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

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 continuing interests in Vietnam, Yemen, Thailand and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) with ongoing production operations in Yemen.

The Company announces the finalisation of the award announced in August 2005 of a 75% working interest in the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) covering the Marine XI block, offshore the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). During its extraordinary session, the Congolese Parliament and the Senate approved the terms of the Marine XI PSC. The law became effective 30 March when signed by the President of the Republic.

05 April 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


SOCO holds its interests in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) through its 85% owned subsidiary SOCO Exploration and Production Congo ("SOCO EPC"). SOCO EPC is the designated operator of Marine XI.

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