African Petroleum Corporation Limited ("African Petroleum" or the "Company"), an
independent oil and gas exploration company with licence interests in offshore
West Africa, provides the following update:
Senegal (SOSP & ROP PSCs - 90% interest):
In January 2018, formal notices of dispute were lodged with the Senegalese
authorities in respect of the Senegal Offshore Sud Profond ("SOSP") and Rufisque
Offshore Profond ("ROP") Petroleum Sharing Contracts ("PSCs") and, in accordance
with the terms of the PSCs, the parties had three months to resolve the
Unfortunately, the parties were unable to resolve the disputes during the
defined timeframe and during a period of subsequent discussions, and accordingly
the Company's subsidiary African Petroleum Senegal Limited has lodged Request
for Arbitration documents with the International Centre for the Settlement of
Investment Disputes ("ICSID") in order to protect its interests in the ROP and
SOSP blocks in Senegal.
Due to legal confidentiality considerations and commercial sensitivities
associated with the arbitration process, the Company intends to only provide
material updates to shareholders as and when appropriate.
African Petroleum notes recent media reports that Total has completed a
significant seismic acquisition on the ROP block and is planning to drill a well
in 2019. The Company continues to reserve its rights on the ROP PSC.
The Company remains open to engaging in constructive dialogue with the
Senegalese authorities through appropriate and official channels, with a view to
establishing a satisfactory solution that is in the interests of all parties.
The Gambia (A1 & A4 Licences - 100% interest):
The ICSID arbitration proceedings initiated by the Company to protect its
interests in the A1 and A4 licences in The Gambia are continuing, with the
following developments since the last update provided by the Company:
The three original ICSID cases (ARB/17/38, ARB/17/39 and ARB/17/40) have been
consolidated into one ICSID case (ARB/17/38); and
- The tribunal for the case has been constituted.
The Company notes recent media reports regarding alleged meetings between the
Company and the Government. Due to legal confidentiality considerations and
commercial sensitivities associated with the dispute and the arbitration
process, the Company is unable to comment on this speculation and intends to
only provide material updates to shareholders through official channels as and
The Company is open to engaging in constructive dialogue with the Gambian
authorities, with a view to establishing a satisfactory solution that is in the
interests of all parties.
Jens Pace, African Petroleum's CEO, comments:
"Our legal position regarding our rights over the licences in Senegal remains
unchanged. We are taking this step of initiating official dispute resolution
proceedings in order to underpin and shape discussions with the government, with
the ultimate aim of protecting our interests. We believe in the significant
potential of our licences and are determined to find a way forward with all
stakeholders to secure value for our shareholders.
As previously stated, African Petroleum remains well funded and we can
comfortably cover the legal costs associated with Senegal and The Gambia, whilst
also funding the agreed work programs of European Hydrocarbons and African
Petroleum Sierra Leone in Sierra Leone.
We thank our shareholders for their continued support and will continue to
provide updates as and when we have material updates to provide."
For further information, please contact:
Jens Pace, Chief Executive Officer
Stephen West, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +44 20 3655 7810
Ben Romney/Chris Judd
Tel: +44 207 466 5000
About African Petroleum
African Petroleum is an independent oil and gas exploration company with licence
interests in offshore West Africa (Senegal, The Gambia and Sierra Leone). The
Company's assets are located in proven hydrocarbon basins in the West African
Transform Margin and the Atlantic Margin, where several discoveries have been
made in recent years.
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