Otto takes Maersk Venturer drillship for Hawkeye-1 drilling

Otto takes Maersk Venturer for Hawkeye-1 drillingOtto Energy Ltd has executed a binding contract with Maersk Drilling to secure the Maersk Venturer ultra-deep water drillship for the Hawkeye-1 exploration well offshore the Philippines. 

The Gross Prospective Resource Best Estimate for the Hawkeye Prospect is 112mmbo (74mmbo net to Otto). Otto says that success at Hawkeye will unlock a significant new hydrocarbon play in the deep water Southern Palawan region with material follow up potential already mapped on 3D seismic.

The window for start of mobilisation to the Hawkeye-1 drilling location will be between July 17 and August 15, 2015. Key services and equipment will continue to be mobilised and secured by Otto in the period leading up to this date.

According to the company, the well is expected to take around 23 days to drill from rig arrival until release. The majority of services have been contracted and total expected cost remains within guidance of $30 to $35 million (dryhole well cost estimate).

“Should the well encounter hydrocarbons, more detailed evaluation, including well logging, will be undertaken and which would increase the overall cost by around US$2-3 million. Otto is fully funded for such a circumstance,” Otto said.

As a result of the $24.5 million committed by BHP Billiton and the farm-down to Red Emperor Resources NL, Otto will be free-carried for the drilling of Hawkeye-1 whilst retaining a 78.18% working interest.

Further, Otto has received an expression of interest from the Philippine National Oil Company – Exploration Company to farm-in for a 15% interest and the parties are currently awaiting required approvals from the Office of the President in order to close this transaction.

Matthew Allen, Otto’s CEO said: “Final preparations for the drilling of the Hawkeye-1 exploration well are considerably advanced. This is a very exciting time for Otto as we undertake this important and potentially high impact, drilling event on behalf of the Philippines Department of Energy and our joint venture partners. With a significant free carried interest, Hawkeye-1’s success would be transformational for Otto.”

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