HNR moves ahead with Dussafu block development offshore Gabon

Harvest Natural Resources Inc., Houston, reported that it has signed a declaration of commerciality with the Gabonese government pertaining to Dussafu block offshore Gabon. Also, Gabon awarded an exclusive exploitation authorization (EEA) for the development and exploitation of oil discoveries on Dussafu block.

HNR spudded the Dussafu Tortue Marin-1 exploratory well on the Dussafu Marin PSC offshore Gabon in late 2012 (OGJ Online, Nov. 11, 2012).

The EEA provides for exploitation of the presalt oil discoveries on the Ruche (2011), Tortue (2013), Moubenga (1981), and Walt Whitman (1996) prospects, HNR said. These discoveries will be named, respectively, Ruche A, Ruche B, Ruche C, and Ruche D, and collectively will be called Ruche field. The area awarded by the EEA covers 850.5 sq km.

The proposed field development plan includes a single floating production, storage, and offloading vessel and subsea wells that will be tied back to the FPSO. HNR will submit the proposed FDP within the next 90 days for sanction by Gabon.

“The award of the EEA is a major milestone toward bringing the Dussafu block into production,” said HNR Pres. and Chief Executive Officer James A. Edmiston.

Harvest holds 66.667% interest in Dussafu block through its wholly owned Harvest Dussafu BV subsidiary, while Panoro Energy ASA holds 33.333% interest.

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