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Guyana grants new oil prospecting licences
Published on February 15, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government of Guyana has issued two new petroleum prospecting licences, one to CGX Resources Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CGX and one to ON Energy Inc., a 62% owned subsidiary of CGX, both effective as of February 12, 2013, and renewable after four years for up to ten years, a release from CGX stated.

The new Demerara petroleum agreement (Demerara PA) and petroleum prospecting licence (Demerara PPL) applies to the former offshore portion of the Annex PPL, covering 3,975 square kilometers, which was a subset of the company’s original Corentyne petroleum agreement. Under the terms of the new Demerara PA, and during the initial period of four years, CGX has an obligation to conduct a 3D seismic survey comprising a minimum of 1,000 square kilometers and to drill one exploration well, according to the release.

The new Berbice petroleum agreement (Berbice PA) and petroleum prospecting licence (Berbice PPL) applies to the former Berbice licence comprising 1,566 square km and the former onshore portion of the company’s original Corentyne petroleum agreement comprising 1,729 square km for a total onshore acreage of 3,295 square km. Under the terms of the new Berbice PA and during the initial period of four years, ON Energy has an obligation to conduct an airborne survey comprising a minimum of 1,000 square km and either conduct a 2D seismic survey comprising a minimum of 100 square km or drill one exploration well.

Kerry Sully, president and CEO, stated, “CGX has identified leads on the Demerara PA that will require 3D seismic to enhance to prospect status. The licence straddles a portion of the current continental shelf and is up dip from a 3D seismic program recently shot by Exxon and Shell in the adjoining Stabroek PA. On the Berbice PA, the main exploration targets are stratigraphic traps similar to the Tambaredjo and Calcutta heavy-oil fields onshore Suriname. Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V. estimates original oil-in-place of more than a billion barrels in these fields, with remaining proved reserves at the end of 2011 of 77 million barrels after 30 years of production.”

Professor Suresh Narine, executive chairman of CGX stated, “The issuance of the new Demerara PPL and Berbice PPL by the government of Guyana to CGX is a further endorsement of the important role CGX plays in a realisation of the petroleum potential of the Guyana-Suriname basin. On behalf of our shareholders, management, staff and board, I would like to thank the government and people of Guyana for their continued confidence in CGX, the company that has been the most active explorer in Guyana over the last 15 years. Our acreage position in the basin on the Corentyne PA issued in November 2012 and these new licences position CGX with a diversity of exciting prospects which means we will be aggressively engaged in the basin for some time to come.”

CGX is a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration company focused on the exploration of oil in the Guyana-Suriname Basin, an area in which the United States Geological Survey estimated a P-mean oil resource potential of 13.6 billion barrels in their Assessment of Undiscovered Conventional Oil and Gas Resources of South America and the Caribbean, 2012.

The company is managed by a team of experienced oil and gas and finance professionals from Guyana, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
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