Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited Electing to Defer Filings Following CSA Temporary Relief in Light of Coronavirus
Calgary, Canada, March 27, 2020 - Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited ("COPL" or the "Company") (XOP: CSE) & (COPL: LSE), an international oil and gas exploration and development company focused on sub-Sahara Africa, today announces that following the recent relief granted by the Canadian Securities Administrators, it has elected to defer the filing of its Year-End 2019 documents and First Quarter 2020 documents.
Due to the challenges caused by the Coronavirus crisis, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) offered guidance on March 18, 2020 saying it will provide temporary relief from some regulatory filings required to be made on or before June 1, 2020. The blanket relief will provide a 45-day extension for periodic filings. The CSA stated that issuers choosing to rely on this exemption and that are complying with the conditions of the relief will not need to file applications for management cease-trade orders as they will not be noted in default.
About the Company:
Canadian Overseas Petroleum is actively pursuing opportunities in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa in partnership with Shoreline Energy International Limited ("Shoreline") as part of its strategy to generate stable cash flow from secure offshore and onshore assets. The Company and Shoreline, through their jointly held affiliated company Shoreline Canadian Overseas Petroleum Development Corporation ("ShoreCan"), have acquired 80% of the share capital and have taken over the management of Essar Exploration and Production Limited (Nigeria) ("Nigerian Affiliate" or the "Affiliate"). The Company's Nigerian Affiliate has applied to the concessionaire NNPC for formal consent to the change in control of the Nigerian Affiliate. The Affiliate holds an attractive oil appraisal and development project in shallow to mid-water offshore Nigeria on its 100% holding in OPL 226. Drilling of the first appraisal well is planned to commence in 2020. ShoreCan is continuing building a portfolio of exploration and development assets in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, ShoreCan has taken a position in Nigeria and has been indicatively awarded an exploration license onshore Mozambique in the 5th Licensing Round adjacent to the producing Pande-Temane Gas and light oil field complex.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Arthur Millholland, President & CEO
Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited
Tel: + 1 (403) 262 5441
CHF Investor Relations
Tel: +1 (416) 868 1079 ext. 231
Email: [email protected]
Yellow Jersey PR Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3004 9512
Email: [email protected]
Shard Capital Partners LLP
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7186 9952
The Common Shares are listed under the symbol "XOP" on the CSE and under the symbol "COPL" on the London Stock Exchange.
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