Manas Petroleum Announces Petromanas Energy Inc.Completes Seismic Programs in Block D?E Onshore Albania
The 105 km of 2D seismic acquired on Blocks D and E fulfills the work commitments for the first exploration phase on those blocks. The interpretation of this new data and correlation with existing data should improve the quality of the existing prospect inventory and allow the Petromanas geoscience team to reduce the exploration risk and high grade its exploration prospects.
Petromanas continues as planned with its seismic operations on Blocks 2 and 3, which it anticipates will be completed by early 2011. All operating licences and permits have been received, surveying and drilling operations for seismic shots are underway. This program includes 140 km of 2D seismic survey and will provide valuable data near the Spiragu discovery which was drilled in 2001. The majority of the seismic work will be carried out with heliportable rigs and the remainder through conventional shallow drilling rigs.
In conjunction with the seismic work, Petromanas has announced that it is re?evaluating the unrisked resource assessment which was prepared on December 15, 2009 by Gustavson Associates LLC based on the seismic, geology and limited well data that was available at the time. In the normal course of the current geophysical and geological ("G&G") work, Petromanas intends to evaluate the risked resource potential which, as a result of incorporating risk assessments and new data, it expects will be lower than the un?risked resource potential numbers presented in the 2009 Gustavson report.
Petromanas plans to conduct the G&G analysis through year end as the new seismic data becomes available. It anticipates that an updated independent resource evaluation report will be prepared early in 2011. It also intends to update resource estimates as it acquires new data from seismic programs and drilling operations.
Petromanas has also announced that the geological work conducted to date has further confirmed the significant potential of the Petromanas acreage and the exploration prospectivity of both the shallow and deep prospects. Once Petromanas has the necessary data, it has announced that it anticipates that some of the deep target plays will be farmed out to industry partners. Petromanas remains on schedule for the planned completion of the seismic program leading to a drilling campaign in 2011.
About Manas Petroleum Corp.
Manas Petroleum is an international oil and gas company with primary focus on exploration and development in South?Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia. In Albania, Manas participates in a 1.7 million acre exploration project through its equity interest in Petromanas Energy Inc., a Canadian public company. In Kyrgyzstan, Manas has signed a US $54 million farm?out agreement with Santos International Holdings Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Australia's third largest oil and gas company. In addition to the development of its Kyrgyzstan project, Santos is developing the company's neighboring Tajikistan license under an option farm out agreement. In Mongolia, Manas owns record title to the two Production Sharing Contracts covering Blocks XIII and XIV through its wholly?owned subsidiary DWM Petroleum AG, but 26% of the beneficial ownership interest in these blocks is held in trust for others. Manas Petroleum is the largest shareholder of Petromanas. DWM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manas Petroleum now has ownership and control over 200,000,000 common shares of Petromanas and the right to acquire a further 50,000,000 common shares of Petromanas. The 200,000,000 common shares represent 32.36% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Petromanas. Assuming DWM acquired the additional 50,000,000 common shares it would hold 250,000,000 common shares representing 37.42% of the partially diluted issued and outstanding shares of Petromanas.
About Petromanas Energy Inc.
Petromanas is an international oil and gas company focused on the exploration and development of its assets in Albania that possess world-class resource potential. Petromanas, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, holds three Production Sharing Contracts ("PSCs") with the Albanian government. Under the terms of the PSCs, Petromanas has a 100% working interest in six onshore blocks (Blocks A, B, D, E, 2 and 3) that comprise more than 1.7 million acres across Albania's Berati thrust belt. Recently, George Soros - a billionaire investor, Endeavour Mining Corp - with a merchant bank division, Peninsular Merchant Bank and Columbia Wanger Asset Management have all made big investments. Together they own about 25% of the company. Manas Petroleum, being the largest shareholder of Petromanas, currently holds 200,000,000 shares or 32.6% of the company.