ERHC Energy Contracts Bell Geospace for Airborne Gravity Gradiometry (FTG)
Survey of Kenya Block 11A
The Survey is a Significant Component of Geoscience Studies That Will Guide
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ERHC Energy Inc.
(OTCBB:ERHE), a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in
Sub-Saharan Africa, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, ERHC
Energy Kenya Ltd., has contracted Bell Geospace to acquire an airborne Full
Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) survey of Block 11A in northwestern Kenya.
The selection of Bell Geospace follows a competitive bidding process.
The FTG survey is an airborne survey that aids significantly in the structural
mapping of prospective hydrocarbon basins. Using a converted DC-3 aircraft,
Bell Geospace will fly a dense grid of flight lines to measure small changes
in gravity caused by changes in density of subsurface rocks. This survey
method has been used successfully in Africa and contributed to recent oil
discoveries in Uganda and Kenya.
"Bell Geospace has impressed us with their expertise and experience, and we
are excited to be moving forward with this airborne gravity gradiometry
survey, a crucial element of ERHC's oil and gas exploration work program in
Kenya," said Dr. Peter Thuo, general manager of ERHC Energy Kenya Limited.
"When combined with other existing geologic data, this FTG survey will be used
to further assess the geological structure of the area, which helps us to
identify potential leads and prospects."
Subject to certain contingencies and governmental approvals, the survey is
expected to be flown through this summer according to a pre-determined
timeline. The information gathered will enable ERHC to focus on the most
promising areas for acquisition of 2D seismic data, which is the next step in
the work program for the Kenya Block. The combined results of the FTG and
seismic work will then determine the nature and location of any drilling in
Block 11A is in the vicinity of blocks operated by one of the most prolific
oil and gas explorers in Africa. The proximity and in-trend relationship of
the Lotikipi plain – the main surface feature of Block 11A – with those blocks
as well as the Abu Gabra Rift basins of southern Sudan, which are established
petroleum provinces, suggest a high prospectivity for hydrocarbons.
In addition to Kenya Block 11A, ERHC's oil and gas exploration interests
extend across the African continent, including the Republic of Chad, the São
Tomé and Príncipe Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Nigeria-São Tomé and
Príncipe Joint Development Zone (JDZ).
About ERHC Energy
ERHC Energy Inc. is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company focused on
growth through high impact exploration in Africa and the development of
undeveloped and marginal oil and gas fields. ERHC Energy Kenya Limited is a
wholly owned subsidiary of ERHC and oversees ERHC's operational activities
regarding Block 11A. ERHC is committed to creating and delivering significant
value for its stockholders, investors and employees, and to sustainable and
profitable growth through risk balanced smart exploration, cost efficient
development and high margin production. For more information, visit
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