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Monday 19 December, 2016

Canadian Ovrs Pet Ld

Liberia Well Reaches Final Total Depth

RNS Number : 1699S
Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd
19 December 2016
 

 

 

Mesurado-1 Well Reaches Final Total Depth

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Calgary, Canada, December 19, 2016 - Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited ("COPL" or the "Company") (XOP: TSX-V) & (COPL: LSE), an international oil and gas exploration and development company focused on offshore West Africa, announces the Mesurado-1 well operated by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Liberia Limited (the "Operator"), an affiliate of ExxonMobil, reached final total depth on December 17. Drilling operations commenced on the Mesurado-1 exploration well on November 21, 2016 utilizing the Drillship Seadrill West Saturn. The Mesurado-1 well is located about 50 miles offshore Liberia on Block LB-13, in approximately 2500 meters of water, which the Company's 100% owned subsidiary, Canadian Overseas Petroleum (Bermuda) Limited, holds a 17 percent interest.

 

The well, targeting oil in a sequence of Late Cretaceous Santonian aged sands, intersected 145 meters (475 feet) of net sand of which 118 meters (387 feet) was deemed to be reservoir quality. No hydrocarbons were indicated by the logging while drilling operations performed across the targeted intervals. As such the Operator has advised the Company that no further logging operations will be conducted and the well will be plugged and abandoned.

 

"We are naturally disappointed by the lack of hydrocarbons in the targeted reservoir sands in the Mersurado-1 well" commented Arthur Millholland CEO. "The targeted Santonian sand sequence and thickness intersected was in accordance with our seismic interpretation. The lack of hydrocarbons at this location where our seismic data presented attributes indicative of hydrocarbons will cause us to do additional work on the 3D seismic over the Block, and reevaluate the other leads we have mapped on LB-13."

 

In addition, Mr Millholland commented "The Company holds an attractive oil appraisal and development project offshore Nigeria on OPL 226. Appriasal drilling operations are planned to commence in late 2017. These operations will continue to add value to the company." 

 

 

About the Company:

The Company is an international oil and gas exploration and development company focused in offshore West Africa. The Company holds a 17% working interest in Block LB-13, offshore Liberia, with ExxonMobil the operator holding an 83% working interest. The Company is also actively pursuing opportunities in Nigeria in partnership with Shoreline Energy as part of its strategy to generate stable cash flow from secure offshore assets. The Company and Shoreline, through their jointly held affiliated company, Shoreline Canadian Overseas Petroleum Development Corporation ("ShoreCan") has acquired 80% of the share capital of Essar Exploration and Production Limited (Nigeria) which holds an attractive oil appraisal and development project in shallow to mid water offshore Nigeria on it's 100% holding in OPL 226. Drilling of the first appraisal well is planned to commence in late 2017. ShoreCan is currently waiting for final approval from the Government of Nigeria for the acquisition.

 

ShoreCan is building a portfolio of exploration and development assets in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, ShoreCan has taken a position in Nigeria. It continues to evaluate a variety of additional assets in Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea.

 

The Common Shares are listed under the symbol "XOP" on the TSXV and under the symbol "COPL" on the London Stock Exchange.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Mr. Arthur Millholland, President & CEO

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited 

Tel: + 1 (403) 262 5441

 

Cathy Hume

CHF Investor Relations

Tel: +1 (416) 868 1079 ext. 231

Email: [email protected]

 

Harriet Jackson/Dominic Barretto

Yellow Jersey PR Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 75 4427 5882

Email: [email protected]

 

Broker: London Stock Exchange

Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited

Edward Mansfield

Phone: T: +44 20 7408 4090


 

This news release contains forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "initial, "scheduled", "can", "will", "prior to", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "should", "forecast", "future", "continue", "may", "expect", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company, including, but not limited to, the ability to raise the necessary funding for operations, delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements since the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties most of which are beyond the control of Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. For example, the uncertainty of reserve estimates, the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, cost overruns, health and safety issues, political and environmental risks, commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations, changes in legislation affecting the oil and gas industry could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information.   Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Canadian Overseas Petroleum undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

 

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 


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