SOCO International plc ("SOCO" or "the Company")

The Company's majority owned subsidiary, SOCO Vietnam Ltd., announces that the Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has granted the extension of the deadline of the Hoang Long Joint Operating Company's obligation of surrendering the remainder of the Block 16-1 Contract Area until 6th June 2008. This extension has been granted to allow the JOC to complete the currently agreed active work programme.

16 January 2008



ENQUIRIES:


SOCO International plc
Roger Cagle, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 020 7747 2000

Pelham Public Relations
James Henderson, tel: 020 7743 6673
Alisdair Haythornthwaite, tel: 020 7743 6676

NOTES TO EDITORS:


SOCO is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in London, traded on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The Company has interests in Vietnam, Yemen, Thailand, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) and Angola with production operations in Yemen.

SOCO holds its interests in Vietnam, all in the Cuu Long Basin offshore, through its 80% owned subsidiary SOCO Vietnam Ltd. ("SOCO Vietnam") and through its 100% ownership of OPECO, Inc. SOCO Vietnam holds a 25% working interest in Block 9-2, which is operated by the Hoan Vu Joint Operating Company and holds a 28.5% working interest in Block 16-1, which is operated by the Hoang Long Joint Operating Company. OPECO, Inc. holds a 2% interest in Block 16-1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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