Cyprus looking for gas licensees for Block 7 (Updated)

The energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis announced after the Cabinet meeting Cyprus invite energy companies to express interest in another offshore field inside the island’s exclusive economic zone.

The cabinet decided to invite energy companies licensed to explore offshore Cyprus to express interest in block seven. The invitation concerns companies with concessions bordering the block – six, eight, 10, 11.

He said the government chose this option instead of another licensing round because “there are particular geological reasons related to the Calypso discovery.”

Lakkotrypis said companies have a month to submit their interest.

The Calypso field is located in block six where Italy’s ENI carried out an exploratory drill early this year and is believed to hold between six and eight trillion cubic feet.

CEO Claudio Descalzi said back in February this year that an appraisal well would have to be drilled to understand the real volumes of the recent discovery at Calypso 1.

Asked whether it is believed to hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet, Descalzi said: “It could be more or in that range… for sure it cannot be less but we have to understand it … It’s a good find that has merit to go ahead with additional investment.”

An analysis of data following a collection of fluids and rock samples revealed that Calypso “is a promising gas discovery and confirms the extension of the ‘Zohr-like’ play” into the Cypriot EEZ, ENI said in a company statement.

Zohr, a supergiant gas field discovered by ENI in 2015 in adjacent Egyptian waters, holds an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of resources in place.

Source: Cyprus Mail