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PTT Exploration gets Mozambique consent for Cove Energy acquisition

BANGKOK -- Thailand' s PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) is on track to completing its acquisition of Africa-focused exploration company, Cove Energy, after the Mozambique government approved the change in control of Cove' s stake in a gas field in that country.

The Thai company said in a statement 94.32% of Cove' s shareholders have accepted the cash offer made by its wholly owned unit PTT Africa Investment Ltd., which last month outbid Royal Dutch Shell' s offer for Cove.

Interest in Cove, a modestly sized exploration company, has been fueled by the company' s stake in one of the world' s most promising new gas resource areas. Cove' s main asset, an 8.5% stake in a gas field off Mozambique' s coast operated by Anadarko Petroleum, offers energy companies a speedy way to get a foothold in the region.

Cove has an 8.5% participating interest in the Rovuma Project in Mozambique, which has estimated gas reserves of up to 60 Tcf. It also has a 10% stake in the Rovuma Onshore Area, also in Mozambique, as well as interests ranging from 10%-25% across seven Kenya deepwater blocks.

Dow Jones Newswires



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