Vermilion to drill new exploration wells in central Europe

ZAGREB: Canada’s Vermilion Energy will drill its first two exploration wells in Croatia in June, a senior official from the company said on Monday.
Vermilion won four licence in 2015 for oil and gas exploration in Croatia’s flat northeastern areas and the drilling will take place on one of these.
“Although we see evidence of gas charge from the new seismic data we have acquired, we’ll not know for sure whether any of this is commercially producible until after these initial wells are completed,” Bryan Sralla, who heads the unit for central and eastern Europe, said.
He added that would probably be during mid to late July.
Croatia is currently running two new tenders for oil and gas exploration in the north and in the mountainous southern region. They are open until June and September, respectively.
Sralla said Vermilion was still considering whether to participate.
“Our team is evaluating the potential of all the Croatian licence on offer, but we have not yet made a decision whether we will bid on any,” he said.
“Our internal executive review is scheduled for late May. I’m hopeful our team will identify some potential,” he added.
In an interview with Reuters last week a senior official at Croatian energy firm INA said it planned to bid for several exploration blocks in the north, but was still considering options for the south. — Reuters