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HONOR — BROTHERHOOD -
EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION CONTRACT
THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA
KOSMOS ENERGY MAURITANIA
ARTICLE 1 : DEFINITIONS
ARTICLE 2 : SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF THE CONTRACT
ARTICLE 3 : EXPLORATION AUTHORIZATION
ARTICLE 4 : EXPLORATION WORKS OBLIGATION
ARTICLE 5 : ESTABLISHMENT AND APPROVAL OF ANNUAL WORK PROGRAMS
ARTICLE 6 : OBLIGATIONS OF THE CONTRACTOR IN THE CONDUCT OF PETROLEUM OPERATIONS
ARTICLE 7 : RIGHTS OF THE CONTRACTOR IN THE CONDUCT OF PETROLEUM OPERATIONS
ARTICLE 8 : MONITORING OF PETROLEUM OPERATIONS AND ACTIVITY REPORTS — CONFIDENTIALITY
ARTICLE 9 : APPRAISAL OF A DISCOVERY AND GRANTING OF AN EXPLOITATION AUTHORIZATION
ARTICLE 10 : RECOVERY OF PETROLEUM COSTS AND PRODUCTION SHARING
ARTICLE 11 : TAX REGIME
ARTICLE 12 : PERSONNEL
ARTICLE 13 : BONUS
ARTICLE 14 : PRICE AND MEASUREMENT OF HYDROCARBONS
ARTICLE 15 : NATURAL GAS
ARTICLE 16 : TRANSPORT OF HYDROCARBONS BY PIPELINES
ARTICLE 17 : OBLIGATION FOR SUPPLYING THE DOMESTIC MARKET
ARTICLE 18 : IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION
ARTICLE 19 : FOREIGN EXCHANGE
ARTICLE 20 : BOOK-KEEPING, MONETARY UNIT, ACCOUNTING
ARTICLE 21 : PARTICIPATION OF THE STATE
ARTICLE 22 : ASSIGNMENT
ARTICLE 23 : OWNERSHIP, USAGE AND ABANDONMENT OF PROPERTY
ARTICLE 24 : LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
ARTICLE 25 : TERMINATION OF THE CONTRACT
ARTICLE 26 : APPLICABLE LAW AND STABILIZATION OF TERMS
ARTICLE 27 : FORCE MAJEURE
ARTICLE 28 : ARBITRATION AND EXPERTISE
ARTICLE 29 : TERMS FOR APPLICATION OF THE CONTRACT
ARTICLE 30 : ENTRY INTO FORCE
APPENDIX 1 : EXPLORATION PERIMETER
APPENDIX 2 : ACCOUNTING PROCEDURE
APPENDIX 3 : MODEL BANK GUARANTEE
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania (hereafter referred to as « the State »), represented for purposes of these presents by the Minister in Charge of Crude
ON THE ONE HAND,
Kosmos Energy Mauritania, a company under the Cayman Islands laws, having its registered headquarters at 4th Floor Century Yard, Cricket Square, PO
Box 32322, George Town, Grand Cayman KY1, 1209 (hereafter referred to as « the Contractor »), represented herein by John R. KEMP III, having all
powers and being endowed with full authority for these purposes.
ON THE OTHER HAND,
The State and the Contractor being hereafter collectively referred to as « Parties » or individually « Party ».
The State, owner of the deposits and natural accumulations of hydrocarbons contained in the soil and the subsoil of the national territory, wishes to promote
the discovery and the production of hydrocarbons in order to promote economic expansion within the framework instituted by Law No. 2010-033 of 20
July 2010 containing the Crude Hydrocarbons Code;
The Contractor wishes to explore and to exploit, within the framework of this exploration-production contract and pursuant to the Crude Hydrocarbons Code,
the hydrocarbons which may be contained in the perimeter described in Appendix 1 of this Contract, and has shown it possesses the technical and financial
means necessary for this purpose.
IT HAS BEEN AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
ARTICLE 1 : DEFINITIONS
The terms utilized in this text have the following meaning:
« Calendar Year » means a period of twelve (12) consecutive months commencing on the first (1st) of January and terminating on the thirty-first
(31st) of the following December.
