Manas Petroleum, headquartered in Switzerland, is to acquire 300 km of 2D seismic on blocks 13 and 14 in Mongolia. The survey contractor is a Chinese data acquisition company DQE International, a subsidiary of CNPC Daqing Petroleum, which has been in operation since the 1970s and has a total of 16 seismic crews, 76 drilling crews, 60 well logging crews, and 10 cementing crews. The group has operated various projects in China and also internationally in Venezuela, Sudan, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran, and Mongolia.
Manas owns 84% of the rights to blocks 13 and 14, 10% of which is held in trust for a Mongolian oil and gas company, subject to regulatory approval and negotiation. The two blocks cover an aggregate of over 20,000 km2 of land located on Mongolia’s southern border. The production contracts provide for a five-year exploration period (with two optional six month extensions allowed) from an effective date of April 21, 2009, and a 20-year exploitation period (with two five year extensions allowed). The remaining 16% interest in blocks 13 and 14 is held by two investor groups.
For the upcoming survey Manas has agreed to a turn-key rate of $3500/km, with no stand-by fees, for an aggregate total of $1,050,000, payable according to a specific schedule. Manas is required to provide a bank guarantee over the outstanding amount, which is to be reduced according to the same schedule.Manas Petroleum is an international oil and gas company with primary focus on exploration and development in south-eastern Europe, central Asia, and Mongolia. In Albania, Manas participates in a 1.7 million acre exploration project through its equity interest in Petromanas Energy, a Canadian public company. In Kyrgyzstan, Manas has signed a $54 million farm-out agreement with Santos International Holdings, a subsidiary of Australia’s third largest oil and gas company. In addition to the development of its Kyrgyzstan project, Santos is developing the company’s neighbouring Tajikistan license under an option farm out agreement.
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