Tuesday, July 17, 2012

PetroKamchatka Plc announced farm-in agreement with BVI-based oil and gas exploration company

PetroKamchatka Plc, an international oil exploration company incorporated in Jersey, entered into a non-arms length farm-in agreement with East Siberian Resources Ltd., the company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and managing oil and gas projects in the Krasnoyarsk region and on Sakhalin Island, Russia. The BVI company is 100% owned by the Alltech - a direct investment company, based in Russia.

Under the terms of the farm-in agreement, PetroKamchatka may earn up to 51% of the outstanding shares on fully diluted basis in two wholly-owned Cyprus subsidiaries of the BVI company – Elranio Holdings Ltd. and Lesona Holdings Ltd. Elranio is an indirect holder of 100% interest in an exploration and production license on the eastern coast of the Sakhalin Island. Lesona indirectly holds one oil production licence and one exploration and production licence located in Eastern Siberia.

PetroKamchatka intends to pursue a fund raising for approximately US$50 million, for full funding of the work program contemplated by the farm-in agreement and for general corporate purposes. The fund raise will be undertaken by a brokered private placement of common shares of the corporation at a market determined price.

Upon the execution of the farm-in agreement, PetroKamchatka intends to diversify its focus area from exploration in Kamchatka to exploration in Eastern Siberia and the Sakhalin region of Russia. Accordingly, the corporation will seek shareholder approval to change its name to “EastSiberian Plc”.