Tullow Oil PLC (TLW) - Farm-in to Guinea Concession RNS Number : 5818R Tullow Oil PLC 20 November 2012 News Release Tullow Oil Agrees Farm-in to Guinea Concession 20 November 2012 - Hyperdynamics Corporation today issued the following press release: HOUSTON, November 20, 2012 - Hyperdynamics Corporation (NYSE: HDY) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, SCS Corporation Ltd, has entered into an agreement with Tullow Guinea Ltd., a subsidiary of Tullow Oil plc, for the sale of a 40% gross interest in Hyperdynamics' oil and gas exploration concession offshore Guinea and the transfer of operatorship to Tullow. Subject to the completion of due diligence, the sale is expected to close by year-end following the satisfaction of certain closing conditions and approval of the assignment by Guinea's Ministry of Mines and Geology. At closing, the interests of SCS, Tullow and Dana Petroleum E&P Limited in the concession will be 37%, 40% and 23%, respectively. The parties intend to commence drilling a well to test a deepwater fan prospect in the concession no later than April 1, 2014. According to the terms of the agreement, Tullow will reimburse SCS in respect of its past costs in the amount of $27 million cash at closing and will carry SCS' participating interests share of future expenses up to a gross expenditure cap of US$100 million, from the date of entry into the next exploration period until 90 days after the drilling of the well. Tullow will also carry SCS's share of costs associated with an appraisal well of the initial exploration well, if drilled, subject to an additional gross expenditure cap of $100 million. "We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Tullow," said Ray Leonard, Hyperdynamics President and Chief Executive Officer. "Tullow fulfills all the requirements we were looking for: expertise and exploration success in the Atlantic Margin off West Africa - particularly the Transform Margin play that is present on the Guinea acreage - along with experience in deepwater production, the financial strength needed to explore this large block and availability of a suitable rig to initiate the deepwater drilling. Our decision to choose Tullow was made in consultation with the Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology. "We believe this agreement with Tullow enhances the future of Hyperdynamics' Guinea exploration program and represents the best opportunity for us to realize maximum potential value for our shareholders as we explore the potential of this large and prospective petroleum basin," Leonard said. BofA Merrill Lynch, acting as financial advisor, assisted Hyperdynamics in connection with the sale. END FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tullow Oil plc Citigate Dewe Rogerson Murray Consultants (+44 20 3249 9000) (+44 207 638 9571) (+353 1 498 0300) Chris Perry (Investor Relations) Martin Jackson Joe Murray James Arnold (Investor Relations) Jack Rich Ed Micheau George Cazenove (Media Relations) Tullow Group Overview Tullow is a leading independent oil & gas, exploration and production group, quoted on the London, Irish and Ghanaian (symbol: TLW) stock exchanges and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. The Group has interests in over 100 exploration and production licences across 24 countries and focuses on four core areas: Africa, Europe, South Asia and South America. For further information please refer to our website at www.tullowoil.com. Follow Tullow on: Twitter: www.twitter.com/TullowOilplc YouTube: www.youtube.com/TullowOilplc Facebook: www.facebook.com/TullowOilplc LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/company/Tullow-Oil This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END MSCBKKDNBBDDNDB -0- Nov/20/2012 12:38 GMT
Tullow Oil PLC TLW Farm-in to Guinea Concession
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