Falkland Islands based company, Argos Resources Ltd. said it has received notification from Noble Energy, the operator of license PL001 in which Argos holds a 5% overriding royalty interest, that it is exercising its rights to declare Force Majeure on the well.
Falklands focused Argos Resources Limited confirmed the completion by its wholly owned subsidiary, Argos Exploration Limited of a farm out agreement with Noble Energy Falklands Limited and Edison International S.p.A in respect of its Licence PL001.
Three oil explorers drilling in the Falkland Islands, including Houston based Noble Energy have shelved plans to drill a second well in the south and east Falklands following the steep drop in oil prices, one of the partners said on Monday. Partners, which also include London-listed Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL) and Edison International, said they would continue drilling in other parts of the region.
Noble Energy announced Monday that it has acquired additional acres offshore the Falkland Islands and plans to start drilling, despite opposition from Argentina’s government. The Houston-based oil company now holds a 75% interest in a license in the North Falkland Basin from Argos Resources Limited, an oil and gas exploration company based in the Falkland Islands.
Building continues at a steady rate in the Falkland Islands with 15 applications approved for construction in the capital Stanley, including permission for an 80 bedroom employees hotel for oil exploration technical staff, according to the latest Planning and Building Committee meeting.
Falkland Islands Argos Resources Ltd posted Friday a narrowed pre-tax loss for the first half, saying it is more confident on the outlook for its farm-out efforts following the recent contracting of the Eirik Raude deep water rig by Noble Energy Inc and Premier Oil PLC.
The Falkland Islands Government welcomed the announcement on Thursday morning that a drilling rig has been contracted by a consortium of licensees for a new six-well program of offshore exploration and appraisal work commencing in early 2015.
Falkland Islands Argos Resources oil and exploration company have said that they are extremely well placed to participate in the next round of exploration drilling in the Falklands and they are continuing to consider various ways to finance drilling.
Four London AIM listed oil companies carrying out exploration work in Falkland Islands waters have been barred from operating in Argentina. The measure affects Borders & Southern Petroleum, Desire Petroleum, Argos Resources and Falkland Oil and Gas.
Argos Resources the only Falklands explorer to not drill a well has had the most successful year of them all in share price terms. Results of interpretation of 3D seismic data are encouraging with a number of prospects identified and the company is looking for industry partners to take exploration drilling forward. Year to date share price performance: up 107.92% at 24.95p.