Talisman Sale of Sudan Assets Delayed
|Tuesday, December 31, 2002
On October 30, 2002, Talisman Energy Inc. announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its indirectly held interest in the Greater Nile Oil Project in Sudan to ONGC Videsh Limited, a subsidiary of India's national oil company. As previously announced, the completion of the transaction is subject to certain conditions, including the obtaining of consents from the Government of Sudan and the other consortium members and the waiver or expiry of rights of first refusal. At the time of the announcement, it was estimated that the sale could be completed by December 31, 2002. Talisman is currently in discussions with the Government of Sudan and other consortium members and now anticipates that the sale will be completed prior to January 31, 2003 for the same consideration as previously announced. The delay is the result of a number of factors, including seasonal activities in various countries and complexities related to the consortium members' interests.