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12.07.2007 – 01:18

Chile Ministry of Mining

Magallanes Hydrocarbons Bidding Round Extends Period for Obtaining Term Sheets

Santiago, Chile (ots/PRNewswire)

In view of the great interest
generated internationally in the tender for hydrocarbons exploration
and production (E&P) in Chile's Magallanes Region, the government has
decided to grant an extension of the period for obtaining the term
sheets. This will now close on Thursday, August 9, instead of
Tuesday, July 10, as originally stipulated.
Parties interested in participating in the bidding round must
obtain the term sheets, either personally or through a
representative, from the offices of the Ministry of Mining in
Santiago (Teatinos 120, 9th floor).
In line with this modification of the tender calendar, the period
for obtaining the corresponding technical information - comprising
the geological characteristics of each of the ten blocks included in
the tender - has also been extended. This will still open, as
originally envisaged, on Wednesday, July 11, but will now close on
Thursday, August 9 (instead of Monday, July 30).
The ten blocks put out to tender cover a total area of 32,356
km(2). In three of the blocks (Coiron, Caupolican and Lenga), the
winning company or consortium will be partnered in the project by
ENAP, the state oil company. In the remaining seven blocks
(Tranquilo, Russfin, Porvenir, Brotula, Isla Magdalena, Bahia Inutil
and Otway), the private company or companies will hold 100% of the
block's exploration and exploitation rights. In all ten cases, the
winning bidder will act as the block's operator.
The companies to which the blocks are awarded will sign a Special
Operating Contract (CEOP) with the State of Chile. These contracts
have a maximum duration of 35 years, divided into an Exploration
Phase and a Production Phase.
For further information, please visit the Ministry of Mining's
website www.minmineria.cl.

Contact:

For further information: Julio Nahuellhual Muñoz, Director de
Comunicaciones y Asuntos Públicos, Ministerio de Mineria,
+56-4733054, +564733057, +5693198496, jnahuellhual@minmineria.cl