Northern Petroleum Plc
LSE : NOP

October 22, 2009 02:00 ET

Northern Awarded New Licence with Gas Prospect

Embargoed for release:  7.00 22nd October 2009

                                                 
                                      Northern Petroleum Plc
                                   ("Northern" or "the Company")

                          Northern Awarded New Licence with Gas Prospect

An  exploration  licence  covering the Kerkwijk South gas prospect has been  awarded  to  Northern
Petroleum  Nederland  B.V.  ("NPN"),  a wholly owned Dutch subsidiary  of  Northern.  The  Engelen
Exploration  Licence ("Engelen") covers 97km² in the West Netherlands Basin,  an  area  where  NPN
already  holds  four  other exploration and production licences (Andel III, Papekop,  Utrecht  and
Waalwijk). The prospect has been mapped from existing seismic data and is on trend to the Kerkwijk
gas discovery drilled in 1988.

The licence application, in which NPN has a 100% interest, will run for 4 years and  was submitted
in  March 2009 in competition to the prior application of a third party.   Engelen is adjacent  to
NPN's  Utrecht  licence which contains two undeveloped discoveries of immediate  interest  with  a
total  gas in place 242 bcf (P50) and exploration prospects which will be evaluated in conjunction
with the Engelen licence.

Upon  future  conversion to a production licence NPN's 100% interest is  by  law  subject  to  the
election by Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. ("EBN") to acquire a 40% paying participating interest.

Derek  Musgrove, Managing Director of Northern, stated: "This award is pleasing. It was  processed
within 7 months, it was gained in a competitive process and it contains a mapped structure near to
a  gas  discovery in the main play fairway. It is our 9th licence in The Netherlands bringing  the
gross total area in which NPN holds a licence interest to 3497 km²."

In  accordance  with the AIM Rules - Guidance for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies, the  information
contained  in this announcement has been reviewed and signed off by the Exploration and  Technical
Director of Northern Petroleum Plc, Mr Graham Heard CGeol FGS, who has over 35 years experience as
a petroleum geologist.

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For further information please contact:

Northern Petroleum Plc                                     Tel: +44 (0) 20 7469 2900
Derek Musgrove, Managing Director
Chris Foss, Finance Director
Graham Heard, Exploration & Technical Director
Sophie Hull, Head of Corporate Communications

Brokers to the Company:

Jefferies International                                     Tel: +44 (0) 20 7029 8000
Chris Snoxall / Schuyler Evans

Astaire Securities                                          Tel: +44 (0) 20 7448 4400
Jerry Keen / Toby Gibbs

Notes to Editors:

Northern  is  an  AIM quoted oil and gas production, development, exploration  and  asset  trading
company focused on petroleum producing areas of low political risk in Europe. The Company strategy
is  to  obtain  significant and concentrated licence positions then add value at  reasonable  risk
utilising  new  ideas  together  with  new drilling, seismic, completion,  field  development  and
computer technologies to establish economic oil and gas production.

The Company's activities are concentrated in three countries (Netherlands, Italy and England) with
the  risk  spread  over  more  than 50 projects in 12 petroleum  systems.   Following  the  recent
acquisition of ATI Oil Plc, Northern holds over 103 million barrels of reported Proven &  Probable
Reserves.  It  has interests in 4 producing fields, both onshore and offshore,  one  of  which  it
manages.

The  development  of six onshore oil and gas fields is being progressed in The  Netherlands  under
Northern management Northern Petroleum Nederland B.V. with Dyas B.V., EBN, the Netherlands'  state
oil company, and NAM.

Northern  currently  manages  the  largest licensed exploration area  in  Italy,  over  15,000km²,
predominantly offshore, but includes six onshore permits in the Po Valley gas and oil province  in
the north of the country.

UK  production  comes  from a 10% interest in the Horndean oil field and  a  5%  interest  in  the
Avington  oil field, both in West Sussex and Hampshire respectively. It also has planning consents
to  drill  in  the near future an eastward extension of the Horndean oil field and an  exploration
well at Havant. Northern has a 50% interest in these ventures.

For further information on Northern visit www.northpet.com.

                                                 

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