MENA Hydrocarbons Inc.

MENA Hydrocarbons Inc.

July 21, 2011 08:51 ET

MENA Hydrocarbons Inc. Announces Receipt of Co-Venturer Consents for the Acquisition of an Offshore Block in Egypt

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 21, 2011) - MENA Hydrocarbons Inc. ("MENA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:MNH) is pleased to announce that it has received co-venturer approval for the acquisition of a 55 percent participating interest in the West Mediterranean, Block 1, Segment A block located 60 km off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. It is proposed that the acquisition be completed by an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of MENA. An agreement with the current operator, Hess Egypt West Mediterranean Limited, has been signed as of May 31, 2011. The acquisition was subject to rights of pre-emption in favour of the existing co-venturers. The co-venturers decided not to pre-empt and have also given their consent to the transaction. MENA intends to seek appointment as operator following the outstanding approval of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and the Egyptian Government and the completion of other customary closing conditions.

Five gas or gas-condensate discoveries have been made on the block. The block is under standard commercial terms for Egyptian concessions. The offshore development lease governing the block is valid for 20 years from the date of first gas deliveries, with an optional five-year extension. The purchase price is US$7.5 million (subject to adjustments) payable in cash.

Graham Lyon, President & Chief Executive Officer of MENA said: "We are another step further in implementing MENA's strategy of building a portfolio of development, production and high impact exploration assets and are pleased to have passed this important step in project capture for MENA in such a short time. We will work with our co-venturers and the authorities to proceed in this development license to a profitable venture and address the significant exploration potential."

About MENA Hydrocarbons

MENA Hydrocarbons is an international oil and gas company focused on growing an asset base of production, development and high impact exploration in the Middle East and North Africa region. In Egypt, MENA owns and operates the development lease for the Lagia oil field, a 32 square kilometer onshore block located on the Sinai Peninsula, directly adjacent to the Gulf of Suez. In Syria, MENA owns a 30% participating interest in Block 9 in Syria, a 10,032 square kilometer onshore block prospective for crude oil, natural gas and condensate. MENA's shares currently trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "MNH".

Forward looking information

This news release contains forward-looking information relating to the appointment of MENA as operator, receipt of government approvals, the Company's growth and related strategy, planned development and exploration activities on the properties in which the Company has interests, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking information is subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The results or events predicated in this forward-looking information may differ materially from actual results or events. As a result, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking information.

Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, the impact of increasing competition; the general stability of the economic and political environments in which the Company operates or owns interests; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the ability of the Company to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; drilling results; the ability of the operator of the projects which the Company has an interest in to operate the field in a safe, efficient and effective manner; the ability of the Company to obtain financing on acceptable terms; field production rates and decline rates; the ability to replace and expand oil and natural gas reserves through acquisition, development of exploration; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of the Company to secure adequate product transportation; future oil and natural gas prices; currency, exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and environmental matters in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates; and the ability of the Company to successfully market its oil and natural gas products, and other similar matters. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.

Forward looking-information is subject to certain factors, including risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is currently expected. These factors include risks associated with instability of the economic and political environments in which the Company operates or owns interests, oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions, the inability to settle the definitive terms of the farmout arrangements, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, reliance on key personnel, regulatory risks and delays, including risks relating to the acquisition of necessary licenses and permits, environmental risks and insurance risks.

You should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. While the Company may elect to, the Company is under no obligation and does not undertake to update this information at any particular time, except as required by law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • MENA Hydrocarbons Inc.
    Graham Lyon
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    +1.403.930.7599 (FAX)

    MENA Hydrocarbons Inc.
    Jason Bednar
    Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    +1.403.930.7599 (FAX)

    MENA Hydrocarbons Inc.
    1000, 205 - 5th Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, AB T2P 2V7