VIENNA, April 3 OMV is joining U.S.
firm Murphy Oil in an exploration project in Namibia,
the Austrian oil and gas group said on Thursday, marking its
third entry into a sub-Saharan market in six months.
OMV said it and Murphy Luderitz Oil Co. Ltd had agreed to
buy a 65 percent interest in two offshore exploration blocks
from Brazil's Cowan Petroleum, with OMV taking 25 percent while
joint venture operator Murphy would take 40 percent.
Reuters had reported a deal was in the works on March 6.
"Offshore Namibia offers great exploration potential as it
is largely unexplored, yet has all the elements of an effective
hydrocarbon system," OMV's head of exploration and production,
Jaap Huijskes, said in a statement.
OMV has large assets in the Black Sea and North Sea to
balance. It acquired interests in Madagascar and Gabon in 2013.
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; editing by Jason Neely)