« Contract Year » means a period of twelve (12) consecutive months beginning on the Effective Date or the anniversary date of said Effective Date.
« Appendices » (also called Annexes) means the appendices to this Contract consisting of :
The Exploration Perimeter constituting Appendix 1
The Accounting Procedure constituting Appendix 2
The model bank guarantee constituting Appendix 3
« Exploration Authorization » means the authorization referred to in Article 3 of this Contract by which the State authorizes the Contractor to carry
out, on an exclusive basis, all works of prospection and exploration of Hydrocarbons within the Exploration Perimeter.
« Exploitation Authorization » means the authorization granted to the Contractor to carry out, on an exclusive basis, all works of development and
of exploitation of the deposits of Hydrocarbons within the Exploitation Perimeter.
« Barrel» means « U.S. barrel », or 42 American gallons (159 liters) measured at the temperature of 60°F (15.6 °C) and at atmospheric pressure.
« BTU » means the British unit of energy « British Thermal Unit » in such manner that a million BTU (MMBTU) is equal to approximately
« Annual Budget » means the detailed estimate of the cost of Petroleum Operations defined in an Annual Work Program.
« Crude Hydrocarbons Code » means Law No. 2010-033 of 20 July 2010 containing the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, its amendments and its
« Environmental Code » means Law No. 2000-045 of 26 July 2000 containing the Environmental Code, its amendments and its application texts.
« Contractor » means collectively or individually the company(ies) signing this Contract as well as any entity or company to which an interest
would be assigned in application of Articles 21 and 22 of this Contract.
« Contract » means this text as well as its appendices and amendments.
In the case of contradiction between the provisions of this text and those of its appendices, the
provisions of this text shall prevail.
« Petroleum Costs » means all the costs and expenses incurred by the Contractor in execution of Petroleum Operations provided for in this Contract
and determined according to the Accounting Procedure, the subject of Appendix 2 to this Contract.
« Effective Date » means the date of entry into force of this Contract such as it is defined in Article 30.
« Dollar » means the dollar of the United States of America ($).
« State » means the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
« Gross Negligence » means imprudence or negligence of such gravity that it raises a presumption of malicious intent on the part of the person
responsible for such action .
« Wet Gas » means Natural Gas containing a fraction of elements becoming liquid at ambient pressure and temperature, justifying the creation of a
facility to recover such liquids.
« Natural Gas » means all gaseous hydrocarbons produced from a well, including Wet Gas and Dry Gas which may be associated or nonassociated with liquid hydrocarbons and the residual gas which is obtained after extraction of the liquids from Natural Gas.
« Associated Natural Gas » means the Natural Gas existing in a reservoir in a solution with Crude Petroleum or in the form of “Gas Cap” in contact
with Crude Petroleum, and which is produced or may be produced in association with the Crude Petroleum.
« Non-Associated Natural Gas » means Natural Gas excluding Associated Natural Gas.
« Dry Gas » : means Natural Gas containing essentially methane, ethane and inert gases.
« Hydrocarbons » means liquid and gaseous or solid hydrocarbons, in particular oil sands and oil shale.
« LIBOR » means the annual interbank rate applicable for the Dollar as published by the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal or any other
comparable publication of reference.
« Ministry » means the Ministry in Charge of Crude Hydrocarbons.
« Minister » means the Minister in Charge of Crude Hydrocarbons.
« Operator » means the company designated in Article 6.2 here below in charge of the conduct and the execution of Petroleum Operations or any
company which would later be substituted for it according to applicable terms.
« Petroleum Operations » means all operations of exploration, exploitation, storage, transport and marketing of Hydrocarbons, including therein
operations of evaluation/appraisal, development, production, separation, processing up until the Delivery Point, as well as the
remediation of the sites to their prior condition, and, more generally, all other operations directly or indirectly linked to the foregoing, carried out by
the Contractor within the framework of this Contract, with the exclusion of refining and distribution of petroleum products.
« Ouguiya » means the currency of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
« Exploitation Perimeter » means all or part of the Exploratation Perimeter for which the State, within the context of this Contract, grants to the
Contractor an Exploitation Authorization pursuant to the provisions of Article 9 here below .
