Africa Oil Announces Two Additional Oil Discoveries in Kenya
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/15/14 -- (TSX
VENTURE: AOI)(OMX: AOI) Africa Oil Corp. ("Africa Oil" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce that the Amosing-1 and Ewoi-1
exploration wells in Block 10BB, onshore Northern Kenya, have
resulted in the discovery of two new large oil fields. These two
wells continue the 100% success rate in the South Lokichar Basin with
seven out of seven discoveries to date.
Based on results of drilling, wireline logs and samples of reservoir
fluid, the Amosing-1 well has intersected potential net oil pay of
160 to 200 metres, significantly exceeding pre-drill expectations.
Amosing is located 7 kilometres southwest of the previously announced
Ngamia discovery along the western basin bounding fault trend
commonly referred to as the "string of pearls".
On the eastern side of the basin known as the rift flank play, the
Ewoi-1 well has encountered potential net pay of 20 to 80 metres and
has continued to de-risk the basin flank play opened up by the
Etuko-1 well in 2013 located 4 kilometres to the east.
Following completion of logging operations, the wells will be
suspended for future flow testing which will confirm the net pay
counts. These two rigs will mobilize to drill the Emong-1 prospect
(formerly called Ngamia West), and the Twiga South-2 appraisal well,
both located in Block 13T.
Africa Oil has a 50% interest in both discoveries with operator
Tullow Oil plc holding the remaining 50% interest.
The Etuko-1 well testing in Block 10BB is underway and is scheduled
to be completed later this month and the Ekales-1 well test should
commence shortly. Drilling continues on the El Kuran discovery in the
Somali region of Ethiopia and is expected to reach the new revised
total depth of 3,500 metres by the end of the first quarter. New
basin opening wells at Sala-1 in Block 9 in Kenya and the Shimela-1
well in the Chew Bahir Basin in South Omo Block in Ethiopia are
expected to spud in February and April, respectively. The partnership
has elected not to continue into the next exploration phase in Block
10A in Kenya and the previously planned test of the Paipai well has
been cancelled due to concerns over economic viability.
Keith Hill, Presi
dent and CEO of Africa Oil commented, "The continued
success of our exploration program in northern Kenya will allow us to
drive development plans forward with greater certainty. Given that we
have now had a 100% success rate on exploration prospects in the
basin, we expect to see more growth in resources and more discoveries
as our aggressive drilling program unfolds in 2014. In addition, the
several new analogous basin opening wells being drilled during this
program also have the potential to bring a step change in company
valuation upon success."
About Africa Oil
Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in
Kenya and Ethiopia as well as Puntland (Somalia) through its 45%
equity interest in Horn Petroleum Corporation. Africa Oil's East
African holdings are within a world-class exploration play fairway
with a total gross land package in this prolific region in excess of
250,000 square kilometers. The East African Rift Basin system is one
of the last of the great rift basins to be explored. Seven new
significant discoveries have been announced in the Northern Kenyan
basin in which the Company holds a 50% interest along with operator
Tullow Oil plc. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and
on First North at NASDAQ OMX-Stockholm under the symbol "AOI".
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ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Keith C. Hill, President and CEO
Africa Oil's Certified Advisor on NASDAQ OMX First North Stockholm is
Pareto Securities AB.
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Africa Oil Corp.
(604) 689-4250 (FAX)
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