Chariot Oil & Gas Limited has been awarded a 75% interest and operatorship of the Mohammedia Reconnaissance Licence offshore Morocco in partnership with the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (“ONHYM”) which holds a 25% carried interest.
This licence area is adjacent to the Company’s Loukos and Rabat Deep licences and sits in the near shore. It covers an area of approximately 4,600km2 with water depths less than 500m. The award remains subject to final approval from the relevant authorities.
As detailed in November 2013, following the reprocessing and interpretation of extensive legacy 2D data on the Loukos licence, Chariot identified a significant Mio-Pliocene lead. This lead extends into Mohammedia and as a result the Company decided to relinquish those parts of the Loukos licence that it believed did not encompass this prospectivity and to request the award of the Mohammedia Reconnaissance Licence. In addition to the extension of the Mio-Pliocene lead from Loukos, Chariot has also identified a possible extension of the Jurassic shelf edge play from the Rabat Deep area into Mohammedia, which will be investigated further through seismic data acquisition. This will ensure that Chariot and ONHYM are able to capture all of the potential identified within this region and maximise the Company’s information and understanding of its Moroccan portfolio.
The Company has contracted Dolphin Geophysical AS to carry out a single 3D seismic programme of approximately 1,700 km2 across all three of its Moroccan licence areas using the Sanco Swift vessel, due to commence early April 2014. Instead of shooting two separate campaigns across the regions of interest, as previously announced, the survey will comprise ~1,075km2 in Rabat Deep, ~250km2 in Loukos Offshore and ~375km2 in Mohammedia Reconnaissance. The objective of the combined survey is to mature drillable prospects in the Mio-Pliocene and Jurassic plays.
In carrying out this 3D seismic acquisition the Company will have completed all of its commitments in each of its Moroccan licences during their current periods of exploration, including that of the Mohammedia Reconnaissance Licence. This means that, once the 3D programme is complete, the Company will be able to enter into a full exploration permit with ONHYM for the Mohammedia area.
Following governmental approval of the Mohammedia Reconnaissance Licence award and the Company’s application to enter into the First Renewal Phase in Loukos (as detailed in November 2013), Chariot will hold ~1,155km2 in the Loukos licence, with its total offshore Morocco acreage standing at just over 16,500km2.
Larry Bottomley, CEO commented:
“We would like to thank ONHYM and the Ministry for their cooperation in securing this licence. Our 3D seismic campaign will provide valuable information for further developing the potential in our Moroccan acreage, which, in the long term, will allow us to mature targets for drilling with a partner.”
Press Release, March 18, 2014