Gulf Keystone Draws Down Funds, Issues Equity

Gulf Keystone has today drawn down £800,000 of its £30 million Standby Equity Distribution Agreement ("SEDA") with YA Global Master SPV Ltd ('YA'), the signing of which was announced by Gulf Keystone on the May 7, 2009.

This draw down of funds is the first under the SEDA and brings to £800,000 the amount of funds drawn down to date.

Under the terms of the SEDA, the Company has allotted, conditional on admission, 5,199,239 new commonshares of $0.01 each to YA. These shares will rank pari passu in all respects with existing issued common shares in the Company. The new common shares have been issued at approximately 15.39 pence per share representing a five per cent discount to the lowest daily volume weighted average price during the eight trading days prior to this announcement.

In addition the Company has also placed with an existing investor 1,000,000 new common shares of $0.01 each at 15.39 pence per share raising gross proceeds of £153,900.

The funds will be used to advance the development of Gulf Keystone's projects in Kurdistan and Algeria.

Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for 6,199,239 new common shares of $0.01 each to be admitted to trading on AIM. It is expected that the admission will become effective and that trading will commence on May 27, 2009.

The total issued share capital of Gulf Keystone following this allotment will be 391,941,100 Common Shares. The Company does not hold any Common Shares in treasury and so the total number of voting rights in the Company is 391,941,100.