GeoGlobal and GSPC in Payment Dispute
GeoGlobal Resources has been advised by Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited. ("GSPC"), the operator of the KG-OSN-2001/3 (the "KG Offshore Block") in which the Company has a net 5% participating interest, that GSPC is seeking payment of the amount by which the sums expended by GSPC on behalf of the Company (including the net 5% participating interest of Roy Group Mauritius) under Phase I of the work program set forth in the Production Sharing Contract for the KG Offshore Block dated February 4, 2003 ("PSC") in carrying out exploration activities on the block, exceeds the amount that GSPC deems to be payable by GSPC pursuant to the Carried Interest Agreement between GSPC and the Company dated August 27, 2002 ("CIA").
GSPC asserts that the Company is required to pay 10% of the exploration expenses over and above US$59.23 million. GSPC asserts that this amount payable is US$44.68 million including interest of US$ 4.43 million as of June 30, 2007.
The Company has advised GSPC that, under the terms of the CIA, the PSC, and the Joint Operating Agreement dated August 7, 2003 (the "JOA"), GSPC has no right to seek the payment and that it believes the payment GSPC is seeking is in breach of the Carried Interest Agreement. The Company further reminded GSPC, that the Company under the terms of the CIA, shall be carried by GSPC for 100% of all of its share of any costs during the exploration phase prior to the start of commercial production. In support of the Company's legal position, the Company has obtained the opinion of prominent Indian legal counsel.
The Company intends to vigorously protect its contractual rights in accordance with the dispute resolution process under the CIA, the PSC and the JOA as may be appropriate. The Company is currently having discussions with GSPC in an effort to reach an amicable resolution.
GeoGlobal Resources Inc., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a US publicly traded oil and gas company, which through its subsidiaries, is engaged primarily in the pursuit of petroleum and natural gas through exploration and development in India. Since inception, the Company's efforts have been devoted to the pursuit of Production Sharing Contracts with the Government of India. Currently, the Company is focused on the development of high potential exploration targets in the Krishna Godavari, the Cambay, the Deccan Syneclise and Rajasthan basin areas.
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