« Exploration Perimeter » means the surface defined in Appendix 1, reduced, as the case may be, by relinquishments provided for in Article 3 and/or
by Exploitation Perimeters, for which the State, in the context of this Contract, grants to the Contractor an Exploration Authorization pursuant to the
provisions of Article 2.1 here below.
« Crude Petroleum » means all liquid Hydrocarbons in the natural state or obtained from Natural Gas by condensation or separation as well as
« Delivery Point means:
For Crude Petroleum, the loading point F.O.B. of the Crude Petroleum as may be further defined more precisely in the possible lifting
agreement(s) the Parties may enter into.
For Natural Gas, the Delivery Point set by common agreement between the Parties pursuant to Article 15 of this Contract.
« Remediation Plan » means the document detailing the program of work to be carried out by the Contractor at the expiration, the surrender or the
canceling of an Exploitation Authorization, pursuant to Article 23.2 here below.
« Annual Work Program » means the descriptive document, item by item, of the Petroleum Operations to be carried out during the course of a
Calendar Year within the framework of this Contract prepared pursuant to the provisions of Articles 4, 5 and 9 here below.
« Affiliated company » means:
Any company or any other entity which controls or is controlled, directly or indirectly, by a company or entity, party to this contract, or
Any company or any other entity which controls or is controlled, directly or indirectly, by a company or entity which itself controls directly
or indirectly any company or entity, party to this contract.
For purposes of this definition, the term « control » means the direct or indirect ownership by a
company or any other entity of a percentage of capital stock or shares greater than fifty percent (50%) of the voting rights at the shareholders’ meeting
of another company or entity.
« Third Party » means any natural person or legal entity other than the State, the Contractor and the Affiliated Companies of the Contractor.
« Quarter » means a period of three (3) consecutive months beginning on the first day of January, April, July or October of each Calendar Year.
ARTICLE 2 : SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF THE
Pursuant to the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, the State hereby authorizes the Contractor to carry out on an exclusive basis in the Exploration Perimeter defined in
Appendix 1 the appropriate and necessary Petroleum Operations within the framework of this Contract.
This Contract is entered into for the duration of the Exploration Authorization such as provided for in Article 3 of this Contract, including therein its
renewal periods and possible extensions, and, in the case of a commercial discovery, for the duration of the Exploitation Authorizations which will
have been granted, such as defined in Article 9.11 here below.
This Contract shall terminate if, at the expiration of all of the exploration phases provided for in Article 3, the Contractor has not notified the State of
its decision to develop a commercial Hydrocarbons deposit and applied for an Exploitation Authorization relative to such deposit, pursuant to the
provisions of Article 9.5 here below.
In the event of the grant of more than one Exploitation Authorization and unless there is an early termination, this Contract will expire upon the
expiration of the last current valid Exploitation Authorization.
The expiration, surrender or termination of this Contract for whatever reason it may be, shall not free the Contractor from his obligations under this
Contract, which came into being prior to the time of such expiration, surrender or termination, which obligations must be carried out by the
The Contractor shall have the responsibility to carry out the Petroleum Operations provided for in this Contract. For their execution he undertakes to
comply with good oilfield practice of the international petroleum industry and to comply with norms and standards decreed by Mauritanian
regulations in matters of industrial safety, protection of the environment, and operational techniques.
The Contractor shall supply all the financial and technical means necessary for the proper functioning of the Petroleum Operations and shall bear in
full all the risks linked to the execution of said Operations, and without prejudice to the provisions of Article 21 of this Contract. The Petroleum
Costs borne by the Contractor shall be recoverable by the Contractor pursuant to the provisions of Article 10 here below.
During the period of validity of the Contract, the production resulting from the Petroleum Operations shall be shared between the State and the
Contractor pursuant to the provisions of Article 10 here below.
ARTICLE 3 : EXPLORATION AUTHORIZATION
The Exploration Authorization in the Exploration Perimeter defined in Appendix 1 shall be granted to the Contractor for a first phase of Four
(4) Contract Years.
The Contractor shall have right to renewal of the Exploration Authorization two times, for a period of Three (3) Contract Years each time, if he has
fulfilled for the preceding exploration phase the work obligations stipulated in Article 4 here below and provided that he furnishes the bank guarantee
for the renewal period pursuant to Article 4.6 here below.
