A press release issued by Erin Energy, has indicated that the Texas based company has got the approval to extend the initial exploration of oil in The Gambia by a period of two years.Below is the full text of the press release.

May 15, 2015


HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Erin Energy Corporation (“Erin Energy” or the “Company”) (NYSE MKT:ERN) announced today it has received executive approval to extend the initial exploration period for blocks A2 and A5 in The Gambia by 24 months to December 31, 2018. The work program includes the requirement to drill one exploration well in either block during the exploration period.

The Ministry of Petroleum has also approved and will issue the necessary permits to proceed with the Company’s planned multi-client 3D seismic data acquisition on blocks A2 and A5.

Kase Lawal, Chairman and CEO of Erin Energy commented: “The extension of the exploration period of the A2 and A5 licenses is significant and allows us sufficient time to complete the 3D seismic acquisition on the blocks, develop strategic options for creating value for all stakeholders and to drill the exploration well. We are grateful for the support from the government of The Gambia and the staff of the ministry for their cooperation during the negotiations.”

Erin Energy is operator of the A2 and A5 blocks with 100% interest. The A2 and A5 blocks are located approximately 30 miles offshore and on-trend with the recent FAN-1 and SNE-1 oil discoveries offshore Senegal by Cairn, Conoco, Petrosen and FAR.


Erin Energy Corporation is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on energy resources in sub-Saharan Africa. Its asset portfolio consists of 9 licenses across 4 countries covering an area of 43,000 square kilometers (10 million acres), including current production and other exploration projects offshore Nigeria, as well as exploration licenses offshore Ghana, Kenya and Gambia, and onshore Kenya. Erin Energy is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and is listed on the New York and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges under the ticker symbol ERN.

Source: Erin Energy Corporation

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