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Update on SONA Transaction

20 October 2014

Following the recent announcement on 21 July concerning the transaction to divest of an interest in the Greater Bualuang Area, Salamander today announces that it has submitted a draft shareholder circular to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Salamander previously announced on 21 July 2014 the signing of an agreement under which Sona Petroleum Berhard (“SONA”) would acquire an effective 40% working interest in the B8/38 concession (containing the Bualuang oil field) and the surrounding G4/50 concession, both located in the Gulf of Thailand (together the “Transaction”).

Salamander understands that SONA is expecting to receive clearance from the Malaysian Securities Commission (“MSC”) in the coming weeks. Once the MSC clearance has been received then both parties intend to seek their respective shareholder approvals in accordance with their contractual obligations under the SPA. Completion of the Transaction is conditional on, amongst other things, obtaining these approvals and is expected to occur before the end of 2014, in keeping with the timetable previously outlined.


Salamander Energy                                                                                    
James Menzies, Chief Executive Officer
Geoff Callow, Head of Corporate Affairs
+ 44 (0)20 7432 2680

Brunswick Group                                                                                             
Patrick Handley
Carolina Desmeules
+44 (0)20 7404 5959

Jefferies Hoare Govett (Broker)                                                                              
Chris Zeal
Graham Hertrich
+44 (0) 20 7029 8000

Notes to Editors

About Salamander

Salamander Energy is an independent upstream oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: SMDR). The Group has a balance of producing, development and exploration assets in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

About SONA

SONA is a special purpose acquisition company ("SPAC") listed on the Malaysian stock exchange formed by a group of experienced senior executives from the oil and gas industry targeting the acquisition of upstream assets in SE Asia and elsewhere.


This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities whether pursuant to this announcement or otherwise.

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