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Echo Energy PLC - Argentina Market Update

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Echo Energy PLC
19 May 2020


19 May 2020


Echo Energy plc

("Echo" or "the Company") 


Argentina Market Update


Echo Energy, the Latin American focused upstream oil and gas company, provides an update on local oil prices in Argentina, following a government decree that was signed and published on the evening of 19 May 2020.


In order to support and promote the local hydrocarbon industry, the government of Argentina signed and published a decree (the "Decree") to, amongst other matters, set a fixed reference price of US$45 per barrel for Argentine standard Neuquén Medanito crude subject to standard local quality discounts. This is significantly above current international prices and provides potential support for local producers such as Echo to increase cash flows in the current climate.


The legislation is effective immediately and will last until the earliest of either 31 December 2020, or until such point ICE Brent exceeds a price of US$45 per barrel for more than 10 consecutive days. This price is subject to periodic review.  Furthermore, mandatory requirements have been set, subject to demand, for refiners to pay producers on a fixed price basis and refiners are prohibited from importing crude oil from abroad, providing that certain terms and conditions are met which include supporting local demand.


In light of these positive events, the Company is currently assessing the effect of the Decree upon its Santa Cruz Sur assets, including the prospect of increasing oil production.


Further announcements will be made, as appropriate in due course.




For further information, please contact:


Echo Energy

Martin Hull, Chief Executive Officer


via Vigo Communications

Vigo Communications (PR Advisor)

Patrick d'Ancona

Chris McMahon


+44 (0) 20 7390 0230

Cenkos Securities (Nominated Adviser)

Ben Jeynes

Katy Birkin


+44 (0) 20 7397 8900

Shore Capital (Corporate Broker)

Jerry Keen

+44 (0) 20 7408 4090




The assignment of Echo's 70% non-operated participation in the Santa Cruz Sur licences is subject to the authorisation of the Executive Branch of Santa Cruz's Province, which is part of the overall process of title transfer that is proceeding as anticipated.


The information communicated within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.





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