Côte d’Ivoire prospects growing for African Petroleum

Seismic_ship_APAfrican Petroleum has been carrying out seismic surveys on two blocks off the coast of Côte d’Ivoire. (Image source: African Petroleum)Prospector Pte (BGP Marine) has been contacted by African Petroleum as part of the West African-focused oil and gas exploration company’s attempts to acquire seismic surveys on two blocks offshore Côte d’Ivoire

Work on a 3D survey over block CI-513 started in late April 2012 and is due for completion by the end of May 2012, while the next survey over block CI-509 has been scheduled for August.

African Petroleum, who acquired both permits in early 2012 in partnership with state-owned Petroci, has plans to target deepwater Upper Cretaceous submarine fans that it has said could have similar high-impact potential to discoveries off neighbouring Sierra Leone and Ghana.

In the same region, the company has a 60 per cent operating interest in blocks A1 and A4 offshore Gambia, covering a total area of 2,668 sq km.

African Petroleum, which has said it hopes to be in a position to start drilling the two blocks during the fourth quarter of 2012, has been interpreting processed 3D seismic data across both blocks and has so far identified more than 30 exploration prospects and leads to date including five different play types.

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