TANGIERS PETROLEUM LIMITED: 3D seismic data confirms Tarfaya potential
4 February 2013
TANGIERS PETROLEUM LIMITED
3D seismic data confirms 750mmbl potential of Tarfaya well
Tangiers will hold a 25% interest in what could be a company-making
well in shallow water off the Moroccan coast
Tangiers Petroleum (ASX: TPT) is pleased to advise that a detailed 3D seismic
program has highlighted the significant upside for the Company at its Tarfaya
offshore block in Morocco.
The seismic data, which Tangiers has just finished processing, confirms the
Trident prospect and secondary objectives at Assaka and TMA potentially
contain best estimate prospective resources of 750 million barrels of
recoverable oil (100% basis) with a geological chance of success of 23 per
cent, according to Tangiers.
Under the farm-out agreement struck between Tangiers and Portuguese major Galp
Energia in December last year, Tangiers will retain a 25 per cent interest in
the Tarfaya offshore block.
Subject to approvals from the Moroccan Government for the transaction, Galp
will spend US$41 million, including reimbursing Tangiers US$7.5 million for
costs it has incurred. Galp will also fund an exploration well to target
Trident and secondary objectives Assaka and TMA. This is to be drilled before
mid-2014. The mean potential reserves for the Trident prospect and geological
chance of success are in line with the estimate provided by Galp in their
farm-in press release, last December. On completion of the farm-in approvals,
the Tarfaya block will be 50 per cent held by Galp as operator, with DVM
(Tangiers) and ONHYM each holding 25 per cent.
Tarfaya Offshore Block
The Tarfaya offshore block is located in an area where a hydrocarbon system
associated with Jurassic carbonates has already been proven by the Cap Juby
discovery in the 1960s.
This fairway is rapidly gaining recognition for its potential to host
world-class oil discoveries and several independent petroleum companies have
recently acquired significant interests in the region, including the London
Stock Exchange-listed Cairn Energy and Genel Energy.
Cairn and Genel are partners in the Cap Juby oil discovery to the west of
Tarfaya. Genel estimates that Cap Juby has the potential to deliver 250
million barrels. Genel has stated that an appraisal/exploration well is
planned for 2014 as part of the plan to realise Cap Juby's potential.
Genel also has 60 per cent of another nearby block in the region known as Sidi
Moussa, where it is targeting a resource of more than 850 million barrels of
oil equivalent. The first exploration well is scheduled for the first half of
next year. In addition to this, Genel has a 75 per cent stake in the adjacent
Mir Left block, another Jurassic Carbonate play. The first well there is
planned for 2014.
As well as its stake in Cap Juby, Cairn has a 50 per cent interest in the Foum
Draa Blocks in the area.
Based on published work programs, up to four exploration wells are expected to
target the Jurassic Carbonate fairway in this area over the next 12 to 18
3D Seismic Data
The seismic data comparison below shows one of the lines from the new 3D
seismic data set and one of the older (2004) 2D seismic lines from the same
location. The new 3D data shows much better definition and continuity of the
seismic horizon that defines the Trident structure.
With the better definition of the Trident structure provided by the 3D data,
Tangiers has re-evaluated the geological chance of success of the well and
upgraded it from the previously advised 14% (as independently assessed by
Netherland, Sewell and Associates in 2011) to 23%.
"The growing interest shown in this area by several well-regarded companies,
combined with our own assessments of the geology, highlights the substantial
potential of the Tarfaya block," Tangiers Executive Chairman Eve Howell said.
"The Trident prospect alone is a potential company-maker and we
have already identified several other Jurassic prospects in the block. With
Galp carrying the cost of the first well, Tangiers has a significant exposure
to this upside while also being free to pursue our strategy of acquiring other
growth assets in Africa".
Detailed below are the estimated Prospective Resources for the
Tarfaya Project. The attributable resources are for Tangiers' current 75%
interest, i.e. before completion of the farm-in by Galp Energia.
All figures in Gross (100%) unrisked Tangiers Net Attributable
millions Interest (unrisked)
Project Low Best/ High Low Best/ High
Trident, TMA & 140 757 4,210 75% 105 568 3,158
La Dam Prospects 17 110 749 75% 12 82 562
Total 156 867 4,959 75% 117 650 3,720
A copy of the fully formatted version of the announcement,
including the diagrams is available on the Company's website at
The information in this announcement was produced by Mrs Margaret
Hildick-Pytte who is the Director of Exploration for Tangiers and Mr Brent
Villemarette who is an Executive Director of Tangiers. Mrs Hildick-Pytte holds
a BSc and MSc in Geology and is undertaking an MSc in Petroleum Engineering.
She is a member of SPE, AAPG, the SPWLA and PESA; and is a Fellow of the
London Geological Society. Mr Villemarette is a petroleum engineer with over
30 years of experience and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Mrs Hildick-Pytte and Mr Villemarette have reviewed this announcement and
consent to its release.
Terminology and standards adopted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers
("SPE") "Petroleum Resources Management System" have been applied in producing
Under these standards:
"Prospective Resources" are those quantities of oil or gas which are
estimated, on a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered
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Tangiers Petroleum Limited
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