Afren farm into Benin basin block

Afren has farmed into OPL 310 in the Benin basin, offshore western Nigeria.

Offshore staff

LONDON -- Afren has farmed into OPL 310 in the Benin basin, offshore western Nigeria. The company will hold a 40% legal interest, a 70% effective working interest, and technical operatorship of the license.

Work is under way to further assess the prospectivity of the block and define a forward drilling program. Afren and partner Optimum Petroleum have identified several prospects in the Cenonian, Turonian, and Albian sandstone reservoirs, with trapping configurations typically four-way dip closures over basement highs.

Of particular interest to Afren is the hydrocarbon potential that exists within the Upper Cretaceous (Cenonian and Turonian) horizons, which correspond to the proven hydrocarbon bearing zones at the company’s blocks CI-11 and CI-01 in Côte d’Ivoire and is equivalent to intervals of primary prospectivity at the company’s Keta block in Ghana.

11/04/2009

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