At an EGM held earlier today, Richard Stabbins, Chairman of Sterling Energy, issued the following statement:
"Following the successful completion of the C-20 well, Chinguetti field production in Mauritania has increased to over 17,000 bopd - field production in the first half averaged 10,000 bopd. That completes the Phase 2 development work and with no major capex expected in 2009 we look forward to a period of positive cash flow from the project.
"In the USA, we expect the final repairs from the September hurricane to be completed soon enabling us to return to normal production of around 27 mmcfged. Our sale process continues, with a conditional agreement in place, which is subject to funding. Given the current uncertainty within the financial markets, there can be no certainty that the sale will be completed. Your board is cognizant of this risk and is considering alternative methods to realise value should they be needed.
"The seismic program on our block in Kurdistan has been increased to 310 km and is on target to complete in November. Initial results are highly encouraging on this very large but previously undrilled surface anticline. Discovery of further surface oil seeps increases our belief that this is a moderate risk, high reward exploration project. If I may remind shareholders, we recently farmed down our interest in Kurdistan to Addax giving Sterling a significant free carry, including the first well which is expected to spud mid-2009.
"Following shareholders' approval of the placing, Sterling's financial position has been further strengthened, whereas on completion of the USA sale, it would be transformed."
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