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NOVATEK increases its stake in exploration licenses

Moscow, 15 February 2010. OAO NOVATEK (“NOVATEK” and/or the “Company”) today announced that it has increased its participation in the share capital of OOO Oiltechprodukt-Invest, OOO Petra Invest-M and OOO Tailiksneftegas through the acquisition of an additional 26% participation interest in each company from United Capital Partners Oil and Gas Private Equity Fund, L.P., a member of the family of funds managed by United Capital Partners. The acquisition increases NOVATEK’s participation interest in these companies to 51%, which provides the Company with both corporate and operational control of their activities.

The aforementioned companies hold the exploration licenses to Sredniy Chaselskiy, Severo Russkiy, Zapadno-Tazovskiy, Anomalniy and Severo-Yamsoveyskiy license areas while NOVATEK’s wholly owned subsidiaries, NOVATEK-Tarkosaleneftegas and NOVATEK-Yurkharovneftegas, are acting as operators for the exploration works at the license areas. As a result of ongoing exploration work, NOVATEK discovered the Zapadno-Chaselskoye field within the Sredniy Chaselskiy license area, and plans to continue conducting further exploratory works at the other license areas.

The license areas are located in the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Region and are in close proximity to NOVATEK’s existing fields and infrastructure.

The increase in the Company’s participation in the license areas is consistent with its strategy to grow its resource base through exploration and development of greenfield projects.

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.