Petrel Applies to Participate in 4th Oil Licensing Round

Petrel Resources has announced its preliminary results for the year ended 31st December 2010:

Highlights:

  • The Subba and Luhais oil field development contract in Iraq is virtually completed.
  • Petrel has received all US$7 million due from the sale of the Company’s shareholding in Subba and Luhais. Petrel maintains a 10% profit interest.
  • Petrel has applied to participate in the 4th Oil Licencing Round in Iraq.
  • The Company await parliament approval on the Tano 2A licence block in Ghana where Petrel holds a 30% interest.
  • Reprocessing of over 760 kilometres of seismic lines on Tano 2A has identified a number of promising areas.
  • Petrel has submitted applications for blocks in the Porcupine Basin area offshore Ireland.
  • The company has over US$6 million in cash.

John Teeling, Chairman, commented:

Waiting is frustrating for shareholders, management and employees. We are waiting for necessary approvals in Ghana on the Tano 2A block. We are waiting for a hydrocarbon law in Iraq to clarify our position on the Western Desert block 6. We are an applicant in the current licencing round in Iraq, but that too will take time. We have gone back to our 1980s origins by using our extensive Irish offshore database to apply for blocks in the new licencing round. We are well funded and ready to move once necessary approvals are obtained.

Statement Accompanying the Preliminary Results:

Petrel has been in existence for almost 30 years. This will undoubtedly come as a surprise to many shareholders who know only of our Iraqi activities. It was set up in 1982 to explore for oil offshore Ireland – but that venture failed. Following an abortive and expensive incursion into US oil and gas, the company value was virtually written off. David Horgan, currently the Managing Director, bought the shell in the mid 1990s and financed it, initially for African exploration in Namibia and Uganda. Then an opportunity opened in 1999 to go into Iraq, which was and is the best hydrocarbon province in the world. We exited Africa.

In Iraq we worked with the Ministry of Oil under the Saddam regime. Since 2003 operating in Iraq has become more difficult, complicated and dangerous. In the last eight years Iraqi oil development has languished with production levels only now getting back to pre-war levels. There is no clear set of rules, there is no new Hydrocarbon Law. We had an early success getting access to a 10,000 sq km block in the Western Desert and a very substantial success in 2005 with the award of the Subba and Luhais US$197 million (Engineering Procurement and Supervision of Construction) development contract to a Petrel/Makman partnership. But repeated changes in rules and personnel made it difficult to operate. Nevertheless we obtained two further Technical Cooperation Agreements in Iraq, to produce evaluators of both the Merjan and Dhurfiya fields. The world’s supermajors have rushed in and accepted service contracts on sub-economic terms.

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