(“SOCO” or the “Company”)

Preparations for testing of the Te Giac Den appraisal well, TGD-2X, on Block 16-1 in the Cuu Long Basin offshore Vietnam, have been extended for approximately two weeks. Pressure control packers and seals downhole have been impacted by the high temperatures in the well requiring changes to the original programme and modifications to equipment to ensure a safe operation.

Further to the announcement on 20 July 2010, SOCO announces that it has today completed the disposal of its wholly owned subsidiary SOCO Thailand LLC to Salamander Energy plc.

20 September 2010


SOCO International plc
Antony Maris, Tel 020 7747 2000

Pelham Bell Pottinger                                      
James Henderson, Tel: 020 7861 3232
Evgeniy Chuikov, Tel: 020 7861 3232


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