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Scirocco Energy PLC (SCIR)


Wednesday 18 August, 2021

Scirocco Energy PLC

Extension of Ruvuma Licence

RNS Number : 0338J
Scirocco Energy PLC
18 August 2021

18 August 2021

Scirocco Energy plc

("Scirocco Energy" of "the Company")

Extension of Ruvuma Licence

Scirocco Energy (AIM: SCIR), the AIM investing company targeting attractive assets within the European sustainable energy and circular economy markets, is pleased to report the Ruvuma joint venture has received an extension to its licence under the Ruvuma PSA from the Ministry of Energy of Tanzania.  Scirocco holds a 25% working interest in the Ruvuma Licence.


The operator, ARA Petroleum Tanzania Limited ("APT") secured the extension, which is valid for two years from 15 August 2021, and allows for the completion of the following:


• Acquisition of 200 square kilometres (surface coverage) of 3D seismic data

• Drilling of the Chikumbi-1 well

• Conclusion of negotiations of the Gas Terms for the Ruvuma PSA.


As announced by the Company on 1 July, tendering for the acquisition of 3D seismic has been completed and APT awaits approval from the Tanzanian authorities for the issue of the seismic acquisition contract. It is still expected that acquisition will commence in the third quarter of 2021. Drilling of the Chikumbi-1 exploration and appraisal well is expected to commence early in the third quarter of 2022.


As also previously announced, following technical work by APT earlier this year, their revised mapping and internal management estimates suggest a mean risked gas in place ("GIIP") for the Ntorya accumulation of 3,024 Bcf, in multiple lobes to be tested and a mean risked recoverable gas resource of 1,990 Bcf, which will be appraised by the planned seismic and drilling programme.


Commenting on the update, Tom Reynolds, CEO of Scirocco, said:


"This is a very positive update for the Ruvuma JV partners as the licence extension adds significantly more clarity to the project going forward.  It also reflects the quality of the Operator and its status in country which is critical for the future success of the project.  Most importantly for Scirocco, it provides clarity of licence tenure to potential acquirers within our ongoing discussions regarding the sale of Scirocco's   interest in Ruvuma.  With a clear licence position, work programme and associated timeline, we are able to present a well-defined pathway to development to prospective purchasers.  We look forward to progressing those discussions and providing updates to the market as appropriate."


For further information:

Scirocco Energy plc

Tom Reynolds, CEO

Doug Rycroft, COO

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000


Strand Hanson Limited, Nominated Adviser

James Spinney / Ritchie Balmer / Rory Murphy


+44 (0) 20 7409 3494



WH Ireland Limited, Broker

Harry Ansell / Katy Mitchell  


+44 (0) 207 220 1666



Buchanan, Financial PR

Ben Romney / Jon Krinks / James Husband



+44 (0) 20 7466 5000



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