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VNG takes share of three new licenses in Norway

Good outcome for VNG Norge AS in 2009 APA round

(PresseBox) (Leipzig, ) VNG Norge AS, the Norwegian subsidiary of VNG - Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft, has been awarded a share in three further exploration licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is thus progressing with the expansion of its license portfolio. As part of the 2009 round of Awards in Predefined Areas (APA), the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy allocated the company three new licenses. VNG Norge AS will hold a 20 percent share in each of the two licenses PL 547 S and PL 505 BS in the Norwegian North Sea (operator: Marathon Petroleum Norge AS), and will probably take a 30 percent share in the third license PL 559 in the Norwegian Sea (operator: Rocksource ASA).

The new exploration licenses are located in the vicinity of the licenses already acquired in the areas targeted by VNG Norge AS. The work program associated with license acquisition primarily concerns the reprocessing of seismic data and preparations for exploration wells.

"VNG Norge AS was awarded shares in exploration licenses in all quadrants for which applications were filed. That confirms we are acknowledged as a potential exploration and production partner in Norway," VNG Executive Board Member for Gas Procurement Michael Ludwig said. "The new licenses help us towards our goal of meeting roughly ten percent of our annual sales volumes from equity gas within the next eight to ten years," Ludwig added.

Now in its seventh year, the APA system applies for mature licensing areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf where geological surveys have already been conducted and where some infrastructure is already in place.

The VNG Group has been active in Norway with VNG Norge AS since 2006. When VNG acquired Endeavour Energy Norge AS in April 2009 it gained direct access to the production of gas and oil through that company's participations in the producing fields of Brage and Njord and switched from licensee status to operator status. The merger with VNG Norge AS took place in October 2009. The company has offices in Stavanger und Oslo.

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