Serica Energy submits Columbus Field Development Programme

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    respect to the performance of Serica Energy plc. These statements and
    forecasts involve risk, uncertainty and assumptions because they relate
    to events and depend upon circumstances that will occur in the future.
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    LONDON, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - Serica Energy plc (AIM & TSX-V: SQZ) ("Serica" or
"the Company") as operator of UK Block 23/16f has submitted the Field
Development Programme ("FDP") for the Columbus field in the UK Central North
Sea to the UK government.
    In December 2006 Serica announced the discovery of the Columbus
gas-condensate field with well 23/16f-11. The well was tested at a rate of
17.5 million cubic feet of gas per day and 1,060 barrels of condensate per
day. In 2007 Serica drilled two successful appraisal wells in Block 23/16f and
demonstrated that development of the Columbus field would be a commercial
    Engineering studies have been carried out in cooperation with
neighbouring infrastructure operators and the Columbus FDP envisages
production via a subsea tie-back to the BP operated Eastern Trough Area
Project ("ETAP"), a well-established Central Processing Facility ("CPF"). From
the ETAP CPF the Columbus gas would be exported via the ETAP gas export
pipeline into the Central Area Transmission System ("CATS") to the processing
terminal in Teesside on the North East coast of England.
    The Columbus condensate would be exported via the existing ETAP oil
export pipeline which ties into the Forties Pipeline System and to the Kinneil
oil export terminal near Grangemouth, on the Firth of Forth about twenty miles
west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The gas and condensate transportation
arrangements are subject to commercial negotiations and development is subject
to the approval of the Columbus FDP by the UK government.
    Serica is the operator of the Columbus field and holds an interest of 50%
in Block 23/16f.
    Serica CEO Paul Ellis said: "The submission of the Columbus FDP is a big
step towards the development of the field and demonstrates the progress being
made in our strategy for organic growth, building shareholder value through
the development of reserves that Serica has discovered through its own
exploration efforts. We have a fully funded drilling programme for the next
nine months including the Chablis well in the Southern North Sea at the end of
this month and, early next year, the Bandon prospect in Ireland and the Conan
prospect in the East Irish Sea. With interests of at least 50% in each of
these prospects, Serica is poised to unlock further value in its core offshore
Western Europe portfolio."
    Further information on the Columbus discovery can be found in a
presentation posted on Serica's web-site at

    Paul Ellis MA (Oxon) Engineering and Serica's Chief Executive, who has
over 35 years' experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, has reviewed
and approved the technical information contained in this announcement.

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    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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For further information:

For further information: Serica Energy plc, Paul Ellis, Chief Executive
Officer,, +44 (0)20 7487 7300; Chris Hearne,
Finance Director,, +44 (0)20 7487 7300;
JPMorgan Cazenove, Steve Baldwin,, +44
(0)20 7588 2828; Tristone Capital Limited, Majid Shafiq,, +44 (0)20 7355 5872; Pelham Public Relations -
UK, James Henderson,, +44 (0)20 7743 6673;
Alisdair Haythornthwaite,, +44 (0)20
7743 6676; CHF - Canada, Sasha Abrams,, (416) 868-1079

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