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Oil & Gas Producers 157.4 -14.0 -25.0 - 215.66

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. Statement regarding recent media

17/03/2017 5:16pm

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Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd.

17 March 2017

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17 March, 2017

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (LSE: GKP)

("Gulf Keystone", "GKP" or "the Company")

Statement regarding recent media

Further to reports in the media this week, Gulf Keystone, operator of the Shaikan Field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is today clarifying certain points regarding the marketing of Shaikan crude.

Recent media does not correctly represent the views of the Company and its Executives. The inference is that the company does not know where the Shaikan oil is exported or sold to. This is wrong. The company is fully aware that MNR have a number of international agreements with reputable trading houses for both the trucked Shaikan crude and the blended crude exported through the pipeline to Ceyhan.

In addition, the impression was wrongly given that the MNR was losing out financially by taking the Shaikan crude out of the pipeline. The pipeline exports to Ceyhan without the Shaikan crude is now sold at higher prices by the KRG, and for the export of Shaikan crude by truck the KRG are still achieving similar netback prices as before, therefore these new export arrangements have an economic benefit to the KRG as more value is realised overall.

The Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Natural Resources ("MNR") is exporting all Shaikan crude production via trucks to Turkey in accordance with its stated policy of crude oil export quality management, and better pricing realisation. Shaikan export levels remain steady at ca 38,000 barrels a day. These trucking exports represent an important milestone by establishing a standalone export market for the Shaikan crude.

As previously confirmed, the economic benefit to the Company will be the same as that of the previous framework.

We apologise, in particular to the KRG/MNR, for any confusion and misunderstanding caused.


 Gulf Keystone Petroleum:                 +44 (0) 20 7514 1400 
 Jón Ferrier, CEO 
 Sami Zouari, CFO 
 Kate Leslie, Corporate Communications 
 Celicourt Communications:                +44(0) 20 7520 9266 
 Mark Antelme 
  Jimmy Lea 

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Notes to Editors:

-- Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (LSE: GKP) is a leading independent operator and producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the operator of the Shaikan field with current production capacity of 40,000 barrels of oil per day

   --           Further information on Gulf Keystone is available on its website 


This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements. These statements are made by the Company's Directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this announcement but such statements should be treated with caution due to inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business factors, underlying such forward-looking information. This announcement has been prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders to assess the Group's strategies and the potential for those strategies to succeed. This announcement should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.

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