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Islandmagee signs new EU Grant Agreement

Date: 30 Jun 2016

30 June 2016

 

Baron Oil plc

(“Baron” or the “Company”)

Islandmagee signs new EU Grant Agreement

 

The Board of Baron (AIM:BOIL) notes the announcement released today by InfraStrata plc (“InfraStrata”) regarding the conclusion of a grant agreement with the European Commission for its Islandmagee gas storage project in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Baron signed a Convertible Loan Facility Agreement with Infrastrata with respect to the Islandmagee gas storage project in May 2015. As announced on 25 May 2016 Baron has an option until 31 March 2017 (or until the loan is repaid if that is earlier) to convert the loan balance into a 15% equity participation in the share capital of InfraStrata’s subsidiary, Islandmagee Storage Limited (the owner of the gas storage project). The InfraStrata announcement is repeated in full below:

“InfraStrata plc (AIM:INFA), the independent petroleum exploration and gas storage company, is pleased to announce it has now concluded a grant agreement with the European Commission under the Connecting Europe Facility (“CEF”) for 50%, up to a maximum of €4.024 million, of the costs associated with the Front End Engineering & Design (“FEED”) for its Islandmagee gas storage project (the “Project”) under development in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The Project is being developed in a joint venture between InfraStrata (65%) and local energy infrastructure company Mutual Energy Limited (“MEL”) (35%).

The Company is working with MEL and advisers, as part of an ongoing process announced in March 2016, to secure the new investors who will take this strategically important project through to a Final Investment Decision, targeted for 2017.

The Company is focused on delivering the best outcome for its shareholders by securing new investors over the summer months to enable the FEED to proceed as programmed and to meet other project commitments as they fall due, including land option payments, adviser and project management costs. Discussions are ongoing with interested parties and further updates will be provided as appropriate.

The Company is focused on delivering the best outcome for its shareholders by securing new investors over the summer months to enable the FEED to proceed as programmed and to meet other project commitments as they fall due, including land option payments, adviser and project management costs. Discussions are ongoing with interested parties and further updates will be provided as appropriate.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Hindle, CEO of InfraStrata said:

“We are delighted by the continuing support of the European Commission’s CEF programme for the Islandmagee gas storage project. The project will be important for years to come in providing security to gas and electricity supplies on the island of Ireland, in Great Britain and the wider European networks.

The grant support is available by virtue of the project’s Project of Common Interest (“PCI”) status afforded by the European Union and recognising the importance of the project to European energy security. In the context of the island of Ireland, the Project, as well as providing security of gas supplies, will support gas-fired power generation back-up for the roll-out of increased intermittent renewable power generation across the island and thereby help the UK and Ireland meet their carbon reduction targets.

The Company considers that it is premature at this time to make any statement on any longer term impact on the project’s PCI status in the context of the UK referendum result on 23 June and we will continue to engage with the European Commission on the progression of the FEED programme and the project’s development as before.”

 

 

For further information:

Baron Oil Plc

Malcolm Butler (Chief Executive Officer)                          Tel: +44 (0) 1892 249 020

Geoff Barnes (Finance Director)

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Nominated Adviser and Broker

Sarah Wharry (Corporate Finance)                                 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7894 7000

Alex Pollen (Corporate Broking)

 

 

Background on the Islandmagee Storage Project

The Islandmagee gas storage project is owned 65% by a wholly owned subsidiary of InfraStrata plc and 35% by a wholly owned subsidiary of Mutual Energy Limited. Work commenced in 2007 with the acquisition of 3D seismic data to image the Permian salt in the Larne Lough area. During 2012, planning permission was granted for the project and a gas storage licence was issued by the Utility Regulator. In October 2013, the gas storage project was granted a ‘Project of Common Interest’ (“PCI”) status by the European Commission.

Further information is available on the project company’s website www.islandmageestorage.com.

The Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) and Insitu Downhole Testing programme for the Islandmagee gas storage project is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility.

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