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Operational and Financial Highlights 1st Quarter 2012
Highlights Q1 2012
- Tajikistan: Production Sharing Agreement ratified on May 7, 2012
- Seismic continuing and drilling under preparation
- Mongolia: Passive seismic started, contract for 2D seismic signed and contract for drilling under negotiation - 2 back-to-back wells planned for 2012, spud In July due to rig availability
- Albania: Drilling preparation, spud first well in second quarter (rig arrived in the country beginning of May)
During the first quarter of 2012, our Mongolian subsidiary, Gobi Energy Partners LLC, continued with the integration and interpretation of seismic data acquired in 2011. Gobi is currently focusing on six areas with 15 prospects. A passive seismic campaign using low-frequency spectroscopy was started in April to assist in ranking the prospects. A 2D seismic campaign (vibroseis) to acquire 321 km is planned for June 2012; this seismic is partly detailed seismic over some prospects and the outstanding part in the eastern part of Block XIII, which could not be acquired anymore last year in November due to adverse seasonal weather conditions. The seismic will be acquired by the same contractor as 2011 and the contract has been signed. Mobilisation of the crew is planned for May. The drilling tender was closed and Gobi proposes to sign a contract in May. Spudding scheduled for July, subject to rig availability. Gobi intends to drill two wells back-to-back. The contract has an option for drilling additional wells 2013.
Our Tajik subsidiary, Closed Joint Stock Company Somon Oil, continued with the compilation and integration of its technical database. As of March 31, 2012, a total of 793.6 km of 2D seismic has been recorded, and processing and interpretation are ongoing. Somon Oil finalized the acquisition of a total of 871 km 2D seismic subsequent to March 31, 2012. Drilling planning for the first two wells is ongoing. Preliminary well designs and well budgets have been prepared.
On May 7, 2012 the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan ratified the Production Sharing Agreement with Somon Oil. Under the terms of the Production Sharing Agreement, Somon Oil is granted the exclusive right and authority to carry out all petroleum exploration, development and production activities in the contract area for a term of 30 years (with the right, under specified circumstances, to renew for up to two additional five year periods). The agreement provides for a framework within which exploration, development and production activities will be planned, conducted and paid for and it determines how funds invested by Somon Oil will be recovered and how profit oil will be shared between the government and Somon Oil.
Santos International Ventures Pty Ltd ("Santos"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Santos Limited, holds an option pursuant to which it can acquire a 70% interest in Somon. The ratification of the PSA was the last step for Santos to exercise its option to farm in pursuant to the option agreement signed between DWM Petroleum AG, a 100% subsidiary of Manas, Santos and Anawak on December 10, 2007. The Santos option will expire if it is not exercised within three months of the award of the Agreement.
Kyrgyzstan (25% interest in CJSC South Petroleum Company)
During the first quarter of 2012, South Petroleum Company, in which we own a 25% minority equity interest, provided support for drilling planning and seismic operations in Tajikistan. South Petroleum Company recorded 24km of 2D seismic in the Tuzluk Block as part of the Tajik seismic survey. Unification and update of resource evaluation of all Kyrgyz prospects and leads are still ongoing.
Albania (31.7 % equity interest in Petromanas Energy Inc.)
Petromanas is entering the operational phase of its drilling program on its Albanian properties. A drilling contract has been signed with KCA Deutag and three wells are planned to be drilled this year. Due to availability of the rig, Petromanas plans to spud the first well in the second quarter. Petromanas farmed out 50% of its interest to Shell.
More details on www.petromanas.com.
Total operating expense increased in all segments. Personnel cost mainly increased due to higher stock-based compensation expense and additional technical employees. Consulting cost mainly increased due to investor relations activities and professional fees for tax advice. Exploration cost increased due to higher exploration activities in Mongolia.
The increase in fair value of Petromanas (TSX-V: PMI) of $15,135,883 is mainly due to the share price appreciation from CAD 0.155 at the beginning of the year to CAD 0.23 at March 31, 2012.
Net income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 was $13,992,917 as compared to net loss of $(9,876,323) for the same period in 2011.
Information provided in this Press Release pertaining to the exploration projects in the Kyrgyz Republic and Albania has been provided to Manas Petroleum Corporation by the operators of those projects, with which Manas Petroleum deals at arms length, and is included in this Press Release in an effort to share that information with the public. Although Manas Petroleum has no reason to doubt the accuracy of this information, it expressly disclaims responsibility therefor and makes no representation or warranty that it is complete or correct.
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