In accordance with Article 21of the Crude Hydrocarbon Code, if at the expiration of any phase of the exploration period defined in Article 3.1 or 3.2
here above, works are actually still in progress, the Contractor shall have the right, if he submits an application duly providing supporting
information, to a special extension of such phase for a period of time not to exceed twelve (12) months.
If the Contractor discovers one or more deposits of Hydrocarbons for which he cannot present the declaration of commerciality prior to the end of the
third phase of the exploration period pursuant to Article 9.5 here below, by reason of the distance of the deposit in relation to possible delivery points
on the Mauritanian territory and of the lack of infrastructure of transportation by pipeline, or the lack of a market for the production of the Natural
Gas, he may apply for an extension of the Exploration Authorization for a maximum period of three (3) years for deposits of Petroleum or of Wet Gas
and five (5) years for deposits of Dry Gas, the Exploration Perimeter being thus reduced to the presumed limits of the deposit(s) in question.
In the case where such an extension is granted, the Contractor must furnish to the Minister within sixty (60) days following the end of each Calendar
Year of the period of extension a report showing whether or not the relevant deposit(s) is/are commercial, and, in the case of a deposit of Natural Gas,
the results of the works and studies carried out pursuant to Article 15 here below.
For each renewal or extension, other than the extension contemplated by Article 3.3, the Contractor must submit an application to the Minister not
later than two (2) months prior to the expiration of the current exploration phase.
The renewals shall be granted by decree of the Minister while the extensions shall be granted by decree of the Council of Ministers; such decrees shall
take effect starting from the date following the expiration of the preceding period.
The Contractor undertakes to relinquish to the State at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the initial surface area of the Exploration Perimeter at the
time of each renewal of same, in such fashion as to not retain during the second phase of the exploration period more than seventy-five percent (75%)
of the initial surface area of the Exploration Perimeter and during the third phase of the exploration period, not more than fifty percent (50%) of the
initial surface area of the Exploration Perimeter.
For the application of Article 3.7 here above :
The surfaces having previously been the subject of a voluntary relinquishment per Article 3.9 here below and the surfaces already covered by
Exploitation Authorizations shall be deducted from the area subject to mandatory relinquishment.
The Contractor shall have the right to determine the extent, the form and the location of the portion of the Exploration Perimeter which he
intends to keep. However, the portion relinquished must consist of a perimeter of simple geometric form, delimited by North-South, East-West
lines or by natural limits or frontiers. The surface relinquishment shall be made according to the land registry grid from one of the borders of
the initial or residual Exploration Perimeter and in a contiguous fashion.
The application for renewal must be accompanied by a plan containing an indication of the Exploration Perimeter that was kept as well as a
report specifying the works carried out since the Effective Date on the relinquished surfaces and the results obtained.
The Contractor may at any time, upon three (3) months’ notice, notify the Minister that he is surrendering all or a portion of the Exploration
Perimeter. In the event of a full surrender, the Exploration Authorization shall terminate automatically on the date of said notification. In the case of a
partial surrender, the provisions of Article 3.8 here above shall be applicable.
In all cases, no voluntary surrender during the course of an exploration phase shall reduce the exploration work commitments stipulated in Article 4
here below for said phase, nor does it terminate the corresponding bank guarantee.
Except in the case of extension pursuant to Articles 3.3 and 3.4 here above, upon the expiration of the third phase of the exploration period, the
Contractor must relinquish the remaining surface of the Exploration Perimeter, except for areas already comprised within Exploitation Perimeters.
Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph and pursuant to the provisions of Article 26.2 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, the Exploration
Authorization shall remain in effect until Contractor submits a request for an Exploitation Authorization in accordance with the time frames
stipulated in Article 9.
ARTICLE 4 : EXPLORATION WORKS OBLIGATION
During the first phase of the exploration period of four (4) Contract Years defined in Article 3.1 here above, the Contractor undertakes to carry out
the following work:
Acquire two thousand (2000) km 2D seismic
Said works must commence within the twelve (12) months following the Effective Date.
