Sterling Energy Plc is issuing its Interim Management Statement for the period beginning 1 July 2010 and updated operations in Madagascar and Mauritania.
The Ntem Block, offshore Cameroon, remains in force majeure. Progress continues towards a resolution of the border dispute between the governments of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, but no specific timetable can be forecast. The Company currently holds 100% of the Ntem licence and expects to farmout a portion of its interest in exchange for being carried for its share of drilling costs.
The Rajoelina government, formed after the coup in March 2009, has not been recognised by its African neighbours or by many other governments. Sterling and ExxonMobil, our partner and the operator of the Ampasindava Block, will look for an improvement in the political situation before undertaking any significant expenditure.
The current exploration periods for both the Ambilobe and Ampasindava licences come to an end in November 2010. Sterling and Exxon are in discussions with OMNIS, the state oil company of Madagascar, with regard to an extension of both licences.