Pioneer Offered Exploration Rights in Nigeria - Sao Tome and Principe Bid

Pioneer Natural Resources confirmed the announcement by the Nigeria - Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority (JDA) that its subsidiary, Pioneer Resources Africa Limited, has been offered the right to conduct exploration activities in Blocks 2 and 3 of the Joint Development Zone (JDZ) in offshore Sao Tome and Principe and Nigeria. The Company is awaiting official notification from the JDA.

Pioneer is part of a consortium with Devon Energy and ERHC Energy Inc. which was offered 65% interest in Block 2 and 25% interest in Block 3. Upon receipt of the official notice of the offer, the Company will determine its next steps regarding the negotiation of a joint operating agreement with the other offerees and an acceptable production sharing contract with the JDA.

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