During the second phase of the exploration period of three (3) Contract Years defined in Article 3.2 here above, the Contractor undertakes to carry out
the following work:
Acquire one thousand (1000) sq. km 3D seismic;
Drill one (1) Exploration well to a depth of two thousand five hundred (2500) meters below the mud line.
Said works must commence within the six (6) months following the start of the phase in question.
During the third phase of the exploration period of Three (3) Contract Years defined in Article 3.2 here above, the Contractor undertakes to carry out
the following work:
Drill one (1) Exploration well to a depth of two thousand five hundred (2500) meters below mud line.
Said works must commence within the three (3) months following the start of the phase in question.
Each of the above-cited wells shall be carried out up to the minimum depth set forth here above, or to a lesser depth, upon authorization of the
Minister, if the pursuit of the well, carried out according to good oilfield practices in the international petroleum industry, is impractical for one or
another of the following reasons:
The basement is encountered at a depth that is less than the minimum depth referred to above;
The pursuit of the well presents a manifest danger by reason of the existence of an abnormal stratum pressure ;
Rock formations are encountered, the hardness of which does not allow the practical advancement of the well carried out with the appropriate
means of equipment;
Petroliferous formations are encountered which in order to cross through requires for their protection the laying of casings, preventing the
attainment of the above-cited minimum depth.
In each of the cases cited here above, the Contractor shall inform the Minister and shall be authorized to suspend the well and said well shall be
deemed to have been drilled to the minimum depth referred to above.
If the Contractor, either during the course of the first phase of the exploration period, or during the course of the second phase of the exploration
period, defined respectively in Articles 3.1 and 3.2 here above, carries out a number of exploration wells greater than the minimum commitments
stipulated respectively in Articles 4.1 and 4.2 here above for said phase, the excess wells may be carried over to the following phase(s) of the
exploration period and shall be deducted from the minimum work commitments stipulated for said phase(s).
For purposes of the application of Articles 4.1 to 4.5 here above, the wells carried out in the context of a program for evaluation of a discovery shall
not be considered to be exploration wells, and, in the case of a discovery of Hydrocarbons, only one well per discovery shall be deemed to be an
Within the thirty (30) days following the Effective Date, the Contractor must remit to the Minister a bank guarantee issued by an international bank
of first order, pursuant to Appendix 3 of nine million Dollars ($9,000,000), covering his minimum work commitments for the first phase of the
exploration period defined in Article 4.1 here above.
In the case of renewal of the Exploration Authorization, the Contractor also must remit to the Minister, within the thirty (30) days following receipt of
the decree from the Minister granting the renewal, a bank guarantee issued by an international bank of first order, pursuant to Appendix 3 of twentyseven million Dollars ($27,000,000) for the second Phase of the exploration period and of twenty-two million Dollars ($22,000,000) covering his
minimum work commitments for the relevant phase.
If on expiration of any phase of the exploration period or in the case of total or partial surrender
or termination of the Contract, the exploration works have not reached the minimum commitments of this Article 4, the Minister shall have the right
to call the guarantee for an amount equal to the amount of the guarantee after deduction of the estimated cost of the minimum work actually carried
Such cost shall be calculated on a lump-sum basis in utilizing the following unit costs:
four thousand five hundred Dollars ($4,500) per kilometer of seismic;
five thousand Dollars ( $5,000) per square kilometer of seismic;
twenty-two million Dollars ($22,000,000) per exploration well.
Once the payment is made, the Contractor shall be deemed to have fulfilled his minimum exploration work obligations per Article 4 of this Contract;
the Contractor may, except in the event of cancellation of the Exploration Authorization for a major failure in performance of this Contract, continue
to benefit from the provisions of said Contract and, in the case of an acceptable application, obtain the renewal of the Exploration Authorization.
ARTICLE 5 : PRESENTATION AND APPROVAL OF
ANNUAL WORK PROGRAMS
Not later than (2) months after the Effective Date, the Contractor shall prepare and submit to the Ministry for approval an Annual Work Program,
detailed item by item, including therein the corresponding Annual Budget for all of the Exploration Perimeter, specifying the Petroleum Operations
relating to the period running from the Effective Date to the following 31 December.
