SOURCE: Manas Petroleum Corp.

Manas Petroleum Corp.

September 08, 2010 05:47 ET

Manas Petroleum Announces That It Has Entered Into a Contract for Seismic in Blocks 13 and 14 in Mongolia

BAAR, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) -  Manas Petroleum Corp. ("Manas") (OTCBB: MNAP) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a contract with a seismic company to acquire 300 km of 2D seismic for the Company's project on blocks 13 and 14 in Mongolia. Manas has agreed to a turn-key rate of $3,500/km, with no stand-by fees, for an aggregate total of $1,050,000, payable according to a specific schedule. Manas is required to provide a bank guarantee over the outstanding amount, which is to be reduced according to the same schedule.

The agreement is with a Chinese data acquisition company known as DQE International, a subsidiary of CNPC Daqing Petroleum, which has been in operation since the 1970s and has a total of 16 seismic crews, 76 drilling crews, 60 well logging crews and 10 cementing crews. This group has established a quality assurance system and all its subsidiaries have passed ISO9000 Series authentication and established HSE management systems. The group has operated various projects in the Peoples Republic of China ("PRC"). Internationally, the group has operated in Venezuela, Sudan, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran and Mongolia.

Manas owns 84% of the rights to blocks 13 and 14, 10% of which is held in trust for a Mongolian oil and gas company, subject to regulatory approval and negotiation. The two blocks cover an aggregate of over 20,000 square kilometers, or almost five million acres, of land located on Mongolia's southern border. The production contracts provide for a five-year exploration period (with two optional six-month extensions allowed) from an effective date of April 21, 2009, and a twenty-year exploitation period (with two five-year extensions allowed). The remaining 16% interest in blocks 13 and 14 is held by two investor groups.

About Manas Petroleum Corp.

Manas Petroleum is an international oil and gas company with primary focus on exploration and development in South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia. In Albania, Manas participates in a 1.7 million acre exploration project through its equity interest in Petromanas Energy Inc., a Canadian public company. In Kyrgyzstan, Manas has signed a US $54 million farm-out agreement with Santos International Holdings Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Australia's third largest oil and gas company. In addition to the development of its Kyrgyzstan project, Santos is developing the company's neighboring Tajikistan license under an option farm out agreement.

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:

    Roger Jenny
    Corporate Secretary
    Manas Petroleum Corp.
    Bahnofstr. 9, P.O. Box 155
    CH-6341 Baar, Switzerland
    Phone: +41 44 718 1030
    Fax: +41 44 718 1039
    Email: info@manaspete.com
    Web: www.manaspete.com