Premier Appoints New Exploration Director to Board

Premier is pleased to announce that Andrew Lodge will join Premier's Board on April 20, 2009 as Exploration Director.

Andrew has 30 years professional experience in the oil and gas industry and is presently Vice President, Exploration for Hess, responsible for Europe, North Africa, Asia and Australia. He joined Hess in 2000. Previously, he was Vice President, Exploration, Asset Manager and Group Exploration Advisor for BHP Petroleum, based in London and Australia. Prior to joining BHP Petroleum, Andrew worked for BP as a geophysicist principally in South East Asia, Europe and North Africa.

Andrew has an honours degree in Mining Geology from the University of Wales and a Masters in Applied Geophysics from the University of Leeds. He is a fellow of the Geological Society.

Robin Allan, currently Director of Business Development, will transfer to Singapore as Director -- Asia with effect from June 1, 2009. Robin joined Premier from Burmah Oil in July 1986, working initially as a geologist. After technical and new venture roles he spent six years in South East Asia, initially managing Premier's Asian existing and new venture business and later becoming Premier's Country Manager in Indonesia. He became a member of the Premier Board on December 9, 2003.

Barry O'Donnell, currently Asia Business Unit Manager will be leaving Premier in May 2009 to pursue other opportunities.