Solo Oil PLC (LON:SOLO) is seeking clarification following an announcement by its joint operating partner, AMINEX PLC (LON:AEX) over a decision to fast track parts of a work programme at the Ruvuma project in Tanzania.
AIM-listed Solo, which holds a 25% stake in Ruvuma, said it “had not been made aware of, or consulted on” a decision by AMINEX, announced on Wednesday, to fast track its exploration programme due to an improved business environment in the country.
A US$40mln work programme for 2020 has been submitted to the Tanzanian government and includes the drilling of the Chikumbi-1 well and the acquisition of extensive 3D and 2D seismic surveys over the Mtwara licence.
Aminex is fully carried for the cost of the work through its farm-out with Omani group Zubair’s ARA subsidiary, where it expects to receive an advance payment of US$3mln shortly.
Solo said notification and consultation was a requirement under its joint operating agreement with AMINEX, and as a result, it will “seek to further understand in short order the background to its actions”.