14/07/2014 - 09:48

Woodside to farm-in on Tanzania project

14/07/2014 - 09:48

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Beach Energy has accepted Woodside Petroleum's offer to acquire a 70 per cent interest in the Lake Tanganyika basin in Tanzania.

Woodside to farm-in on Tanzania project
Woodside chief executive officer Peter Coleman.

Beach Energy has accepted Woodside Petroleum's offer to acquire a 70 per cent interest in the Lake Tanganyika basin in Tanzania.

The proposed work includes seismic studies, with an option for future drilling and operatorship.

Under the agreement, Woodside has agreed to reimburse its share of back costs, fund seismic operations over the next 12 months and contribute to Beach's share of costs involved with an initial exploration well.

Woodside chief executive officer Peter Coleman said the farm-in to Beach Energy's South Block provided an opportunity to secure a large acreage footprint in an exciting and underexplored oil prone frontier basin.

“Securing this highly prospective acreage represents another step forward in building Woodside’s global exploration portfolio,” he said.

Beach will remain operator throughout the next stage of seismic operations, with Woodside having the option to become operator at a later date.

"Bringing a world class operator into this area such as Woodside will not only ensure Beach is carried to the next phase of exploration, but will also define initial drilling prospects as a result of the further seismic work that will be undertaken," Beach managing director Reg Nelson said.

Less than two weeks ago Woodside signed an agreement with London-based Chariot Oil & Gas to farm-in to the Doukkala basin off the coast of Morocco, further expanding its offshore growth. 

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