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InterOil Scales-Up PNG Operations

SINGAPORE, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- InterOil Corporation (NYSE: IOC; POMSoX: IOC) today announced the relocation of core functions from its 100-person office in Cairns, Australia, to support expanding operations in Papua New Guinea ("PNG"). The Cairns office will close by the end of the year.

The decision to increase capacity in PNG comes as InterOil is finalizing an agreement with Total S.A. of France (CAC: TOT; NYSE: TOT) to develop a multi-billion dollar LNG project in PNG. Work continues on completing the Total agreement by the end of Q1 2014, including the buy-out of minority interests.

Putting Resources Where Impact is Greatest 
InterOil's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Michael Hession, said the relocation of core functions would put resources where they are most needed. "PNG is our base, and where all our activities are, including exploration, refining, and distribution – and, of course, the LNG project. It makes sense to focus our workforce there," Dr. Hession said.

A New Drilling Campaign Begins 
InterOil has also begun a new round of drilling as part of its exploration activities across almost 4 million acres in PNG. The company plans to drill up to eight wells in the next 12-15 months. The drilling of each well is expected to take about three months. Currently, 1100 people are working in the field on the seismic program and preparation for drilling operations. The commencement of drilling operations will employ an additional 300 people.

Well

License

Progress

Wahoo 1  Exploration

PPL236

  • Camp commissioned on January 20, and fully functional
  • Cellar and rig pad construction completed
  • Mini camp in place
  • Communications set up, and 80% complete
  • Rig loads mobilising from Napa Napa to site; 25% complete
  • Rig has two rig crews on site
  • Rig-up operations 10% complete

Raptor 1  Exploration

PPL237

  • Water source 100% cleared
  • Camp preparation 10% complete
  • Cutting to grade 60% complete
  • Rig started moving on January 14

Bobcat 1  Exploration

PPL238

  • Cutting to grade 100% complete
  • Cellar construction 100% complete
  • Pad construction 60% complete
  • Drill camp construction 70% complete
  • Rig move started on January 17 (five days ahead of schedule) and now 30% on site

Antelope 4  Appraisal

PRL15

  • Final site coordinates under review
  • Well-site planning is underway
  • Landowner agreement in place and signed

About InterOil
InterOil Corporation is a vertically integrated oil and gas company in Papua New Guinea. It has exploration interests over approximately 3.9 million acres (about 1.6 million hectares) and holds a major interest in the large Elk-Antelope gas field, which is being developed for a liquefied natural gas project with Total of France. InterOil owns and operates Papua New Guinea's only oil refinery, and operates an extensive petroleum retail and commercial distribution network. It has corporate headquarters in Singapore and its operations office in Port Moresby and employs more than 1000 people. InterOil is listed on the New York and Port Moresby stock exchanges. 

Investor contacts for InterOil


Wayne Andrews, Vice President Capital Markets

Meg LaSalle, Investor Relations Coordinator

[email protected]

[email protected]

Phone: +1-281-292-1800

Phone: +1-281-292-1800



Media contacts for InterOil


John Hurst, Cannings Corporate Communications


[email protected]


Phone: +61 418 708 663


Forward Looking Statements 
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" as defined in United States federal and Canadian securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that InterOil expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including in particular, the development the proposed Gulf LNG Project, the use of gas from the Elk and Antelope fields, the purchase of minority interests in PRL15, expectations regarding the ability to achieve a satisfactory conclusion or any conclusion of the partnering process and the timing of a conclusion of the partnering process, the proposed 8 well drilling program to be completed in 12-15 months, business prospects and strategies. These statements are based on our current beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to us, including discussions with minority interest owners and closing of the proposed LNG partnering with Total SA. No assurances can be given however, that these events will occur. Actual results could differ, and the difference may be material and adverse to the Company and its shareholders. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause our actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include the risk factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and on SEDAR, including but not limited to those in the Company's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2012 on Form 40-F and its Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2012. In particular, there is no established market for natural gas or gas condensate in Papua New Guinea and no guarantee that gas or gas condensate from the Elk and Antelope fields will ultimately be able to be extracted and sold commercially. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in the Company's Form 40-F, available from us at www.interoil.com or from the SEC at www.sec.gov and its Annual Information Form available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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