InterOil Corporation

InterOil Corporation

June 18, 2008 09:27 ET

InterOil Announces Divestment of Interests in Petroleum Retention Licenses 4 & 5

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - InterOil Corporation (TSX:IOL) (AMEX:IOC) (POMSoX:IOC) announced today that it has agreed to divest its working interests in Petroleum Retention Licenses (PRL's) 4 and 5 to Horizon Oil Limited for US$ 6.5 million. The divestment remains subject to PNG government approval and, in the case of the working interest in PRL 5, certain pre-emptive rights.

"We are selling our interests in PRL's 4 and 5 in order to focus our resources and efforts on appraisal and development activities in the Elk/Antelope field," stated Mr. Phil Mulacek, Chief Executive Officer of InterOil. "InterOil will however, retain a right of first refusal to purchase hydrocarbon condensates that may be produced in these licenses and so will remain closely interested in them. Any condensates would of course be used as feedstock for our refinery."


InterOil Corporation is developing a vertically integrated energy business whose primary focus is Papua New Guinea and the surrounding region. InterOil's assets consist of petroleum licenses covering about 8.7 million acres, an oil refinery, and retail and commercial distribution facilities, all located in Papua New Guinea. In addition, InterOil is a shareholder in PNG LNG Inc., a joint venture with Merrill Lynch Commodities and Pacific LNG established to construct Papua New Guinea's first LNG plant on a site adjacent to InterOil's refinery in Port Moresby.

InterOil's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IOL in Canadian dollar and on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol IOC in US dollars.

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