HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – July 23, 2015) –
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Primeline Energy Holdings Inc. (“Primeline” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:PEH) today announces that it has signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) for the drilling operations of the forthcoming exciting exploration programme in Block 33/07.
In the last few months Primeline has been in discussion with a number of potential drilling contractors in the region to secure optimal contract terms for an efficient and cost effective drilling operation planned to start in August 2015. The rig market has proved favourable with good availability of suitable rigs and competitive prices. With the completion of the 3D seismic data interpretation, the selection of drilling locations was completed in the past few weeks and locations have been agreed and approved by the joint management committee established by CNOOC and Primeline under the petroleum contract for Block 33/07. This allowed Primeline to finalise the well design and conclude discussions with potential drilling contractors. Following a detailed negotiation process, Primeline has selected China Oilfield Service Co. (“COSL”) as the drilling contractor and signed the LOI with COSL on 22nd July 2015.
Under the LOI and subject to final contract, COSL has offered to undertake turnkey drilling works for 2 wells in Block 33/07 for Primeline, starting in August. The first well will be LS23-1-1 and the second well will be selected from 2 further candidate locations following the evaluation of the results of the first well. The total drilling costs for 2 wells will be around US$20 million, excluding costs for any test when oil and gas is discovered.
As previously announced, the costs of drilling will be funded by the US$20 million principal amount convertible bonds to be issued to GEMS. The one remaining condition precedent to the issuance of the bonds is completion of the previously announced acquisition of Primeline Petroleum Corporation (“PPC”) to be presented for disinterested shareholder approval at Primeline’s Extraordinary General Meeting on 30th July. Assuming approval at the EGM, Primeline anticipates the issue of the bonds to GEMS will be completed on 31st July to allow the drilling operations to proceed.
This exploration drilling programme is the first step in the rolling development strategy now that the production infrastructure hub and access to gas market has been established and LS36-1 has been in production. The plan now is to find more hydrocarbons to capitalise the infrastructure hub and access to market. Any discovery in this future exploration in the area can be quickly and cost effectively developed.
About Primeline Energy Holdings Inc.
Primeline is an exploration and production company focusing exclusively on China natural resources to become a major supplier of gas and oil to the East China market. Primeline has a 75% Contractor’s interest in PPC (25%), and is the operator of the petroleum contract with CNOOC for Block 33/07 (5,877sq km). Primeline has a 36.75% interest in the producing LS36-1 gas field in Block 25/34, together with CNOOC Limited (51% interest and acting as Operator for the field development and production) and PPC (12.25% interest). Both blocks are located in the East China Sea. The LS36-1 gas field has been in production since July 2014. Shares of Primeline are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol PEH.
ON BEHALF OF PRIMELINE ENERGY HOLDINGS INC.
Ming Wang, Chief Executive Officer
Some of the statements in this news release contain forward-looking information, which involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Primeline. These statements relate to Primeline’s expectation that it will satisfy the conditions precedent to the issue of the Bonds, including obtaining the consent of disinterested shareholders for the acquisition of PPC. Although these statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, actual results may vary from those anticipated in such statements. Primeline may be unable to obtain disinterested shareholder approval or satisfy other conditions precedent to the issue of the Bonds. Regulatory approvals may not be received for all or some of the transactions. If Primeline is unable to complete the transactions, it may have to curtail or cease its drilling operations. Exploration for oil and gas is subject to the inherent risk that it will not result in a commercial discovery.
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Dr. Ming Wang, CEO
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