HOUSTON, Oct. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ERHC Energy Chad, a subsidiary of ERHC Energy Inc. (OTCBB:ERHE), a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in Sub-Saharan Africa today announced that preliminary findings from an airborne gravity/magnetic survey of BDS 2008 in Southern Chad strongly confirm the viability of leads in two focus areas identified by ERHC's technical team after careful analysis of previously collected data. ERHC's sub-contractor, Bridgeporth Ltd., a specialist geosciences company, has completed the survey that began earlier this month.
The aerial survey, flown over 4,720 line kilometers, evaluated the hydrocarbon potential within ERHC's Block BDS 2008 in the area north of Esso's Tega and Maku discoveries in the Doseo basin and a second area situated east of and on trend with OPIC's Benoy-1 margin discovery in the Doba basin. Bridgeporth employed a three-sensor aircraft equipped with a GT-2A airborne gravity system for gravity recording and a G-822 Mobile Cesium Magnetometer for aeromagnetic recording. The aircraft was flown at an altitude of 150 meters.
"Bridgeporth conducted a precise data acquisition, and the first-order leveled raw free-air gravity and magnetic anomaly maps strongly confirm the viability of the leads," said ERHC's Senior Geoscientist Michael Shafie. "The findings are very impressive. While final processing and interpretation is currently going on, our team is already discussing proposals for the requisite follow-on seismic survey."
ERHC is pursuing a rift margin play in BDS 2008 similar to exploration strategies that led to recent major discoveries in East Africa. ERHC's focus areas in the Block are located on a rift margin along the Central African Shear Zone. Regional stratigraphic mapping indicates the presence of alluvial fan deltas and lacustrine deltas in ERHC's areas of interest, which provide both reservoir and seal rocks.
The Company has 100 percent of the interest in BDS 2008. To spread risk, ERHC management continues to discuss the possibilities of a farm-in into Block BDS 2008 with potential partners.
In addition to its oil and gas exploration interests in the Republic of Chad, ERHC holds interests in the Republic of Kenya, the Sao Tome and Principe Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Zone (JDZ). Last month, ERHC announced it is proceeding with Exploration Phase 2 in Kenya Block 11A, committing to either acquire 3D seismic or proceed directly to drilling one exploration well during the next two years.
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ERHC Energy Inc. is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company focused on growth through high impact exploration in Africa and the development of undeveloped and marginal oil and gas fields. ERHC is committed to creating and delivering significant value for its stockholders, investors and employees, and to sustainable and profitable growth through risk balanced smart exploration, cost efficient development and high margin production. For more information, visit www.erhc.com.
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