Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Capitalization Of Exploratory Well Costs

Capitalization Of Exploratory Well Costs
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Capitalization Of Exploratory Well Costs [Abstract]  
Capitalization Of Exploratory Well Costs


ASC Topic 932—Extractive Industries provides that an exploratory well shall be capitalized as part of the entity's uncompleted wells pending the determination of whether the well has found proved reserves. Further, an exploration well that discovers oil and gas reserves, but those reserves cannot be classified as proved when drilling is completed, shall be capitalized if the well has found a sufficient quantity of reserves to justify its completion as a producing well and the entity is making sufficient progress assessing the reserves and the economic and operating viability of the project. If either condition is not met, the exploration well would be assumed to be impaired and its costs would be charged to expense.

In the second and third quarters of 2010, the Company drilled the Southeast Etame No. 1 well with two sidetracks in the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon. The well discovered a five meter sand of oil. Additional evaluation of the well and sidetrack information was conducted to facilitate options for developing the discovery. During 2011 and continuing into 2012, the Company and its joint venture partners continue to evaluate the merits of two development options which will lead to a single recommendation for the Company and the venture partners to approve. One option involves a sub-sea well to develop the Southeast Etame discovery only, whereas the second option envisions a platform development to access both the Southeast Etame area as well as the North Tchibala field, where a discovery was made on the block prior to VAALCO's block participation. The Company believes a decision on the development plan for the Southeast Etame area will be made in 2012. The Company has capitalized $8.0 million for this well in accordance with the criteria contained in ASC Topic 932.