Immediate Release 13 October 2008
Gulfsands Petroleum plc ("the Company")
Notification of Major Interests in Shares
The Company was notified on 10 October 2008 by Schroder plc that
following an acquisition of shares on 9 October, Schroders Investment
Management Limited ("SIML") is now the registered holder of
16,650,275 shares representing 14.14% of the Company's issued share
The notice goes on to say that SIML has voting rights over 15,150,275
shares, representing 12.87% of the total number of voting rights in
For more information please contact:
Gulfsands Petroleum (London) +44 (0)20-7182-4016
Kenneth Judge, Director of Corporate Development +44 (0)7733-001-002
Jon Bey, Investor Relations: North America + 1 866 689 2599
Buchanan Communications Limited (London) +44 (0)20-7466-5000
RBC Capital Markets (London) +44 (0)20-7653 4804
Andrew K. Smith
Gulfsands is listed on AIM.
Gulfsands owns a 50% working interest and is operator of Block 26 in
North East Syria. The Khurbet East oil field was discovered following
the completion of drilling of the KHE-1 well in June 2007 and
commenced commercial production within 13 months of the discovery.
This field is currently producing in excess of 11,500 barrels of oil
per day through the Khurbet East Early Production Facility (EPF).
Block 26 covers approximately 8,250 square kilometres and encompasses
existing fields which currently produce over 100,000 barrels of oil
per day. These fields are operated mainly by the Syria Petroleum
Company. On 23 August 2007, the Company initiated the first extension
period of exploration on Block 26 for a further period of three
Gulfsands signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2005 with
the Ministry of Oil in Iraq for the Maysan Gas Project in Southern
Iraq and following completion of a feasibility study on the project
is negotiating details of definitive contract for this regionally
important development. The project will gather, process and transmit
natural gas that is currently a waste by-product of oil production
and as a result of the present practice of gas flaring, contributes
to significant environmental damage in the region.
Gulf of Mexico, USA
The Company owns interests in 48 offshore blocks comprising
approximately 168,000 gross acres which includes numerous producing
oil and gas fields offshore Texas and Louisiana with proved and
probable recoverable reserves net to Gulfsands at 31 December 2007 of
41.5 BCFGE (6.9 MMBOE), consisting of 27.3 BCFG and 2.36 MMBO.
Gulfsands owns interests in two oil and gas fields onshore Texas, USA
(98.5% working interest in Emily Hawes Field and 37.5% working
interest in Barb Mag Field) with proved and probable recoverable
reserves net to Gulfsands at 31 December 2007 of 3.1 BCFGE (0.5
MMBOE), consisting of 2.8 BCFG and 57,000 barrels of oil.
Certain statements included herein constitute 'forward-looking
statements' within the meaning of applicable securities legislation.
These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions
made by Gulfsands and as such are not a guarantee of future
performance. Actual results could differ materially from those
expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to
factors such as general economic and market conditions, increased
costs of production or a decline in oil and gas prices. Gulfsands is
under no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.
More information can be found on the Company's website
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