ATP Expects to Spud First Well at Shimshon Prospect Off Israel in 2nd Q 2012
ATP Oil & Gas Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary ATP East Med B.V.have acquired the Shimshon, Daniel East and Daniel West licenses in offshore Israel and the Israeli government has approved these licenses. Based on the acquired licenses, ATP through ATP East Med anticipates spending between $3 and $5 million in 2011 in offshore Israel for acquisition costs, seismic and preliminary exploration plans.
ATP East Med, as operator of the licenses, has assumed the drilling contract with Transocean Drilling Israel Ltd. for the Sedco Express drilling unit at the Shimshon location where it anticipates initial drilling during the second quarter 2012. ATP expects to spend between $24 and $29 million during 2012 related to the initial exploratory well on the Shimshon license for its 40% working interest.
ATP notes that Isramco Negev, its partner in Shimshon, on March 6, 2011 reported that it received an independent reservoir engineering evaluation from Lockwood & Associates estimating gross potential natural gas reserves at Shimshon. According to Isramco Negev, “Lockwood & Associates considers the calculated assessment of the total geological and geophysical exploration probability of success of 20 percent to be reasonable. Lockwood said its high estimate was for 3.4 TCF, the low estimate was 1.5 TCF and its best estimate was 2.3 TCF.”
Additional information on the Daniel East and Daniel West licenses will be provided as drilling and exploration plans are approved. ATP East Med is also party to two other licenses in offshore Israel which are awaiting approval by the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructures.
About ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (ATP) is engaged in the development and production of oil and natural gas in the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea. ATP established itself as a deepwater operator in the Gulf of Mexico Garden Banks area with the subsea Ladybug wells in 2000. With its proven abilities in the utilization of subsea technologies, ATP is aggressively expanding its development activities internationally into the historically productive region of the North Sea and into the Mediterranean Sea. The company trades publicly as ATPG on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
Source: ATP, June 13, 2011