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CALGARY, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Heritage Oil Limited (LSE: HOIL), an independent
upstream exploration and production company, announces a significant new
discovery with Warthog-1, the first exploration well that the Company has
drilled in Block 1, Uganda.
- The Warthog-1 discovery has a gross hydrocarbon-bearing interval of
approximately 150 metres, with 46 metres of net hydrocarbon pay
- An exciting start to the drilling campaign in Block 1 which reduces
significantly the exploration risk of the next two exploration wells
in Block 1
- The rig will now move to the drilling location for Buffalo-1
- Drilling operations at Buffalo-1 will commence mid-November
- Kingfisher-3 is currently drilling ahead at approximately
Warthog Discovery - Block 1, Uganda
Drilling operations on Warthog-1 commenced on 27 September 2008 and the
well was drilled to a total depth of 911 metres. The well encountered a gross
hydrocarbon-bearing interval of approximately 150 metres in thickness, with
net hydrocarbon pay of 46 metres. Wireline logging and formation pressure
measurements indicate 31 metres of net oil pay in the principal oil-bearing
reservoir section, overlain by 15 metres of additional net hydrocarbon pay
comprising, most probably, volatile oil, condensate and wet gas.
In addition to the oil discovered in the principal oil-bearing reservoir
section, there is further potential upside for liquid hydrocarbons in the
overlying reservoir section and elevates further upside potential from the
adjacent Warthog North prospect.
Warthog-1 is the first well in a three well exploration programme to be
drilled in Block 1. It lies on a structural trend that can be traced from the
Kasamene-1 discovery well, in neighbouring Block 2, continuing northeast
through the Giraffe and Buffalo prospects in Block 1. All these structures are
characterised by seismic amplitude anomalies at reservoir level that appear to
directly indicate the presence of hydrocarbons. The successful results of the
Warthog-1 discovery further emphasises the highly prospective nature of the
Buffalo and Giraffe prospects.
There are a further 15 similarly encouraging amplitude anomalies mapped
within Block 1 from over 600 kilometres of seismic data acquired in the
licence during the past 18 months, and all represent additional prospects and
leads which constitute additional multiple drilling targets.
The Warthog-1 well is being suspended as a potential future production
well. The rig will move to drill Buffalo-1 to an anticipated depth of
approximately 600 metres and is expected to commence drilling in mid-November.
The movement of the rig is expected to take up to 21 days.
Both the Buffalo and Giraffe prospects were assessed independently by RPS
Energy, as at 30 September 2007, to have mean gross un-risked prospective
resources of 420 and 89 million barrels of oil respectively.
Drilling Activity Update - Block 3A, Uganda
Kingfisher-3, which was spudded on 26 September, is currently drilling
ahead at 1,957 metres. It is planned to drill Kingfisher-3, and its sidetrack
Kingfisher-3A, to anticipated depths of approximately 3,270 metres and
2,860 metres respectively. These wells are expected to be completed in
February 2009. The wells are being drilled to evaluate the southern limits of
the field and to gather additional reservoir data in preparation for field
Upcoming Exploration Activity in Uganda
Block Prospect Interest Spud Date
Block 1 Buffalo 50% Q4 2008
Block 1 Giraffe 50% Q4 2008
Tony Buckingham, CEO, commented:
"Warthog is a significant discovery and maintains the 100% exploration
success rate in the Albert Basin, Uganda, during the last three years. This
discovery highlights the potential in Block 1 as we continue our high impact
multi-well exploration programme. The programme in Block 1 together with the
Kingfisher-3/3A appraisal wells in Block 3A, have the potential to transform
the Company, by achieving the commerciality threshold and allowing us to
proceed with the early development of the Albert Basin."
Heritage is the Operator of Block 3A and Block 1 in Uganda with a 50%
equity interest in the licences with Tullow Oil Plc holding the remaining 50%
Notes to Editors
- Heritage is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange
and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The trading symbol is
HOIL. Heritage has a further listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange
- Heritage is an independent upstream exploration and production
company engaged in the exploration for, and the development,
production and acquisition of, oil and gas in its core areas of
Africa, the Middle East and Russia.
- Heritage has producing properties in Oman and Russia and exploration
projects in Uganda, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, Malta, Pakistan, Tanzania and Mali.
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