Vancouver, B.C. – March 22, 2016 – TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO and OTCQX: TAOIF) announces that the operator of the offshore Kaheru permit (New Zealand Oil & Gas) has submitted an application to the regulator to surrender the permit on behalf of the PEP 52181 joint venture, upon which TAG holds a 40% interest (New Zealand Oil & Gas 35% and Beach Energy 25%). The economic conditions in the current global energy market could not support drilling the prospect before the commitment date of May 2016. The decision to proceed with submitting an application to surrender the permit transpired after the joint venture explored options to defer or amend work obligations, as was previously disclosed.
Toby Pierce, CEO commented, “The relinquishment of the block containing the Kaheru prospect is the last of several divestments, which have substantially reduced our future liabilities. From this point forward, we’re now in growth mode and plan to participate in the recently announced 2016 New Zealand block offer. Further, we continue to work on joint ventures and acquisitions to grow our portfolio of opportunities. Finally, I’d like to thank our joint venture partners for their work and efforts in trying to move Kaheru forward. Ultimately, the economics just didn’t stack up in today’s commodity markets.”
TAG Oil Ltd.
TAG Oil Ltd. (https://tagoil.com/) is a development-stage Australasian focussed oil and gas production and exploration company with extensive operations and production infrastructure in the Taranaki Basin region of New Zealand. As one of New Zealand’s leading operators, TAG is positioned for reserve-based growth with high impact exploration upside in the lightly explored Taranaki discovery fairway. As a low cost, high netback oil and gas producer, TAG is debt-free and reinvests its cash flow into development opportunities and exploration drilling along trend with the Company’s existing production.
For further information:
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainty affecting the business of TAG. Such statements can be generally, but not always, be identified by words such as “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “guidance”, “schedules”, “prepares”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur. All estimates and statements with respect to operations are forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation: risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation and production, geological risks, marketing and transportation, availability of adequate funding, volatility of commodity prices, environmental risks, competition from other producers, and changes in the regulatory and taxation environment. Actual results may vary materially from the information provided in this release, and there is no representation by TAG Oil that the actual results realized in the future would be the same in whole or in part as those presented herein.
Other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements are also set forth in filings that TAG and its independent evaluator have made, including TAG’s most recently filed reports in Canada under NI 51-101, which can be found under TAG’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. TAG undertakes no obligation, except as otherwise required by law, to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors change.