Somaliland: Government Establishes Oilfield Protection Unit and Extends Sterling Contract

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Somalilandsun -The Government of the Republic of Somaliland has decided to establish a trained and equipped Oilfield Protection Unit (“OPU”) that can provide the level of security required by the in-country operators so that future seismic and drilling operations can be conducted safely.
FXCM – Progress has been made on establishing the OPU, and it is expected to be operational by year end.

See below for details :
2 Year Extension for the Odewayne PSC (Republic of Somaliland)
Company Sterling Energy PLC

TIDM SEY
Headline 2 Year Extension for the Odewayne PSC
Released 07:00 29-May-2014
Number 2921I07

RNS Number : 2921I
Sterling Energy PLC
29 May 2014
2 Year Extension for the Odewayne PSC (Republic of Somaliland)
Sterling Energy Plc, the AIM listed oil & gas exploration company (AIM: SEY), is pleased to announce that the Government of the Republic of Somaliland has granted a 2 year extension to the current work period of the Odewayne Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”), and the dates of each subsequent work period have been adjusted accordingly.
The Government of the Republic of Somaliland has decided to establish a trained and equipped Oilfield Protection Unit (“OPU”) that can provide the level of security required by the in-country operators so that future seismic and drilling operations can be conducted safely. Progress has been made on establishing the OPU, and it is expected to be operational by year end; the amendment to the PSC reflects the delay incurred while the OPU is being established.

The PSC covers block SL6 and part of blocks SL7 and SL10, onshore Somaliland, comprising an area of 22,840 square kilometres. The PSC, awarded in 2005, is in the Third Period which will now expire on 2 November 2016 with an outstanding minimum work obligation of acquiring 500 km of 2D seismic. The minimum work obligation during the Fourth Period of the PSC (now expiring May 2018) is for the acquisition of 1,000 km of 2D seismic and drilling one exploration well.

Sterling holds a 40% interest in the PSC and will be carried by Genel (50% interest and operator) for the costs of all exploration activities during the Third Period and the Fourth Period of the PSC.

Sterling Energy Plc.’s Chairman, Alastair Beardsall, said:
“We are pleased with the progress in creating the Oilfield Protection Unit and look forward to commencing seismic operations in the Odewayne area as soon as possible. We thank the Government of the Republic of Somaliland for granting the 2 year extension to allow for the necessary preparations to be made for the future conduct of operations in a safe and secure manner.”

More information may be found on the Company’s website at www.sterlingenergyplc.com .
Further information:
Sterling Energy Plc. Tel: +44 20 7405 4133
Alastair Beardsall (Chairman)
Phil Frank (Exploration Director)
Liberum Capital Limited Tel: +44 20 3100 2000
Clayton Bush
Tim Graham
Peel Hunt LLP Tel: +44 20 7418 8900
Andy Crossley
Richard Crichton
This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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