TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. ("Eco Atlantic" or the "Company") (TSX-V:EOG) (NSX:EOG) is pleased to announce that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, it has closed the previously announced farm out transaction with Tullow Kudu Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tullow Oil plc. ("Tullow"), including receiving all necessary Government of Namibia approvals, and the entering into an amended and restated joint operating agreement ("JOA") with Tullow, the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia ("NAMCOR"), and Azimuth Namibia Ltd ("Azinam").
As described in the Company's news release dated July 17, 2014, the Company and Tullow have entered into a Farm-Out Agreement (the "Farm-Out Agreement"), pursuant to which Tullow agreed to acquire up to a 40% working interest in the Company's Cooper block (the "Block"). With the signing of the JOA, all of the conditions in the Farm-Out Agreement with respect to the initial transfer of a 25% working interest in the Block have been satisfied. Eco Atlantic expects to receive a contribution of its past costs in the amount of approximately CAD$1 million. Eco Atlantic now holds a 45% carried working interest in the Block, Azimuth holds a 20% working interest, NAMCOR holds a 10% carried working interest and Tullow holds a 25% working interest.
Gil Holzman, Chief Executive Officer of Eco Atlantic commented: "The successful closing of the farm-out transaction with Tullow Oil, and formalization of the amended and restated JOA agreement with our partners Tullow, Azinam and NAMCOR on the Cooper Block, is a very important milestone for Eco. We are pleased to satisfy our work program obligations ahead of time, and advance the exploration on the Block. We are confident that our focused exploration program on Cooper will continue to create value for our shareholders and stakeholders."
About Eco Atlantic
Eco Atlantic is an oil and gas exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of unique upstream petroleum opportunities around the world. The Company's objective is to identify technically merited prospective new and developing projects in frontier areas requiring low cost entry. Through a wholly owned Namibian subsidiary ("Eco Namibia"), the Company currently holds three offshore petroleum license blocks covering more than 25,000 square kilometers in the Walvis Basin and one license block covering 23,000 square kilometers, which includes both onshore and offshore areas. Founded in 2008, Eco Namibia enjoys a strong local presence and has a longstanding relationship with the energy and oil and gas sector in Namibia and other maturing exploration plays in Africa.
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CONTACT: For More Information on Eco Atlantic Contact: Gil Holzman President and Chief Executive Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +972.508884529 Charlotte Dilks Investor Relations Manager email@example.com Tel: +1.416.361.2211Source:Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd