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New Guinea Energy signs deal with a multi-national oil company over PNG permits

New Guinea Energy signs deal with a multi-national oil company over PNG permits

New Guinea Energy (ASX: NGE) has signed a deal with an (undisclosed) multi-national oil company to fund seismic programs and up to three wells in NGE's Papua New Guinea license permits.

A definitive farm-in agreement is expected by end of August 2009.  NGE sought a farm-in partner and funding proposal in 2008. 

Clearly, this deal would enable financial impost to be reduced and risk to be spread by NGE for these PNG oil assets.

Interestingly, a number of significant oil and gas discoveries have been made in proximity to NGE's PPL license permits in PNG.

Under the agreement, NGE would be reimbursed for a substantial part of historical costs under the two permits:  PPL 268 and PPL 269.  The agreed seismic program over PPL 268 and three well costs (on PPL 268) of up to US$15 million would be mainly borne by the partner. An interest of 15% would be assigned to the farmee, with an option to move to 70% interest in PPL 268.

In PPL 269, the same terms as PPL 268, except the farmee would be assigned a 50% interest at the outset for funding seismic and funding a well up to $15 million.  With an option to gain an additional 20% interest if another well is drilled.

Executive Chairman Michael Arnett said "we are delighted to have reached this agreement with a partner whom we believe is well suited to meet the financial, technical and commercial challenges of developing these assets in PNG.”

Arnett said “this agreement represents a strong endorsement of the potential of our PNG licences and successfully completes the enormous efforts over the last two years.”



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