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The Operational Update is in respect of recent production, development and exploration activities. The information contained herein has not been audited and is subject to further review.

Exploration and appraisal success drives material growth in 2009
Major development projects remain on schedule
Equity Placing1 and Uganda farmdown to address capital structure


Production and Development activities

  • Ugandan pre-emption and farmdown process well advanced, facilitating a basin-wide development plan, with a like-minded partner, best suited to the needs of the Government of Uganda.
  • First phase of Uganda Block 2 development programme underway focused on appraisal drilling, extended well tests and the development of the Kasamene and Nzizi fields.
  • All aspects of the Phase 1 Jubilee development project are on schedule for fourth quarter first oil.
  • Working interest production averaged 58,300 boepd in 2009, in line with previous guidance, and is expected to average 55,000 to 57,000 boepd in 2010.

Exploration and Appraisal activities

  • Record 87% exploration and appraisal success rate in 2009; two successes year to date in 2010.
  • In Ghana, Tweneboa-2 appraisal well establishes Tweneboa as a major oil and gas-condensate field.
  • Up to 12 Equatorial Atlantic, 10 Ugandan and 8 wildcat wells planned for 2010 E&A programme.

Group operations and financials

  • Full year 2009 capital expenditure of £690 million; forecast 2010 expenditure of £990 million, of which 25% is discretionary.
  • Net debt at 31 December 2009 was approximately £720 million.
    Equity placing announced today1 to provide medium term growth capital.

1Full details in a separate Stock Exchange Announcement

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Commenting today, Aidan Heavey, Chief Executive said:

“2009 was another great year for Tullow. We de-risked our portfolio with material discoveries and consolidated our reputation as an exceptional explorer. The Jubilee development in Ghana remains on track and will firmly establish us as an offshore operator in Africa with the ability to deliver world-class projects. Today’s equity placing and Ugandan farmdown will ensure that we have the right capital structure to deliver further material value for all stakeholders across our entire portfolio.
“Aligning interests in Uganda with a like-minded long-term partner represents a unique opportunity to create a basin-wide development plan that truly fulfils the needs and expectations of the Government of Uganda and its people. 
“In the five extraordinary years since the Energy Africa acquisition in 2004, Tullow has become Africa’s leading independent oil company. We have never been in a better position to deliver growth and create opportunities and we look forward to 2010 with confidence.”


This announcement contains certain operational and financial information in relation to 2009 that is subject to final review and has not been audited. Furthermore it contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to the usual risk factors and uncertainties associated with the oil & gas exploration and production business. Whilst the Group believes the expectations reflected herein to be reasonable, the actual outcome may be materially different owing to factors either within or beyond the Group’s control, and accordingly no reliance may be placed on the figures contained in such forward looking statements.

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