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  • FAR Ltd: Guinea-Bissau Update
    édité le 28/08/2017 - Plus de news de "FAR Limited" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "FAR Limited"

FAR Ltd: Guinea-Bissau Update
FAR Limited has received official confirmation that the increase in equity and amendments to the Guinea-Bissau licences announced on 4 April 2017, have been approved by Government Decree.

These changes to Licence terms are consistent with FAR’s strategy to focus on the shelf edge areas of the Sinapa and Esperanca Licences which display a similar geological setting to offshore Senegal and FAR’s enormous SNE field discovery.

In early April, negotiations concluded with the National Oil Company of Guinea-Bissau, Petroguin, to revise the terms of both the Sinapa and Esperanca Licences to which FAR has interests.

Under the revised Licence terms negotiated by FAR and its joint venture partner Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB (“Svenska”), FAR now have a 21.42% participating and paying interest in the permits, an increase from the 15% participating and 21.42% paying interests as previously reported. These changes reflect the fact that Petroguin will no longer have a participating interest in the joint venture prior to a commercial discovery. Upon making a commercial discovery, Petroguin will have a reduced participating and paying interest of 10% and FAR and Svenska will respectively have interests of 19.28% and 70.71%.

In addition the new Licence terms negotiated include more favourable arrangements for deep water
investment including a reduction to production royalty rates payable to Government.

The Joint Venture has also been awarded a three-year extension to the current Licence periods, now
ending on 25 November 2020.

During these Licence periods, the Joint Venture will drill one exploration well on each Licence with a
minimum expenditure commitment for each Licence of US$3 million (gross).

These changes in the terms of the Licences have been now been approved by Government Decree.

FAR Managing Director, Cath Norman, said:
“We are very pleased to have concluded the approval process to ratify the increase in equity and change in terms for the Guinea-Bissau licences. FAR has previously mapped a 470mmbbls prospect* called Atum on the Guinea-Bissau shelf edge in a play similar to the large SNE discovery made by FAR and it’s Senegal partners in 2014.
It is testimony to the close working relationship that FAR and Svenska have with Petroguin, that these agreed Licence changes including the 3 year extensions, provide a strong basis to proceed with deep water exploration work program and investment.
FAR looks forward to working with Svenska and Petroguin leading up to drilling our first exploration well offshore Guinea-Bissau.”

About FAR

FAR Limited (ASX:FAR) is an independent, Australian Securities Exchange listed (ASX: FAR), oil and gas explorer with high potential exploration and pre-appraisal assets in West and East Africa.

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