HOUSTON, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyperdynamics Corporation (OTCQX: HDYN) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, SCS Corporation Ltd., and its project partner, South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO), have received notice of a Presidential Decree signed by the President of the Republic of Guinea implementing the Third Amendment to its Production Sharing Contract that was signed April 12, 2017 by the partners and representatives of the Government.
"The decree signed by Guinea President Alpha Conde implementing the Third Amendment to our Production Sharing Contract demonstrates the Guinea government's support for Hyperdynamics and SAPETRO to move forward with exploration of our high-potential Fatala prospect starting later this spring," said Hyperdynamics President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Leonard.
The Third Amendment approves the assignment of 50% of SCS' participating interest in the Guinea concession to SAPETRO, and it confirms the two companies' rights to explore for oil and gas on a 5,000-square-kilometer block offshore the Republic of Guinea. The contract requires that drilling operations begin on an initial exploratory well no later than May 30, and additional exploration wells may be drilled within the exploration period at the companies' option.
The Amendment also reaffirms clear title of SAPETRO and SCS to the Concession and requires a $5 million security instrument to be put in place by SAPETRO and SCS within 30 days of the Presidential Decree. The security instrument is to be released when the drilling rig for the Fatala well enters Guinea territorial waters.
In addition to the earlier signed Farmout Agreement, SCS and SAPETRO agreed that SCS's "sufficient financing for the Obligation Well Costs" shall be $15 million in "cash and committed financing to the satisfaction of SAPETRO acting reasonably" in addition to costs already incurred, which sets a clear objective for both Parties to work to.
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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Ray Leonard, President and
Chief Executive Officer
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