Sierra Leone

Three companies acquired exploration rights to four blocks in the Atlantic off Sierra Leone while three blocks were not awarded.Repsol YPF SA acquired blocks SL-6 and SL-7, while Oranto Petroleum Ltd. won Block 5 and 8 Investments Inc. took Block 4. Each block covers 4,000 sq km.Previous drilling occurred on shallow portions of blocks SL-4 and SL-6.The government is considering whether to hold a second licensing round in 2004 for the remaining blocks, said TGS-Nopec Geophysical Co., Houston, which helped coordinate the first round.Utah Double Eagle Petroleum Co., Casper, Wyo., and unidentified partners hold interests in more than 30,000 acres of leases and farmouts in the Table Top Unit ...

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