Embargoed for release: 08 May 2013 at 0700 Northern Petroleum Plc ("Northern" or "the Company" (AIM:NOP)) French Guiana GM-ES-4 Well Spudded Northern Petroleum Plc is pleased to announce that GM-ES-4, the third well of the current four well exploration programme in the Guyane Maritime Permit (French Guiana) has been spudded by Shell as Operator on 3rd May 2013. 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, holding 45 per cent), Total (25 per cent), Tullow Oil (27.5 per cent) and Wessex Exploration (also holding 1.25 per cent through owning the remaining 50 per cent interest in Northpet Investment Limited). Keith Bush, Chief Operating Officer of Northern stated: "This is a new, exciting opportunity for the joint venture to further establish the oil production potential in French Guiana. We look forward to the results of this well with great interest." In accordance with 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 Keith Bush, Chief Operating Officer Graham Heard, Exploration and Technical Director Westhouse Securities (Nomad and Broker) Tel: +44 (0)20 7601 6100 Richard Baty - Corporate Finance Ian Napier - Corporate Broking FTI Consulting Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 3113 Billy Clegg Bishopsgate Communications Tel: +44 (0)20 7562 3350 Nick Rome Note to Editors: Northern is a full cycle oil and gas company currently holding numerous 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 press releases, annual reports and interim reports are available from Northern's website www.northpet.com END -0- May/08/2013 06:00 GMT
NORTHERN PETROLEUM PLC: French Guiana GM-ES-4 Well Spudded
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