This year’s seismic survey, which covers ten prospective areas over both blocks, includes up to 1,700 kms of 2D seismic.

The company said the seismic program is laid out in eight phases without any interruption between the phases and some phases show interdependencies.

The seismic acquisition is expected to start next month and the company has already commenced preparation and mobilization.

Manas Petroleum is carrying out the survey in order to improve the quality of existing data and increase the chances of success of exploratory wells it plans to drill upon completion and interpretation of the new data.

The company is expected to commence drilling operations at the first well in the second quarter of 2012.

Manas Petroleum, through its wholly-owned subsidiary DWM Petroleum, owns record title to 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Gobi Energy, though 26% is held in trust for others.