Northern Takes Bigger Bite of West Netherlands Basin

An exploration license covering the Kerkwijk South gas prospect has been awarded to Northern Petroleum Nederland B.V. ('NPN'), a wholly owned Dutch subsidiary of Northern. The Engelen Exploration License ('Engelen') covers 97km² in the West Netherlands Basin, an area where NPN already holds four other exploration and production licenses (Andel III, Papekop, Utrecht and Waalwijk). The prospect has been mapped from existing seismic data and is on trend to the Kerkwijk gas discovery drilled in 1988.

The license application, in which NPN has a 100% interest, will run for 4 years and was submitted in March 2009 in competition to the prior application of a third party. Engelen is adjacent to NPN's Utrecht license which contains two undeveloped discoveries of immediate interest with a total gas in place 242 bcf (P50) and exploration prospects which will be evaluated in conjunction with the Engelen license.

Upon future conversion to a production license NPN's 100% interest is by law subject to the election by Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. ('EBN') to acquire a 40% paying participating interest.

Derek Musgrove, Managing Director of Northern, stated, "This award is pleasing. It was processed within 7 months, it was gained in a competitive process and it contains a mapped structure near to a gas discovery in the main play fairway. It is our 9th license in The Netherlands bringing the gross total area in which NPN holds a license interest to 3497 km²."