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Bulgaria: Park Place Energy signs agreement for the Vranino Block 1-11 in Bulgaria

08 Apr 2014

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Park Place Energy Corp has signed the License Agreement for the Vranino Block 1-11 with the Ministry of Economy and Energy on behalf of the Republic of Bulgaria on April 1, 2014. The Vranino exploration permit covers 98,205 acres (397.42 sq km) in northeast Bulgaria. The permit is for a term of 5 years with up to an additional 5 years in extensions possible. Upon demonstration of a commercial discovery, the permit can be converted to an exploitation license of up to 35 years in length.

The Company is preparing to submit a 5 year work program and a more detailed first year work program for government approval. This work program will include acquisition of 2D and 3D seismic as well as drilling 5 new wells (or the equivalent of 10,000 meters of new wellbore). The work program is designed to demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of exploiting the known coal resources as a potential natural gas development. The Company will use the latest technologies available, including horizontal drilling, to unlock the natural gas potential of this area.

Scott Larsen, President said, 'We are delighted with this development. The signing of the formal license agreement represents a significant milestone for Park Place.' Since resolving the permit dispute in mid-2013, the Company has been actively gathering and evaluating a large amount of technical data that was derived from the earlier exploration activities, which focused on the potential to mine coal from the extensive coal beds found at depths between approximately 4,000 to 7,000 feet (1200 to 2200 meters). The Company plans to continue the evaluation of existing data through this year to refine its future appraisal plans for natural gas production from the coal beds.'

Click here for details of the Vranino gas project

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