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Cobalt Inks Deal to Expand Anchor Unit in Gulf of Mexico

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Oil explorer Cobalt International Energy, Inc. recently announced plans to expand its Anchor prospect in Gulf of Mexico’s Green Canyon area. The chief operator of Anchor is Chevron Corporation (CVX - Free Report) , with a 55% stake. While Cobalt owns a 20% interest, Samsun Offshore Anchor, LLC and Venari Resources hold 12.5% stakes each.

Cobalt has inked a deal with the co-owners of the Anchor unit to include two of its leases – Green Canyon blocks 850 and 851 – to the south of the existing Anchor unit. The transfer of interests in the two leases is subject to customary regulatory approval. Following the approval, Cobalt will retain its 20% stake in the revised Anchor unit.

Cobalt owns a 100% working interest in two leases on the south flank of Anchor. The Anchor reservoir extends to these two blocks and the reservoir simulation test results reflect that additional wells on these two leases are likely to optimize the development plan and enhance oil discovery from the Anchor unit. The increased exploration potential will also boost Cobalt’s chances to divest the unit at an attractive price.

In March, the Houston-based company was warned by NYSE after its share price dipped below $1 over the last 30 days and thereby violated the listing rules. Since then, Cobalt has been contemplating on turnaround strategies including divestment of its non-core assets to fund significant projects, or merging with other companies for future growth and development opportunities along with selling off the entire company. The company finally regained NYSE compliance on Jul 5, following reverse stock split which boosted its share price.

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Cobalt is an independent oil-focused exploration and production company with a robust world-class portfolio in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore West Africa. The company's prospects are all oil focused. Cobalt, which belongs to the Zacks categorized Oil and Gas - United States - Exploration and Production industry, presently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. Price


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