VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/15/10 -- Africa Oil Corp. ('Africa Oil' or 'the Company') (TSX VENTURE: AOI) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Red Emperor Resources NL ('Red Emperor') pursuant to which Red Emperor will acquire a participating interest in the Dharoor and Nugaal Valley Blocks located in Puntland (Somalia).
Under the terms of the Letter of Intent, Red Emperor will earn a 10% interest in both the Dharoor and Nugaal Valley Blocks and is committed to paying a disproportionate share of costs related to the one well drilling commitment included in the first exploration period of both the Dharoor and Nugaal Valley Production Sharing Agreements. Red Emperor may, at its own discretion, exercise a right to increase its participating interest by an additional 10% in each of the Dharoor and Nugaal Blocks. Red Emperor must advise Africa Oil on or before 31 August 2010 if they wish to exercise this option.
The transaction is conditional on the parties finalizing a formal farmin agreement and the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent including due diligence, ministerial approval, Red Emperor raising not less than AUS$2.8 million, AUS$2 million of which is to be deposited into escrow by not later than July 30, 2010, other regulatory approvals and, if required, shareholder approval.
A finder's fee in the amount of up to CDN$250,000, 50% of which is payable in common shares of the Company, is payable to Komodo Capital Pty. Ltd. in connection with the farmout to Red Emperor.
The Company continues its efforts to identify international drilling and drilling related contractors willing to participate in operations in Puntland (Somalia) on commercially acceptable terms.
Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kenya, Puntland (Somalia) and Ethiopia. Africa Oil's East African holdings are in what is considered a truly world-class exploration play fairway. The Company's total gross land package in this prolific region is in excess of 225,000 square kilometers - an area roughly the size of Great Britain. The East African Rift Basin system is one of the last of the great rift basins to be explored. New discoveries have been announced on all sides of Africa Oil's virtually unexplored land position including the major Heritage/Tullow Albert Graben oil discovery in neighbouring Uganda. Similar to the Albert Graben play model, Africa Oil's concessions have older wells, a legacy database, and host numerous oil seeps indicating a proven petroleum system. Good quality existing seismic show robust leads and prospects throughout Africa Oil's project areas. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol 'AOI'.
Certain statements made and information contained herein constitute 'forward-looking information' (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation). Such statements and information (together, 'forward looking statements') relate to future events or the Company's future performance, business prospects or opportunities. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to estimates of reserves and or resources, future production levels, future capital expenditures and their allocation to exploration and development activities, future drilling and other exploration and development activities, ultimate recovery of reserves or resources and dates by which certain areas will be explored, developed or reach expected operating capacity, that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.
All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Statements concerning proven and probable reserves and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements and reflect conclusions that are based on certain assumptions that the reserves and resources can be economically exploited. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as 'seek', 'anticipate', 'plan', 'continue', 'estimate', 'expect', 'may', 'will', 'project', 'predict', 'potential', 'targeting', 'intend', 'could', 'might', 'should', 'believe' and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be 'forward-looking statements'. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties relating to, among other things, changes in oil prices, results of exploration and development activities, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of materials and equipment, timeliness of government or other regulatory approvals, actual performance of facilities, availability of financing on reasonable terms, availability of third party service providers, equipment and processes relative to specifications and expectations and unanticipated environmental impacts on operations. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Keith Hill, President and CEO
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