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RNS Number : 6776M
Chariot Oil & Gas Ld
18 September 2019
 

 

18 September 2019

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

("Chariot", the "Company" or the "Group")

Competent Persons Report on Additional Prospects, Lixus Offshore Licence, Morocco

Total remaining recoverable resources upgraded to in excess of 2 Tcf of gas

 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (AIM: CHAR), the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas company, is pleased to announce the completion of an independent Competent Persons Report ("CPR") by Netherland Sewell & Associates Inc. ("NSAI") over the Additional Prospects in the Lixus Offshore Licence ("Lixus"), Morocco.

 

·    Material running room in five Additional Prospects offers further upside in excess of 1.2 Tcf audited 2U prospective resources.

 

·    These resources, in addition to the Anchois Discovery and the Anchois Satellite prospects, contribute towards an audited total remaining recoverable resource in excess of 2 Tcf (comprising 2C contingent resources and 2U prospective resources).

 

 

Field / Prospect

Unrisked Gross (100 percent)       Prospective Gas resources  (Bcf)

Probability of Geologic Success (Pg)

1U

2U

3U

Mean

Additional Prospects






Maquereau N

91

311

628

311

25%

Maquereau C

73

267

559

276

25%

Maquereau S

59

205

432

216

23%

Tombe

60

154

280

153

19%

Turbot

38

281

709

303

16%

 

Larry Bottomley, CEO commented:

"The independent evaluation of the Additional Prospects in the Lixus licence describes material running room over and above the discovered resource base and low risk exploration portfolio in the Anchois Discovery and the Anchois Satellite prospects.

The combination of the Anchois Discovery, the Anchois Satellite prospects and these five Additional  Prospects defines a strategically significant resource adjacent to a fast-growing energy market with high gas prices and a need for increased supply.

Following encouraging feedback from the partnering process, several interesting leads have been identified and these are currently being progressed by the Chariot team. We are pleased with the partnering process to date, which has received interest from a wide range of potential strategic partners across the energy value chain."

 

Further Information

Chariot, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Chariot Oil & Gas Holdings (Morocco) Limited, has a 75% interest and operatorship of Lixus, in partnership with the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines ("ONHYM") which holds a 25% carried interest.

The Lixus licence covers an area of approximately 2,390km2, 30km north of Chariot's Mohammedia and Kenitra licences, with water depths ranging from the coastline to 850m. The area has been subject to earlier exploration with legacy 3D seismic data covering approximately 1,425km2 and four exploration wells, including the Anchois gas discovery.

The Anchois-1 well was drilled in 2009 in 388m water depth some 40km from the coast and encountered an estimated net gas pay of 55m in two sands with average porosities ranging from 25% to 28%. An independent audit of this discovery by NSAI estimates a 2C contingent resource of 307Bcf. A deeper target not penetrated by the well has 2U prospective resources estimated by NSAI of 116Bcf, with the Anchois Discovery containing a total remaining recoverable resource of 423 Bcf.

The Anchois Discovery is in Tertiary-aged turbidite reservoirs that occur above a nappe emplaced during the Alpine orogeny and the pay sands have a characteristic and anomalous seismic signature. The Company has identified five Anchois Satellite prospects with similar seismic signatures to the Anchois Discovery that have tie-back potential, all of which have been audited by NSAI, who estimate that Anchois Discovery and the Anchois Satellites hold remaining recoverable resources in excess of 1 Tcf.

An additional five prospects have been identified in Lixus in similar geological settings as Anchois and these prospects have in excess of 1.2 Tcf of 2U prospective resources, as estimated by NSAI. Chariot is also evaluating new leads identified during technical review, with companies participating in the partnering process. These leads have the potential to add further prospects to the portfolio when technically matured.

The table below summarises the results of the CPR on Anchois, its satellite prospects and the additional prospects:

 

Field / Prospect

Unrisked Gross (100 percent)       Contingent Gas resources*  (Bcf)                     Prospective Gas resources  (Bcf)

Probability of Geologic Success (Pg)

1C*

2C*

3C*

Mean

1U

2U

3U

Mean

Anchois Discovery






Anchois A sand*

45

107

143

100

N/A

Anchois B sand*

111

201

290

201

N/A

Anchois Contingent Resource*

156

307

433

301

N/A

Anchois Deep (C sand)

56

116

172

115

N/A

Anchois                                      Remaining Recoverable Resource

212

423

605

416

N/A

Anchois Satellites






Anchois N

140

308

492

297

43%

Anchois W

45

89

134

86

35%

Anchois NW

10

29

51

28

34%

Anchois SW

42

101

165

98

28%

Anchois WSW

22

61

110

60

23%

Anchois  & Anchois Satellites                                    Remaining Recoverable Resource

470

1011

1556

985


Additional Prospects






Maquereau N

91

311

628

311

25%

Maquereau C

73

267

559

276

25%

Maquereau S

59

205

432

216

23%

Tombe

60

154

280

153

19%

Turbot

38

281

709

303

16%

Total Remaining Recoverable Resource

791

2229

4164

2244


 

The initial licence work programme commitment, for which the Company is fully funded, includes a technical programme of 3D seismic reprocessing which is underway and the evaluation of the additional exploration potential of Lixus. As part of this work programme commitment, Chariot commissioned a feasibility study which has demonstrated the technical viability of the development of the Anchois field. The excellent quality reservoirs in the Anchois Discovery offers the potential for high rate wells and the consequent possibility of a low-cost development.

In addition, a third-party analysis of the Moroccan gas market demonstrates growing demand for energy with attractive domestic gas prices which, in combination with excellent commercial contract terms, underpins a commercially attractive project. The Anchois Discovery offers the potential for a material, high-value project that is likely to be of strategic importance. The low risk prospect inventory offers running room with additional, low-cost tie-back opportunities.

Chariot is in a process to secure strategic partnerships and alliances to progress towards a development of the Anchois Discovery and the additional exploration potential. An Environmental Impact Assessment is underway to facilitate these appraisal and exploration operations.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

Qualified Person Review

This release has been reviewed by Duncan Wallace, Exploration Manager of Chariot, who is a petroleum geologist with over 15 years' experience in petroleum exploration, MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain. Mr Wallace has consented to the inclusion of the technical information in this release in the form and context in which it appears.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Larry Bottomley, CEO

 

 

 

+44 (0)20 7318 0450

finnCap (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Matt Goode, Christopher Raggett, Anthony Adams (Corporate Finance) Andrew Burdis (ECM)

 

+44 (0)20 7220 0500

Celicourt Communications (Financial PR)

Jimmy Lea

+44 (0)20 8434 2754

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

ABOUT CHARIOT

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited is an independent oil and gas company focused on the Atlantic margins. It holds exploration licences covering two blocks in Namibia, three blocks in Morocco and four blocks in the Barreirinhas Basin offshore Brazil.

The ordinary shares of Chariot Oil & Gas Limited are admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol 'CHAR' 

 


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