Northern Petroleum Plc
LSE : NOP

April 15, 2009 10:32 ET

Award of Licence Offshore Sicily

                                                                                     15 April 2009

                                                 
                                      Northern Petroleum Plc
                                                 
                                                 
                                 Award of Licence Offshore Sicily

Northern Petroleum Plc announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Northern Petroleum (UK) Limited
("Northern"),  has been advised of the preliminary award of offshore Italian licence  d351C.R-.NP,
covering  100  km². Northern has been invited to prepare the required environmental  impact  study
which work will now commence.

The  award is adjacent to offshore licence C.R146.NP, close to the Maltese maritime boundary.  The
licence includes an extension to an existing mapped prospect within C.R146.NP.

Northern  holds a 100% interest in the licence, but a subsidiary of ATI Oil Plc, in which Northern
holds a 37.04% equity interest, has a 50% pari passu commercial interest in the licence.

Northern also confirms that it has made a charitable donation to a relief fund for the victims  of
the Abruzzo earthquake.

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, Mr Graham Heard CGeol FGS, who has over 30 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

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