HOUSTON, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyperdynamics Corporation (OTCQX:HDYN) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, SCS Corporation Ltd., ("SCS"), Tullow Guinea Ltd. ("Tullow"), and Dana Petroleum (E&P) Ltd. ("Dana") entered into a Settlement and Release of their ongoing arbitration. As part of the Settlement and Release, SCS released all claims against Tullow and Dana. In turn Tullow and Dana issued to the Government of Guinea a notice of withdrawal from the Guinea Concession and Production Sharing Contract ("the PSC") effective immediately, transferred their interest in the long lead items previously purchased by the Consortium for $8.1 MM in preparation for the drilling of the Fatala well, and net cash of $686,570 to SCS. SCS has also agreed to pay Dana a success fee based upon the certified reserves of the Fatala well if it results in a discovery.
As the sole remaining owner of the Guinea Concession, SCS is currently meeting with the Government of Guinea regarding its submission for a one-year extension until September 22, 2017 under Article 3.7 of Amendment 1 of the PSC dated March 25, 2010. Without an extension, the current concession expires in September 2016. SCS has also proposed and is in the process of negotiating a PSC Amendment and a work program and budget for the Extension period, should one be granted, that would include a minimum work obligation to drill one deepwater exploration well in the Guinea offshore Concession in April 2017. There can be no assurance that SCS will obtain the extension or successfully negotiate the PSC Amendment. If the extension is granted the next step for the Company will be to seek financing for the planned well by either raising the funds or taking a partner, or a combination of both.
Hyperdynamics is an emerging independent oil and gas exploration company that is exploring for oil and gas offshore the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. To find out more, visit our website at www.hyperdynamics.com.
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