ASHLAND GETS TWO BLOCKS OFF NIGERIA

An Ashland Oil Inc. unit has signed a production sharing contract with Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) covering two blocks off Nigeria. Ashland Nigeria Exploration Unlimited's contract involves contiguous Blocks OPL 90 and OPL 225 covering about 600,000 acres in 250-600 ft of water 25 miles off Brass River oil terminal. Ashland will conduct a 5 year exploration campaign that includes seismic surveys and a multiwell drilling program. Seismic data acquisition is to start late this

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