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

Following the announcement on 6 December 2006 regarding the death of Patrick Maugein, the Company announces that the Board of Directors of SOCO has unanimously approved the appointment of Rui de Sousa as Non-Executive Chairman. Mr de Sousa has been a non-executive member of the Board of SOCO since July 1999.

7 December 2006


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

Pharos Energy plc is aware of attempts to impersonate the company under its previous name, SOCO International plc, on social media. Pharos does not have a Facebook page.