Madagascar Oil announced that it has successfully resolved the outstanding issues with the Government of Madagascar surrounding its three exploration blocks.
Following the successful resolution of the delay with the Government of Madagascar regarding the Tsimiroro Block in June 2011, there remained the outstanding approval of work programs on Madagascar Oil's three Exploration Blocks (Blocks 3105, 3106 and 3107). As such, the Company maintained a status of Force Majeure on the exploration blocks, in order to continue to safeguard its rights under those agreements, while awaiting the opportunity to resolve the issues.
Commenting on the announcement, Laurie Hunter, Chairman and CEO, said, "We are very pleased to have reached agreement with the Government of Madagascar on the status of our Exploration Blocks. As was the case previously with the Tsimiroro Block, we have been able to evidence the validity of our licenses and obtain recognition that we have been fully compliant with the terms of our PSCs.
"We will now move forward with our work program on an expedited basis to follow-up on several prospects on these blocks, which the Board believes, when combined with our current cornerstone work program on Tsimiroro, represents significant upside potential for the compelling Madagascar Oil story. Today's positive announcement marks the closing of a difficult chapter in Madagascar Oil's history and we are pleased to continue working closely alongside the Government and OMNIS in helping Madagascar responsibly develop its potentially abundant oil resources."
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