CEPSA will operate the block in exchange for certain considerations, while ERHC will retain 35% interest.
The companies said they will proceed with a previously announced 2D seismic survey of at least 1,000 line-km of Block 11A. The survey, conducted by BGP Kenya Ltd., is expected to commence this spring.
The block, which was awarded to ERHC last year, encompasses 11,950 sq km and is situated on the border of South Sudan to the north, Block 11B and Lake Turkana to the east, and near Kenya’s border with Uganda to the west.
It was reported last May that an undisclosed international integrated oil and gas company had signed a letter of intent to take a farmout the block (OGJ Online, May 6, 2013).
ERHC also holds interests in the Republic of Chad, the Sao Tome and Principe Exclusive Economic Zone, and the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Zone.