Oslo, 24 August 2017 -- DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has been assigned the 20 percent interest in the Tawke license held by the Kurdistan Regional Government as part of a landmark settlement of outstanding receivables owed to the Company for past crude oil deliveries. Following the settlement, DNO holds a 75 percent operated stake in the license containing the Tawke and Peshkabir fields with combined proven and probable reserves in excess of 500 million barrels and production in excess of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.
In addition to the 20 percent interest, the Company will receive three percent of gross license revenues each month from the Government over a five-year period. The settlement is effective as of 1 August 2017.
DNO has settled its claims for all outstanding Tawke license receivables from the Government and the Government has exercised its Tawke license audit rights to its satisfaction for the period up to the effective date and has no adjustment claims. The Government has also discharged DNO from certain payment obligations including production bonuses, license fees and a USD 150 million water purification project that is no longer required by the Government.
The removal of these liabilities and the transfer to DNO of the 20 percent interest and the right to the three percent revenue stream will bolster the Company's balance sheet and future cash flow.
"We are very pleased with the Government's initiative to settle receivables and normalize export payments to the operators," said Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, DNO's Executive Chairman. "This sends a strong positive signal to investors and helps restore confidence in Kurdistan's oil sector," he added.
DNO's June-July 2017 outstanding invoices for Kurdistan exports will continue to be paid under the payment arrangement in place since January 2016.
DNO ASA is a Norwegian oil and gas operator focused on the Middle East-North Africa region and the North Sea. Founded in 1971 and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, the Company holds stakes in onshore and offshore licenses at various stages of exploration, development and production in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Norway, Oman, Somaliland, Tunisia, Yemen and the United Kingdom.
This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.