VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 22, 2013) - LNG Energy Ltd. ("LNG") (TSX VENTURE:LNG) is pleased to announce that its subsidiaries, Telemu No. 18 Limited ("Telemu"), LNG Energy (PNG) Limited and LNG Energy No. 2 Limited, have closed their farm-in agreement with wholly owned subsidiaries of Heritage Oil Plc ("Heritage"). In exchange for an 80% participating interest in the PPL 319 and PRL 13 licenses (as announced in the press release of April 2, 2013), Heritage has made a cash payment to Telemu of US$4 million plus the reimbursement of costs associated with the recently completed 22 km Tuyu seismic program. In addition to the cash payment, Heritage has also committed to funding the acquisition of a minimum of 100 km of seismic within the license areas and the drilling of one exploration well in PPL 319 to a depth sufficient to test identified exploration targets. The 22 km Tuyu program will count towards the fulfillment of these commitments.
"We look forward to continuing with the technical program that was started late in 2012. With the additional exploration to be undertaken on the PPL 319 and PRL 13 licenses, we remain confident of the hydrocarbon potential of the license and look forward to the results generated," commented David Nelson, President & CEO of LNG.
LNG is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on developing oil and gas reserves in Papua New Guinea, Poland and Bulgaria. LNG holds in Papua New Guinea a 13.7% net interest in PPL 319 and a 68.5% interest in 3 additional PPLs in northern Papua New Guinea (which collectively covers approximately 5.5 million gross acres) and a 20% net interest in PRL 13 (which covers approximately 42,000 gross acres). LNG has a 20.18% net interest in approximately 734,000 gross acres of prospective shales in Poland together with BNK Petroleum Inc., Sorgenia E&P S.p.A., and Rohol-Aufsuchungs Aktiengesellschaft. LNG is operator and has a 50% net interest in approximately 360,000 gross acres of prospective shales in Poland together with San Leon Energy. LNG has entered into a farm-in agreement relating to 405,080 acres of prospective argillite formation in Bulgaria with Direct Petroleum Bulgaria EOOD, a subsidiary of TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. LNG shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "LNG".
LNG ENERGY LTD.
David Nelson, President & CEO
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking information" as such term is used in applicable Canadian securities laws, including information regarding the closing of the transactions and the fulfillment of Heritage's obligations under the farm-in agreement, and the size and timing of the seismic acquisition. Forward-looking information is based on plans and estimates of management at the date the information is provided and certain factors and assumptions of management, including that closing conditions will be satisfied and that the transactions with Source will close. Forward looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause plans, estimates and actual results to vary materially from those projected in such forward-looking information. Factors that could cause the forward-looking information in this news release to change or to be inaccurate include, but are not limited to, the risks related to unsatisfactory results of due diligence, international operations and doing business in foreign jurisdictions, risks associated with the oil and gas industry and exploratory and development activities generally (e.g., operational risks in development, exploration and production, delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures, risks associated with equipment procurement and equipment failure), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, risks related to future royalty rate changes, and risks and uncertainties associated with securing and maintaining necessary regulatory approvals, and counterparty risk related to the stability and viability of the Company's joint venture participants.
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