Maurel & Prom Concludes a Strategic Alliance With Pacific Rubiales Energy

Mar 31, 2011, 01:41 ET from Maurel & Prom

PARIS, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Maurel & Prom announces the acquisition by Pacific Rubiales Energy of 50% of its interests in the blocks Sabanero (M&P 100%), Muisca (M&P 100%), SSJN-9 (M&P 50%), CPO-17 (M&P 50%) and COR-15 (M&P 100%).

Pacific Rubiales Energy with its strong growth dynamics and expertise in production and treatment of heavy crudes has been selected by the Group as strategic partner for the valorization of the resources of the Group in Colombia, particularly those of the Sabanero block.

This acquisition in the aforementioned blocks is subject to the following terms:

1. Reimbursement to Maurel & Prom of the past cost on the aforementioned blocks for a cash consideration of US$63.2m as of December, 31st 2010 (estimated at US$65.4m as of March, 2011).

2. Pacific Rubiales Energy to undertake a full carry obligation on the exploration activities for the Sabanero Block, with reimbursement by means of free cash flow derived from future hydrocarbon production. Pacific Rubiales Energy will also secure the financing required by Maurel & Prom to execute its portion of the development activities in such Block.

3. Pacific Rubiales Energy to undertake a full carry obligation of up to US$120m for exploration activities in the SSJN-9, CPO-17 and Muisca Blocks.

4. Pacific Rubiales Energy to undertake a full carry obligation on the exploration activities for the COR-15 Block, with reimbursement by means of the free cash flow derived from future hydrocarbon production. Pacific Rubiales Energy will also secure the financing required by Maurel & Prom to execute its portion of development activities in such Block.

5. Pacific Rubiales Energy will provide access to its existing and future transport infrastructure and capacity, under the best commercial terms.

6. The parties agree that they will jointly pursue on a 50%/50% basis any hydrocarbon rights in an area of mutual interest immediately surrounding the Sabanero Block.

This agreement may be subject to legal and regulatory approvals of ANH and contractual approvals with the partners in Colombia.

For Maurel & Prom, this alliance with Pacific Rubiales Energy should allow for a faster monetization of the hydrocarbons resources already identified on the Blocks, more specifically Sabanero.

This association allows the Group to finance its operations for delineation, development and start of production, as well as an aggressive exploration program with a strategic partner with a remarkable expertise in the production of heavy crude in Colombia.

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