra Block, the Company has decided not to continue with its deepwater exploration acreage in the Offshore Accra Block, Ghana (“the Licence”).



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