Wildcat Petroleum Plc (WCAT), a company targeting investment opportunities in business and assets within the upstream sector of the petroleum industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of TBP-GEO as petroleum consultants. Their role is to assist WCAT secure oil production contracts in Iran if sanctions against Iran are eased by the United States of America, the United Kingdom and others. WCAT will not engage in any business activity with the Islamic Republic of Iran as long as sanctions imposed by the United States, United Kingdom and European Union prevent it from doing so.
TBP-GEO are highly experienced petroleum consultants who are familiar with the Iranian oil industry after spending nearly 20 years working with the National Oil Company of Iran ("NIOC"). Between 1999 -2002 one of the principals at TBP-GEO was involved through Global Geo Services ASA ("GGS"), the geology and seismic exploration consultancy, in the planning and execution of a 2D seismic survey of 106,000 km (PC-2000) in Iranian territorial waters (Persian Gulf & Oman Sea). Since then, GGS has worked on the marketing and sale of this data-set in agreement with NIOC, only when international sanctions allowed them to do so. The principals at TBP-GEO continue to be involved in the day to day running of GGS.
Wildcat director, Glyn Roberts, was also involved with the Iranian multi-client seismic survey - including sales and marketing of the results - this during the period 2000 to 2005. He is currently business partner at Spec Partners Ltd with one of the principals of TBP-GEO. Due to his long-term business and personal relationship with both principals of TBP-GEO he has recused himself from discussions concerning the appointment of TBP-GEO.
The agreement between the Company and TBP-GEO will remain dormant until the United States, United Kingdom and European Union ease sanctions, such that WCAT can legally conduct petroleum business in the country. Until such point, neither Wildcat, nor TBP-GEO on behalf of Wildcat, will conduct any business with the Iranian regime. Only when the United States, United Kingdom and European Union come to an agreement with Iran on the Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) and clearance has been given by both the British and American governments and the European Commission will Wildcat and TBP-GEO seek to secure an oil deal in Iran. At all times WCAT will comply with the terms and conditions of any international sanctions imposed on Iran by the either the USA, EU or UK.
TBP-GEO has received an on-boarding fee of £7,500 which was satisfied by the issue of 300,000 warrants with an exercise price of 0.5p which vested immediately.
Mandhir Singh, Chairman of Wildcat, commented: "The ultimate aim of WCAT has consistently been to become a profitable oil producing company. Currently, in Vienna, there are talks mainly between Iran and the USA aimed at resurrecting the Iran Nuclear Deal. The management of WCAT believes that there is a significant chance that these talks will be successful and subsequently sanctions will be eased by the USA in the near term. The appointment of TBP-GEO, I believe places the company in a stronger position to successfully negotiate a deal if sanctions are lifted. However, even if sanctions are lifted there can be no guarantee that WCAT will successfully enter into an oil deal in Iran, and it will continue looking to source an appropriate asset elsewhere especially on the continent of Africa."
Trond Christoffersen, CEO of TBP-GEO, commented: "We look forward to working with WCAT in order to assist them in achieving their goal of becoming a producing oil company. As a sign of our confidence in sourcing an appropriate Iranian petroleum asset when sanctions are lifted we have decided to take our compensation in terms of equity in WCAT (warrants)."