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WESSEX EXPLORATION PLC (WSX.LN) shares soared 36% after French energy giant Total SA (TOT) Monday announced an initial takeover approach that values the company at GBP71.9 million.
Total's preliminary offer of 10 pence a share for Wessex, which is a minority stakeholder in the potentially lucrative Zaedyus prospect in French Guiana, represents a 40% premium to its closing share price Friday. Total holds a 25% interest in the same well.
Wessex and Northern Petroleum PLC (NOP.LN) each control half of a 2.5% interest in Zaedyus.
At 1520 GMT, Wessex shares +2.2 pence, or 30%, at 9.55 pence.
Northern shares +14.5 pence, or 19%, at 90 pence.
CAPITAL DRILLING LTD. (CAPD.LN), an emerging markets-focused drilling services company, Monday reported significant earnings growth for 2011 as demand for its services rose, leading to expansion into new countries and an increase in its drilling rig fleet size at it prepares for continued growth.
Executive Chairman Jamie Boyton said: "The current year has seen a strengthening in demand for quality drilling services, and this continues to translate into high rates of rig utilization and solid earnings visibility for the year ahead."
Shares +3 pence, or 3.5%, at 88 pence.
TRAP OIL GROUP PLC (TRAP.LN), an independent U.K. oil company, said it has agreed to buy a 15% stake in the Athena oil field from Dyas U.K. Ltd., a subsidiary of SHV Holdings NV, the largest privately owned conglomerate in the Netherlands.
Trap expects the GBP34.5 million acquisition of the North Sea oil field will be "transformational, cash generative and, together with tax synergies and anticipated hedging," should generate enhanced returns.
Shares +1.0 pence, or 4.1%, at 25.3 pence.
VALIANT PETROLEUM PLC (VPP.LN), a Norway and U.K.-focused oil company, said it has signed a deal with Rocksource ASA (RGT.OS) to take stakes in most of its licenses in the Norwegian continental shelf for about 104 million Norwegian kroner ($18.12 million).
Valiant said the transaction will add to its existing acreage position in Norway including licenses in the Norwegian North Sea, Mid Norway and the Barents Sea.
Shares +2.5 pence, or 0.5%, at 524.5 pence.
CADOGAN PETROLEUM PLC (CAD.LN), a Ukraine-focused oil group, said it has been advised by Eni SpA (ENI.MI) that, after analysis of the results for the Pokroskvoe 1 and Pokroskvoe 2a wells, Eni won't exercise its option to acquire a second 30% of Pokroskvoe Petroleum BV, the company holding the license.
The Pokrovskoe exploration license covers 49.5 square kilometers in north Ukraine and is estimated to contain around 51.06 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Last month, Cadogan ended operations on the Pokrovskoe 2a well after equipment got stuck in the well when trying to drill to a deeper section.
Shares -2.4 pence, or 8.7%, at 25.0 pence.
RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION LTD. (WIND.LN), a U.K.-focused wind farm developer, posted a swing to profit in the first half of fiscal 2012 on increased energy output and expects further earnings growth as new projects head toward fruition.
"REG has continued to make encouraging progress over the period. We now have 41 MWs [megawatts] of operational wind projects with a further 16 MWs under construction which will increase our output of renewable energy by around 40%," Chief Executive Andrew Whalley said.
Shares flat at 49.9 pence.
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-By Iain Packham and Alexis Flynn, Dow Jones Newswires; +44 (0) 20 7842 9296; email@example.com