Africa Energy Closes Farmouts on Block 2B Offshore South Africa
VANCOUVER, BC, April 20, 2021 /CNW/ - Africa Energy Corp. (TSXV: AFE) (Nasdaq First North: AEC) ("Africa Energy" or the "Company"), an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, has received governmental approval and closed the previously announced farmout transactions on Block 2B offshore South Africa. The Company has transferred operatorship and an aggregate 62.5% participating interest in the Exploration Right for Block 2B in consideration for a carry through the next exploration well, Gazania-1, which is expected to spud by the end of 2021. Africa Energy retains a 27.5% participating interest in Block 2B. View PDF version.
Garrett Soden, Africa Energy's President and CEO, commented, "We are excited to partner with Azinam and Panoro on Block 2B to drill the Gazania-1 exploration well this year. Block 2B has the A-J1 oil discovery from 1988 in shallow water close to shore with significant contingent and prospective resources. Gazania will target a relatively low-risk rift basin oil play up-dip from the discovery. IHS Markit recently highlighted Gazania as one of the top high-impact wells expected to be drilled globally in 2021. We have already started the rig contracting process, and we look forward to proving up more resource offshore South Africa."
Africa Energy has farmed-out a 50% participating interest and transferred operatorship in Block 2B to Azinam Limited ("Azinam"). In consideration for the assignment of this interest, Azinam paid Africa Energy US$0.8 million at close, which includes reimbursement of costs incurred prior to completion. In addition, Azinam will pay a disproportionate amount of the Gazania-1 exploration well and other joint venture costs. To support this obligation, Azinam paid a second US$1.5 million deposit to Africa Energy at close and is required to place additional funds in escrow prior to signing a rig contract. Azinam is a private Southern Africa-focused oil and gas exploration company supported by Seapulse Ltd., a vehicle backed by Robert Friedland and Seacrest.
At the same time, Africa Energy has also farmed-out a 12.5% participating interest in Block 2B to Panoro Energy ASA ("Panoro"). In consideration for the assignment of this interest, subject to Azinam placing the required funds in escrow as noted above, Panoro will pay a disproportionate amount of the Gazania-1 exploration well costs. Panoro is an Africa-focused independent oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Block 2B is located in the Orange Basin and covers 3,062 square kilometers off the west coast of South Africa 300 kilometers north of Cape Town with water depths ranging from 50 to 200 meters. Oil was discovered and tested by Soekor in the A-J1 borehole drilled in 1988. Thick reservoir sandstones were intersected between 2,985 meters and 3,350 meters. The well was tested and flowed 191 barrels of oil per day of 36 degree API oil from a 10 meter sandstone interval at about 3,250 meters. Significant prospectivity has been identified over the entire A-J graben area using 686 square kilometers of 3D seismic data from 2013. Crown Energy AB indirectly holds the remaining 10% participating interest of Block 2B.
About Africa Energy Corp.
Africa Energy Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia. The Company is listed in Toronto on TSX Venture Exchange (ticker "AFE") and in Stockholm on Nasdaq First North Growth Market (ticker "AEC"). Africa Energy is part of the Lundin Group of Companies.
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