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Hyperdynamics Halts Drilling Offshore Guinea

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Hyperdynamics Corporation today announced the Sabu-1 exploration well offshore Republic of Guinea was drilled to a total subsea depth of 2,224 meters, putting the well near the top of Cretaceous age sediments, and that the next string of 13-3/8 inch casing was successfully set.

Following retesting of the blowout preventer, the well was drilled to a depth of 2,304 meters. Drilling equipment problems were encountered, and drilling has been suspended while repairs are made. The delay is estimated to be approximately one week.

The Houston based company expects to test prospective upper Cretaceous sandstone reservoirs while it drills the Sabu-1 well to a total subsea depth of about 3,600 meters.

Ocean Endeavor completes seismic survey

Hyperdynamics also announced that the CGGVeritas Ocean Endeavor has completed acquisition of the 4,000-square-kilometer 3D seismic program in the deeper water portion of its concession offshore Guinea. Processing of the 3D data set is in progress, with the first preliminary time section results expected in March 2012.

Hyperdynamics operates the Guinea concession with a 77 percent participating interest, with the remaining 23 percent held by Aberdeen-based Dana Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Korean National Oil Company. The well is operated through AGR, a well management company.

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Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy Approves MOU for LNG Train 2 in Equatorial Guinea

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Ophir Energy plc (Ophir), an Africa-focused upstream oil and gas company, notes the announcement released on 21 April 2011 by the Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy of Equatorial Guinea of the approval and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the commercial structure of the LNG Train 2 Integrated Project in Equatorial Guinea.

The MoU relates to the alignment of the gas producers, the owners of the gas pipeline infrastructure and the owners of  EGLNG Train 1 to develop and implement the LNG Train 2 Project (EGLNG2). Ophir has an established position offshore Equatorial Guinea with an 80% interest as Operator of Block R which covers 1,600km2 and contains the significant gas discoveries Fortuna and Lykos. In 2009 Ophir acquired 1,000km2 3D seismic survey data of the area and has a high impact drilling campaign in place for 2011.

“MALABO, 21 APRIL 2011 SIGNATURE OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING RELATING TO THE INTEGRATED PROJECT OF LNG TRAIN 2

The Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy is pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been approved and signed relating to the commercial structure of the LNG Train 2 Integrated Project in Equatorial Guinea. The MOU was signed by the Ministry of Mines, Industry & Energy, SONAGAS GE (the national gas company of Equatorial Guinea), the partners of Blocks O & I (Noble Energy, GEPetrol GE (the national oil company of Equatorial Guinea), Glencore, Atlas Petroleum and Osbourne Resources Ltd.), the partners of Block R (Ophir Energy and GEPetrol GE), the shareholders of 3G Holding Ltd (Union Fenosa Gas and GALP Energia) and the partners of EGLNG Holding Ltd.

(Marathon GE, Mitsui & Co. Ltd and Marubeni Gas Development Co. Ltd).

The signed MOU relates to the alignment of the gas producers, the owners of the gas pipeline infrastructure and the owners of EGLNG Train 1 to develop and implement the LNG Train 2 Project, using the resources necessary to carry out this Project. The planned FID for this project is 2012 with the first LNG in 2016.”

About Ophir

Ophir Energy plc is a UK incorporated holding company with interests in 17 oil and gas exploration projects in eight different African jurisdictions. The Group’s headquarters are located in London (England), with operational offices in Perth (Australia), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Dar es Salaam/Mtwara (Tanzania) and Dakar (Senegal).

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Japan Urges Papua New Guinea to Improve Policing Around LNG Projects

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Japan has urged Papua New Guinea to improve internal security to allow the smooth implementation of the liquefied natural gas projects.

The Post Courier reports that Japan’s Foreign Minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, put the request to his PNG counterpart Don Polye in Tokyo.

Mr Polye has been in Japan for the signing of the investment agreement for the protection and promotion of Japanese investments in PNG. Japanese companies are participating in both the ExxonMobil-led project and the second LNG project operated by InterOil Corporation.

A number of disgruntled landowner groups have already disrupted the construction of the major gas pipeline being constructed for the first LNG project.

In recent months, killings and attacks have been reported in Southern Highlands, raising security concerns about the safety of developers and contractors.

The government has stationed police units in the oil and gas rich region.

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