Eco Begins a Public Hearing Process Ahead of Drilling Planning of the PEL 30 Osprey Prospect, Offshore Namibia
June 28, 2018
Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. (AIM: ECO, TSX-V: EOG), the oil and gas exploration company with licences in highly prospective regions in South America and Africa, announces the dates for public meetings to discuss the Environmental Clearance Certificate (“ECC”) application required for the grant of a drilling permit for an exploration well within its Osprey Prospect on its Offshore “Cooper” Block (PEL30) in the Walvis Oil Basin in Namibia.
Eco has published invitations in the Namibian press for public meetings to taking place on 18 July 2018 at 3.00pm (GMT+2) at the Hilton Hotel in Central Windhoek and on 20 July 2018 at 3.00pm (GMT+2) at the Protea Hotel by Marriot in Walvis Bay. During the course of these public hearing sessions, interested and affected parties will be invited to submit their comments, inputs and objections for the proposed well operation on Osprey Prospect. This is the final stage in the drilling permit application process required for the commencement of the drill programme for which planning is expected to start later this year.
Colin Kinley, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Eco Atlantic, commented:
“As operator on the PEL30 licence, Eco believes, along with its partners, that working to the highest environmental and ethical standards is of the upmost importance. These public hearing meetings are essential to our progress and we look forward to presenting our exploration plans to the local community.
“Offshore oil exploration and production has been greatly supported by the Namibian Government, with the Mines and Energy Minister, Hon. Tom Alweendo, recently highlighting, at the Africa E&P Summit held in London on 23-24 May 2018, the importance of a sustainable oil industry to attract international investment while also addressing the country’s energy needs.
“Going into these public meetings, we are encouraged by the high-level activity within the Walvis Basin and the increased derisking of the region through detailed and competent exploration, we are confident that we can successfully proceed to next stage of delivering our first wildcat well on this Block together with our partners NAMCOR, Tullow and AziNam.”
As announced on 2 November 2017, Eco filed for an EEC drilling permit on the Cooper Block to further explore the Osprey Prospect. It has since appointed Risk-Based Solutions CC (“RBS”) as environmental consultants to undertake the Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) and Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”) to support Eco’s ECC Application. Furthermore, RBS has also been further instructed to obtain all the other pre-drilling, drilling and post-drilling consents, endorsements, permits, authorisations and certification for drilling operation. All of these prerequisites to obtaining the ECC have successfully been completed and the conclusions of these reports will be presented in a presentation, followed by a Q&A session, at the stated two public meeting sessions.
Osprey is an 882* Million Barrel (BOE) Aptian/Albian source fed Oil target within a sand filled channel fan system, in the Cretaceous sequence, within the mature oil window located in approximately 300 meters of water. * NI51-101 Compliant Gustavson Associates (Gross Prospective – Best)