Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. opted to acquire a 35% interest in Block S-M-1166 held by Karoon Gas Australia Ltd. through the funding and participation in the Bilby-1 exploration well, in the Santos Basin off Brazil.
This will be the third exploration well the Pacific Rubiables has participated in the Karoon blocks, following the Kangaroo-1 and Emu-1 wells. Karoon announced Pacific Rubiales' participation in the Bilby-1 well and Pacific Rubiales said it will complete the minimum work commitments required to retain all five blocks (S-M-1037, -1101, -1102, -1165 and -1166).
Ronald Pantin, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Rubiales said, "Although we are in early exploration stages, we are pleased with the results to date and our partnership with Karoon. Our first well, Kangaroo-1, discovered oil in an Eocene structure and we are looking forward to following up with an appraisal well as soon as a suitable drilling rig can be sourced and mobilised to the Kangaroo-2 location."
On completion of the Bilby-1 well, Pacific Rubiales will acquire a 35% interest in the five Karoon blocks and be entitled to request the operatorship of the project. The transaction is conditional on approval from the Agencia Nacional do Petroleo (ANP), Brazil.