ERHC - Awards Announced in the 2004 JDZ Licensing Round

The Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority (JDA) issued a press statement on May 31, 2005 announcing the award of five blocks on offer in the 2004 JDZ Licensing Round.

ERHC Energy had previously exercised its option rights in all the five Blocks on offer in the 2004 JDZ Licensing Round, and in December 2004 submitted bids as a consortium member for Blocks 2, 3 and 4.

In Block 2, the ERHC/Devon/Pioneer consortium has been awarded 65% interest, which is inclusive of ERHC's 30% signature bonus free interest. The consortium has been designated operator for Block 2.

In Block 3, the ERHC/Devon/Pioneer consortium has been awarded 25% interest, which is inclusive of ERHC's 20% signature bonus free interest.

In Block 4, the ERHC/Noble consortium has been awarded 60% interest, which is inclusive of ERHC's 25% signature bonus free interest. The consortium has been designated operator for Block 4.

In making the awards for Blocks 5 and 6, the JDA confirmed ERHC's 15% interest in each of these Blocks. ERHC's interest in Block 6 is free of signature bonus.

"The announcement of the awards is a significant milestone for ERHC. We look forward to working with the JDA and other participants towards developing the petroleum resources in the JDZ for the mutual benefit of the peoples of Nigeria and Sao Tome & Principe as well as our respective companies," commented Ali Memon, President & CEO of ERHC.

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