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Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) Plc RNS Release

Extension of Agreement to Sell Interest in Wressle

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc / Index: AIM / Epic: EOG / Sector: Oil & Gas

21 February 2017

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc (Europa or the Company)

Extension of Agreement to Sell Interest in Wressle Oil Discovery

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, the UK and Ireland focussed exploration, development and production company, is pleased to announce an extension to the Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) signed between its wholly owned subsidiary and Upland Resources (UK Onshore) Limited (Upland) in relation to a 10% interest in Europas PEDL180 and PEDL182 (the Licences) in North Lincolnshire. 

Europa currently has a 30% working interest in the Licences, which include the Wressle discovery and the Broughton North prospect, alongside Egdon Resources (operator, 25%), Celtique Energie Petroleum Ltd (33.33%), and Union Jack Oil (11.67%), (together the Joint Venture partners).  Completion of the SPA would result in Europa retaining a 20% interest in the Licences.

As set out in the Companys announcement of 24 November 2016, completion of the SPA is conditional upon, inter alia, approval from the Oil & Gas Authority and approval of the Wressle Field Development Plan.  On 7 February 2017, the Company announced the decision by the Joint Venture partners to appeal against the refusal by North Lincolnshire Council to grant planning consent for the development of Wressle and to file a new planning application which will include more detailed information covering the specific concerns outlined by the Councils planning committee.  To allow sufficient time for the appeal and application processes to be completed, Upland has agreed to an extension of the 'long stop' date by which the conditions of the SPA are to be satisfied to 30 September 2017.  The previous long stop date had been fixed at 31 March 2017. 

On satisfaction of the conditions, the sale to Upland of a 10% interest in the Licences is to be effected by way of an assignment from Europa.  As part of the consideration due to Europa on completion of the SPA, the Company is to be issued with 23,076,923 new ordinary shares in Upland (the Initial Consideration Shares).  The remainder of the initial consideration is to be settled in cash.  Following the extension of the long stop date to 1 September 2017, Europa has agreed not to dispose of any of the Initial Consideration Shares before 1 September 2018.  This is subject to certain limited exceptions.   

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For further information please visit www.europaoil.com or contact:

Hugh MackayEuropa+ 44 (0) 20 7224 3770
Phil GreenhalghEuropa+ 44 (0) 20 7224 3770
Matt GoodefinnCap Ltd+ 44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Simon HicksfinnCap Ltd+ 44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Frank BuhagiarSt Brides Partners Ltd+ 44 (0) 20 7236 1177
Susie GeliherSt Brides Partners Ltd+ 44 (0) 20 7236 1177

Notes

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc has a diversified portfolio of multi-stage hydrocarbon assets that includes production, exploration and development interests, in countries that are politically stable, have transparent licensing processes, and offer attractive terms.  In 2016 Europa produced 123 boepd.  Its highly prospective exploration projects include the Wressle development in the UK and seven licences offshore Ireland with the potential to host gross mean un-risked prospective and indicative resources of more than 4 billion barrels oil equivalent and 1.5 tcf gas across all seven licences.

Qualified Person Review

This release has been reviewed by Hugh Mackay, Chief Executive of Europa, who is a petroleum geologist with 30 years' experience in petroleum exploration and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Fellow of the Geological Society. Mr Mackay has consented to the inclusion of the technical information in this release in the form and context in which it appears.




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