Embargoed for release: 0700 on 21 December 2012 Northern Petroleum Plc ("Northern" or "the Company") French Guiana - Guyane Maritime Permit Operational Update Northern Petroleum Plc (AIM: NOP) provides the following update on its fully funded four well drilling programme that has been committed to after the 2011 exploration success in the new oil province of French Guiana. The Zaedyus oil discovery well, GM-ES-1, encountered 72 metres of net oil pay in two turbidite sand systems successfully proving that the Jubilee play is mirrored across the Atlantic from West Africa. The joint venture led by Shell decided to extend the exploration activities through committing to and funding a four well drilling programme and contracted the Stena IceMAX dynamically positioned drillship. The recently completed GM-ES-2 was the first exploration well in this current programme and the drillship will be moved onto the GM-ES-3 location to drill the second well in the four well exploration programme. As previously reported the GM-ES-3 well, will target the Priodontes turbidite fan exploration prospect, which is also within the larger main Cingulata fan system that also contains the Zaedyus discovery fan. The well will be targeting several Cretaceous aged reservoir intervals. The objective of the well is to explore for significant oil volumes in the fan, help determine the Cingulata sub surface model, possibly determine an oil water contact, assess the reservoir potential in the north-western part of the larger Cingulata fan system and better understand the potential of the entire block. GM-ES-3 is forecast to take approximately three to four months and operational performance should benefit from the learning experiences of the first two successfully completed wells. Northern through holding 50 per cent. of Northpet Investments Limited, owns a net 1.25 per cent interest in the offshore exploration licence `Guyane Maritime'. Northern is in partnership with Shell (Operator, 45%), Total (25%), Tullow Oil (27.5%), and Wessex Exploration (also a 1.25 per cent holder through owning the remaining 50 per cent interest in Northpet Investments Limited). Derek Musgrove, Managing Director of Northern stated: "The four well exploration programme has been designed to look at the big picture of this licence which covers an enormous area, equivalent to approximately 100 UK North Sea blocks. Following a very successful first well, we and our senior partners committed significant resources to follow up the discovery. The programme is intended to provide sufficient understanding of all aspects of the reservoir, oil generation, migration and entrapment to establish and provide the necessary information to unlock the massive potential of this exciting new oil province. The focus is on this wider and greater objective rather than individual prospect appraisal, hence the minimum four well programme. I look forward to updating shareholders on progress." In accordance with the AIM Rules - Guidance for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies, the information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and signed off by the Exploration and Technical Director of Northern, Mr. Graham Heard CGeol. FGS, who has over 35 years experience as a petroleum geologist. He has compiled, read and approved the technical disclosure in this regulatory announcement. The technical disclosure in this announcement complies with the SPE/WPC standard. For further information please contact: Northern Petroleum Plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7469 2900 Derek Musgrove, Managing Director Graham Heard, Exploration and Technical Director Westhouse Securities (Nomad and Broker) Tel: +44 (0)20 7601 6100 Richard Baty / Petre Norton - Corporate Finance Ian Napier - Corporate Broking FTI Consulting Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 3113 Billy Clegg / Victoria Huxster Bishopsgate Communications Tel: +44(0)20 7562 3350 Nick Rome Notes to Editors: Northern is a full cycle oil and gas company currently holding over 40 licences in a number of low risk areas and is continuing with its strategy of adding and securing value for shareholders as it engages with projects at all stages of the E&P value chain. Comprehensive information on Northern and its oil and gas operations, including all press releases, annual reports and interim reports are available from Northern's website at www.northpet.com. END -0- Dec/21/2012 07:00 GMT
NORTHERN PETROLEUM PLC: Operational Update
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