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NOVATEK acquires 51% interest in Sibneftegas

Moscow, 17 December 2010. OAO NOVATEK (“NOVATEK” and/or the “Company”) announced today the closing of the transaction to acquire a 51% interest in OAO Sibneftegas (“Sibneftegas”), by the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, OOO NOVATEK Severo-Zapad, from OAO Gazprombank. The acquisition price for the 51% interest amounted to RR 26,883 million.
In accordance with the terms of the share purchase agreement, the Company made an initial payment of RR 4,650 million, with the outstanding balance due by the end of 2011. In conjunction with the acquisition NOVATEK has refinanced 51% of Sibneftegas’ total debt in an amount not exceeding RR 11,040 million.
Sibneftegas holds subsoil exploration and production licenses for the Beregovoye, Pyreinoye, and Zapadno-Zapolyarnoye fields and the Khadyryakhinskiy license area, which are located in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region. The Beregovoye and Pyreinoye fields are currently engaged in commercial production of natural gas and produced 8.9 billion cubic meters in the first eleven months of 2010. The remaining field and license area are in the early stages of geological exploration.
Sibneftegas’ proved reserves appraised by DeGolyer and MacNaughton under the PRMS reserves methodology as of 31 December 2009 totaled 290.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 1.7 million tons of liquid hydrocarbons.

PAO NOVATEK is one of the largest independent natural gas producers in Russia, and in 2017, entered the global LNG market by successfully launching the Yamal LNG project. Founded in 1994, the Company is engaged in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons. Upstream activities of the Company’s subsidiaries and joint ventures are concentrated mainly in the prolific Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, which is the world’s largest natural gas producing area and accounts for approximately 80% of Russia’s natural gas production and approximately 15% of the world’s gas production. NOVATEK is a public joint stock company established under the laws of the Russian Federation.