The Blocks 42 and 45 cover a total area of nearly three million gross acres, in water depths of between 650ft and 8,500ft.

Neither of the blocks has previously been drilled and Kosmos will operate these blocks with a 100% working interest.

Under each of the two contracts, the company intends to acquire 3D seismic data in the initial exploration phase.

First drilling is expected to begin as early as 2014, and the addition of the acreage is the company’s first acreage acquisition outside of West Africa.