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Wentworth Resources PLC

12 July 2022

12 July 2022


("Wentworth" or the "Company")

Potential Exercise of Ruvuma Pre-Emption Rights

Wentworth Resources (AIM: WEN ), the independent, Tanzania-focused natural gas production company, notes today's announcement from Scirocco Energy plc ("Scirocco") in relation to the Company's proposed acquisition of the 25% non-operated working interest in the Ruvuma Production Sharing Agreement ("Ruvuma Asset") announced on 13 June 2022 (the "Proposed Acquisition").

Scirocco announced that it has been informed by its partner ARA Petroleum Tanzania Ltd ("ARA") of its intention to exercise its pre-emption rights in relation to the Proposed Acquisition under the terms of the Joint Operating Agreement. This Pre-emption would be subject to approval by the Government of Tanzania.

In addition, Scirocco confirmed that Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation ("TPDC"), the national oil company of Tanzania and wholly owned by the Government of Tanzania, has indicated that it is considering exercising its statutory right of first refusal in relation to the Proposed Acquisition pursuant to Section 86(5) of the Petroleum Act 2015.

Scirocco is now taking advice to understand the implications of these developments and will then enter into discussions with each party to confirm next steps.

In the event that Pre-emption does not proceed, Wentworth remains committed to the Proposed Acquisition.

No payment under the loan facility arrangement has been made to Scirocco and no consideration will be due unless the Proposed Acquisition completes.

Katherine Roe, CEO, Wentworth, said:

"The discussions regarding a potential exercise of pre-emption rights by Scirocco's partners underline the compelling economics of the transaction we constructed, which was designed to be in the best interests of our shareholders and in-country stakeholders with a focus on driving reinvestment into the Ruvuma Asset and into Tanzania.

"We will await the outcome of the pre-emption discussions and provide a further update in due course."


Wentworth Resources               Katherine Roe,                           katherine.roe@wentplc.com 
                                   Chief Executive Officer                  +44 (0) 7841 087 230 
                                  AIM Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker 
                                   Callum Stewart 
                                   Ashton Clanfield 
 Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited    Simon Mensley                            +44 (0) 20 7710 7600 
                                  Joint Broker 
                                   Richard Crichton 
 Peel Hunt LLP                     Alexander Allen                          +44 (0) 20 7418 8900 
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                                   Sara Powell 
                                   Ben Brewerton 
 FTI Consulting                    Ollie Mills                              +44 (0) 20 3727 1000 

About Wentworth Resources

Wentworth Resources plc (AIM: WEN) is a leading, domestic natural gas producer in Tanzania with a core producing asset at Mnazi Bay in the onshore Rovuma Basin in Southern Tanzania.

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