TSXV Symbol: FO
DENVER, CO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. ( "Falcon"), an
international oil and gas exploration and production company, announced
today that Falcon Oil & Gas Australia Ltd ("Falcon Australia"),
Falcon's 73 percent owned subsidiary, has entered into a letter of
intent with Hess New Ventures Limited ("Hess"), a unit of Hess
Corporation, for the acquisition by Hess of an interest in onshore
Exploration Permits 76, 98 and 117 in the Beetaloo Basin, Northern
Territory, Australia (the "Agreement Area").
The agreement area consists of approximately 25,200 square kilometers
(6,227,500 acres) and will ultimately be held jointly, with Falcon
Australia holding a 37.5 percent undivided working interest and Hess
holding a 62.5 percent undivided working interest. Falcon Australia
will retain 100 percent interest in the whole of Exploration Permit 99
consisting of approximately 2,590 square kilometers (639,300 acres),
and will also retain the entire interest in the existing Shenandoah-1
wellbore in Exploration Permit 98 and approximately 405 square
kilometers (100,000 acres) around the Shenandoah-1 wellbore. This will
result in Falcon Australia retaining a net interest in the four
exploration permits of approximately 44%.
Under the terms of the letter of intent, Hess will make a US$17.5
million payment to Falcon Australia upon completion of a participation
agreement and a joint operating agreement. Hess will pay Falcon US$2.5
million and Falcon will issue Hess 10,000,000 warrants exercisable into
an equal amount of common shares in the capital of Falcon ("Shares") at
an exercise price per Share equal to the greater of the closing price
of the Shares on February 18, 2011 and February 22, 2011.
Under the terms of the agreement Hess will undertake a US$40 million
seismic acquisition program beginning in 2011. After completion,
processing and interpretation of the seismic data Hess can elect to
continue to the next phase of the work program which includes
conducting a five well program to explore and appraise the agreement
area, beginning in 2012. Hess will cover the full cost of this work
Falcon Australia plans to test the prospective intervals in the
Shenandoah-1 wellbore in the third quarter of 2011. Upon conclusion of
the testing Hess will pay Falcon Australia US$2 million for the data
Robert Macaulay, CEO of Falcon and Falcon Australia, said, "Falcon is
very excited to enter in to this partnership with Hess and looks
forward to working with them to explore and develop the Beetaloo Basin.
Not only does Hess bring to the table their vast international
experience in both conventional and unconventional plays, but they are
also a well-established, trusted and successful company in Australia."
The participation agreement and the joint operating agreement are
subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of each of Falcon,
Falcon Australia and Hess, and the transaction as a whole is subject to
receipt of all governmental and regulatory consents, including the TSX
About Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. is an international oil and gas exploration and
production company, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, incorporated in
British Columbia, Canada, and trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under
the symbol "FO." The company specializes in the business of
unconventional and conventional oil and gas exploration and production
and holds interests in prospective properties in Australia, Hungary,
and South Africa. The company is focused on discovering, acquiring,
and maturing a globally diversified portfolio of drilling opportunities
with a goal of maximizing shareholder value through strategic
relationships. Additional information concerning Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
is available at www.falconoilandgas.com. Investor inquiries may be directed to email@example.com.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Certain information in this press release may constitute forward-looking
information. This information is based on current expectations that
are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are difficult
to predict. Actual results might differ materially from results
suggested in any forward-looking statements. Falcon assumes no
obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the
reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the
forward looking-statements unless and until required by securities laws
applicable to Falcon. Additional information identifying risks and
uncertainties is contained in Falcon's filings with the Canadian
securities regulators, which filings are available at www.sedar.com.
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