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Trillion announces farm-in for oil exploration blocks in Turkey

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The company has announced it has entered into a farm-in agreement with Derkim Poliüretan Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. to earn a 50% working & revenue interest in three oil exploration blocks comprised of 151 484 ha (374 325 acres) within the newly defined Cudi-Gabar petroleum province, Southeastern Turkey. To earn the 50% the Company must acquire 351 km of 2D seismic in 2023 and drill 4 wells in 2024.

The Cudi-Gabar province is central to an active petroleum system extending up from Iraq and Syria, where Turkiye’s portion contains several major oil fields including Sehit Esma Cevik, discovered in 2022 and Sehit Aybuke Yalcin, discovered in 2023.

The Eastern Block (BlockM47C3, C4) is approximately 15 km by 30 km in size and is approximately 12 km from the newly discovered Sehit Aybuke Yalcin Oil Field at Mount Gabar, which contains a reported 1 billion bbl Original Oil in Place (OOIP) based on a discovery well which encountered a 162 m thick reservoir with 41 API gravity oil. The Sehit Aybuke Yalcin Oil Field currently produces 10 000 bopd which has been targeted to rise to 100 000 bopd. The Eastern Block is also 11 km from the Sehit Esma Cevik Oil Field, which contains a reported 250 million bbl OOIP. The Sehit Esma Cevik Oil Field discovery was announced in December 2022 at which time 5 wells were producing 5350 bopd and has been reported in May 2023 to be producing about 10 000 bopd.

Blocks M46C,D (the ‘Western Blocks’) farm-in are a combined area of approximately 30 km by 60 km and located approximately 30 km west of the Eastern Block. The northern boundary of the Western Blocks is approximately 5 km distance from the Raman Oil Field discovered in 1940 and which contains a reported initial 615 million bbl of OOIP3. The West Raman Oil field discovered in 1961 initially contained a reported 1.85 billion bblof OOIP with peak production of 13 000 bopd. Additionally, there are numerous other oil fields surrounding these two blocks.

No economic discoveries have yet been made on the oil blocks pursuant to the farm-in by Trillion and there is no guarantee that any oil discovery will be made.

Trillion’s farm-in obligations (Sole Exploration Phase – 100% cost) are 351 km of 2D seismic followed by drilling four oil exploration wells. The Sole Exploration Phase is expected to cost Trillion about US$16 Million. The Joint Exploration Phase will have six additional exploration wells drilled, but Trillion only pays 50% of the cost.

Arthur Halleran CEO of Trillion stated: “The oil field trend is expected to run through the northeast half of the Eastern Block which has yet to be explored. We are excited about the exploration opportunities considering recent discoveries made in the province proximate to the Eastern Block. Wells drilled to date in the southwest of our targeted area have good to very good oil staining and asphalt in the rocks. This indicates a working petroleum system on the Eastern Block where oil has been generated and migrated within the system. There are 5 different Mesozoic reservoirs and 2 different Paleozoic reservoirs that have over 15 oil fields of note in surrounding blocks. This indicates oil generation which has migrated in vast amounts and as such, our exploration focus will be looking for traps. When you are surrounded by large, discovered oil fields, you know you are in elephant hunting grounds.”

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