Increase to 1.4 Tcf in total remaining recoverable resources (2C plus 2U) at the Anchois Project
Range of targets de-risked in a basin-scale exploration portfolio with multi TCF potential
Chariot Limited (AIM: CHAR), the African focused transitional energy company, is pleased to announce the results of Independent Assessments on its gas resources offshore Morocco, incorporating the results of the recent successfully drilled Anchois-2 appraisal and exploration well. The Independent Assessments have been made by Netherland Sewell & Associates Inc. (‘NSAI’) on the Anchois gas fieldand further selected exploration prospects in the Lixus Offshore licence (‘Lixus’) and the adjacent Rissana Offshore licence (‘Rissana’) with material resource upgrades reported across the portfolio.
These resource upgrades underpin:
· the Company’s decision to fast-track its field development plans;
· the associated exploration programmes to deliver further growth from the portfolio; and
· Chariot’s focus on developing a significant energy resource, prioritising the growing demand within Morocco’s domestic market, and potentially supplying surplus gas to Europe.
Anchois Gas Field:
• 82% increase in 1C contingent resources from 201 Bcf to 365 Bcf
• 76% increase in 2C contingent resources from 361 Bcf to 637 Bcf
• 49% increase in 2U prospective resources to 754 Bcf in three undrilled targets with an improvement in the probability of geological success, now ranging from 49 to 61 %
• Total remaining recoverable resource at Anchois (2C plus 2U) now stands at 1.4 Tcf
Additional Lixus Prospects:
• Updated assessments on two key undrilled prospects (Maquereau, and Anchois West) with improvements in both prospective resource potential and probability of geological success and the newly identified Anguille prospect, which are all part of the same tertiary gas play as the Anchois gas field
• Combined, 2U prospective resources of 838 Bcf with an estimated probability of geological success ranging from 30-52%, with closely related additional targets in the areas surrounding the prospects
• The total remaining recoverable resources (2C plus 2U, comprising audited and internal Chariot estimates) in the entire Lixus portfolio stands at approximately 4.6 Tcf
• Early assessment of the areas covered by 3D seismic, provides a total 2U prospective resource of over 7 Tcf, combining a high-graded prospect ‘Emissole’ within the lower risk Anchois tertiary gas play and multi Tcf prospects in a higher-risk Mesozoic play, inherited from Chariot’s legacy Mohammedia Offshore licence area.
Duncan Wallace, Technical Director of Chariot Limited, commented:
“This independent assessment report confirms that following the drilling of Anchois-2, we have a growing resource base from which we can fast track our gas development towards material cashflows and provide gas to meet Morocco’s growing energy demand.
These resource upgrades across our Moroccan portfolio are a significant step forward. As well as confirming the increased scale of our discovery at Anchois, this independent assessment has also corroborated the multi Tcf opportunity that sits within the basin in our Moroccan licences and served to de-risk a number of high potential future targets in Lixus.
We remain fully focused on bringing Anchois into production as quickly as possible and are working hard across all aspects of the development plan required to reach FID. We are committed to realising the value of this gas field as well as continuing to prove up the significant scope of our wider resource base from the Moroccan portfolio.”
Investor Presentation at the Annual General Meeting
Management will provide a detailed overview of this resource upgrade at the AGM, which will be held on 8 September 2022.
Chariot, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Chariot Oil & Gas Holdings (Morocco) Limited, has a 75% interest and operatorship of Lixus, in partnership with the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (“ONHYM”) which holds a 25% interest.
The Lixus licence covers an area of approximately 1,794km2, with water depths ranging from the coastline to 850m. The area has been subject to earlier exploration with legacy 3D seismic data covering approximately 1,425km2 on-block and four exploration wells, including the Anchois-1 gas discovery which was drilled in 2009. In Q1 2022, Chariot announced that it had successfully drilled an appraisal and exploration well, Anchois-2 which encountered approximately 150m of net gas pay and confirmed excellent quality gas.
To fast track the development of the Anchois gas field Chariot recently awarded the Front-End Engineering and Design Contract to a consortium of world leading developers of offshore gas projects with Societe Generale appointed to lead the debt financing.
In Q1 2022 Chariot also announced the signing of the Rissana Offshore Licence, which surrounds the Lixus acreage, capturing further prospectivity around the significant Anchois gas discovery and higher risk higher-reward Mesozoic prospects originally identified on its legacy Mohammedia Offshore Licence Area.
Updated independent assessment for Lixus Offshore licence based on Anchois-2 drilling results
Qualified Person Review
This release has been reviewed by Duncan Wallace, Technical Director of Chariot, who is a petroleum geologist with over 20 years’ experience in petroleum exploration, MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain. Mr Wallace has consented to the inclusion of the technical information in this release in the form and context in which it appears.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014, as retained in the UK pursuant to S3 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
Adonis Pouroulis, Acting CEO
Julian Maurice-Williams, CFO
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