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OMV with its first offshore oil discovery in Libya

April 21, 2009 - 12:00 am (CET)

  • Successful exploration well in the offshore Sirte Basin
  • A natural flow rate of up to 1,264 bbl/d was achieved during the test
  • OMV strengthens its position in the North Africa core region

OMV Aktiengesellschaft, the leading energy group in the European growth belt, announces the discovery and successful testing of oil in the A1-NC202 exploration well in Block NC202. The well is located in the offshore Sirte Basin, 40 km southwest of Benghazi. The well reached a total depth of 15,815 ft (4,820m) and tested a natural flow rate of up to 1,264 bbl/d from the Eocene Dernah Formation. This is OMV’s first oil discovery in offshore Libya.

Kurt Wagner, OMV General Manager in Libya stated: ”I am very pleased with this new discovery – OMV’s first offshore discovery in Libya."

Block NC202 forms part of a package of exploration blocks including the neighbouring offshore block NC201, NC199 (Cyrenaica), NC200 (Murzuq Basin), NC203 and NC204 (Kufra Basin) which were awarded to Repsol and OMV in June 2003. OMV holds a 14% interest in this package. The other partners are the National Oil Corporation of Libya (65%) and Repsol which acts as operator and holds the remaining 21%.

Balanced international E&P portfolio
OMV holds a balanced international E&P portfolio in 19 countries structured around six core regions, namely CEE, North Africa, Northwestern Europe, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand and Russia/Caspian Region. OMV's daily production volume is approximately 317,000 boe/d, and the Company's proven reserves at the end of 2008 were approximately 1.21 bn boe.

Notes to editors:

OMV in Libya
OMV made a major step in Libya in 1985, when it acquired 25% of Occidental Petroleum’s producing assets. Since then OMV has considerably expanded its operations by entering into an agreement in 1994 with the Libyan Oil Corporation (NOC), Repsol YPF (Spain) and Total (France) for the development and production of the giant Sharara field which produces around 200,000 bbl/d. In 1997, NC186 and NC187 were acquired, followed by NC190 in 1999. In 2003, OMV and Repsol were awarded Exploration Package 1 encompassing 6 blocks with a total size of approx. 70,000 km². In 2008, OMV signed an agreement with NOC revising and extending several of its existing petroleum contracts to 2032 which includes major re-developments and exploration programs in the prolific Sirte and Murzuq Basin. OMV’s production in Libya amounted to 33,900 bbl/d in 2008.

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
With Group sales of EUR 25.54 bn and a workforce of 41,282 employees in 2008, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. As the leading energy group in the European growth belt, OMV is active in Refining and Marketing (R&M) in 13 countries. In Exploration and Production (E&P) OMV is active in 19 countries on four continents. In Gas & Power (G&P) OMV sells approximately 13 bcm gas per year. Via Baumgarten, one of the most important turntables for gas in Europe, approximately 66 bcm gas is transported annually. OMV’s Central European Gas Hub is amongst the three largest hubs in Continental Europe.

OMV is the leading energy group in the European growth belt with oil and gas reserves of approximately. 1.2 bn boe, daily production of around 317,000 boe and an annual refining capacity of approximately. 26 mn t. OMV now has 2,528 filling stations in 13 countries. The market share of the group in the R&M business segment in the Danube Region is now 20%.

OMV further strengthened its leading position in the European growth belt through the acquisition of 41.58% of Petrol Ofisi, Turkey’s leading company in the retail and commercial business.

In June 2006, OMV has established the OMV Future Energy Fund, a wholly owned subsidiary to support projects in renewable energy with more than EUR 100 mn to initiate the change from a pure oil and gas group to an energy group with renewable energy in its portfolio.

OMV: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
OMV is a member of the U.N. Global Compact and actively committed to the values enshrined in its Code of Conduct. These include a strong sense of responsibility towards the social and natural environment in economically weak regions. OMV works hard to address economic, environmental and social issues related to its operations. Its CSR activities are fully documented in biannual performance reports compiled according to Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

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