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Zenith Energy completes payment for interest in Tunisian assets

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Zenith Energy has made payment for a total of US$250 000 to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company K.S.C.C (KUFPEC), a subsidiary of the State of Kuwait's national oil company, in relation to the acquisition of a 22.5% working interest in the North Kairouan permit and the Sidi El Kilani concession, which contains the Sidi El Kilani oilfield (SLK).

As announced on 20 April 2020, the total consideration payable by Zenith in relation to the acquisition is US$500 000.

Under the terms of the conditional sale and purchase agreement (SPA), first announced on 20 April 2020, signed between Zenith Energy Netherlands B.V. (Zenith Netherlands), a recently incorporated fully owned subsidiary of the company, and KUFPEC (Tunisia) Limited , a 100% subsidiary of KUFPEC, KUFPEC's entitlement of oil produced from SLK since the date of signing of the SPA will belong to Zenith Netherlands.

It is expected that the production revenue generated since the date of signing of the SPA will be sufficient to fully satisfy the second and final consideration payment to be made by the company acquisition by October 2020. Zenith does not therefore expect to raise additional capital to fund the acquisition.

Completion of the acquisition remains conditional on approval being granted by the Comité Consultatif des Hydrocarbures of the Republic of Tunisia in respect of the transfer of the Seller's right, title and interest in and under the acquisition to Zenith Netherlands.

Zenith can confirm that it has initiated the necessary formalities in relation to the aforementioned approval process, and that a decision is expected in due course.

Andrea Cattaneo, CEO, commented: "We are delighted with the favourable terms Zenith has secured in relation to the Tunisian acquisition and we look forward with enthusiasm to beginning activities at SLK in partnership with CNPC and the Tunisian state oil company, Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activités Pétrolières (ETAP).

The company is also actively exploring additional onshore oil production opportunities in the Republic of Tunisia: a safe, democratic jurisdiction with a long-established history of successful oil and gas production activities for independent companies such as Zenith.

As is clear, we are systematically executing our development strategy in Africa across a number of opportunities by diligently deploying our financial resources to maximise the enrichment of our portfolio at a time of great opportunity."

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