Thereafter, not later than (3) months prior to the start of each Calendar Year, the Contractor shall prepare and submit to the Ministry for approval an
Annual Work Program, detailed item by item, including therein the corresponding Annual Budget for all of the Exploration Perimeter, then, if
applicable, for the Exploitation Perimeter(s), in specifying the Petroleum Operations which he proposes to carry out over the course of the following
Each Annual Work Program and corresponding Annual Budget shall be itemized between the different activities of exploration, and if applicable, of
appraisal for each discovery, of development and of production for each commercial deposit.
If the Ministry deems that revisions or modifications to the Annual Work Program and to the corresponding Annual Budget are necessary and
appropriate, it must so notify the Contractor in
writing with all supporting documentation deemed appropriate within a time period of sixty (60) days following their receipt. In such case, the
Ministry and the Contractor shall meet as soon as possible in order to study the revisions or modifications requested and establish by common
agreement the Annual Work Program and the corresponding Annual Budget in their definitive form, according to good oilfield practice in the
international petroleum industry . The date of adoption of the Annual Work Program and of the corresponding Annual Budget shall be the above-cited
mutually agreed date.
In the absence of notification by the Ministry to the Contractor of his wish for revision or modification within the time period of the above-referenced
sixty (60) days, said Annual Work Program and corresponding Annual Budget shall be deemed accepted by the Ministry upon the date of expiration
of said time period.
In all cases, each operation of the Annual Work Program, for which the Ministry has not requested revision or modification, must be carried out by
the Contractor within the time periods set forth.
The Parties accept that the results obtained during the course of the works taking place, or that special circumstances may justify changes to an
Annual Work Program and to the corresponding Budget. In such case, after notification to the Ministry, the Contractor may make such changes
provided that the fundamental objectives of said Annual Work Program are not modified.
ARTICLE 6 : OBLIGATIONS OF THE CONTRACTOR IN
THE CONDUCT OF PETROLEUM OPERATIONS
Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 21 here below, the Contractor must furnish all necessary funds and purchase or rent all tools,
equipment and construction supplies that are indispensable for the execution of Petroleum Operations. The Contractor is responsible for the
preparation and the execution of the Annual Work Programs which are to be carried out in the most appropriate manner in compliance with good
oilfield practice in the international petroleum industry.
Upon the Effective Date of this Contract, Kosmos Energy Mauritania is designated as Operator and shall be responsible for the conduct and the
execution of the Petroleum Operations. The Operator, in the name of and on the behalf of the Contractor, shall communicate to the Minister all
reports and information referred to in this Contract. Any change of Operator contemplated by the entities of the Contractor must receive the prior
approval of the Minister, which approval shall not be withheld without reasonable justification provided therefor.
The Operator must maintain during the term of the Contract in Mauritania, a branch which shall in particular be staffed with a responsible
person having authority for the conduct of the Petroleum Operations and to whom any notification with regard to this Contract can be sent.
The Contractor must during the course of the Petroleum Operations take all necessary measures for the protection of the environment.
He must in particular, for any Petroleum Operation subject to prior authorization according to the Environmental Code, submit to the Minister,
depending on the case, the studies or notices of environmental impact required for this type of operation, carry out the measures and comply with
restrictions set forth in the environmental management plan, furnish the declarations and submit himself to the oversight provided for in the
The Contractor must moreover take all reasonable measures according to good oilfield practice in the international petroleum industry in order to:
Ensure that all of the facilities and equipment utilized for purposes of the Petroleum Operations be at all times in good repair and in conformity
with the applicable norms, including therein those which result from international conventions ratified by the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
and relative to the prevention of pollution;
avoid losses and dumping:
· of Hydrocarbons, including the flaring of Natural Gas, (with the exception of the cases provided for in Article 40 of the law instituting the
Crude Hydrocarbons Code, under penalty of a fine which shall be later be determined by a decree taken by the Council of Ministers and
which shall not under any circumstances exceed twenty (20) per cent of the then current market price of Natural Gas in Mauritania),
The above-cited fine shall not be considered a recoverable Petroleum Cost nor a deductible charge.
DOES NOT APPLY.
Store the Hydrocarbons produced in the facilities and receptacles constructed for this purpose ;
Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 23.2 here below, dismantle facilities which are no longer necessary to the Petroleum Operations
and return the sites to their original condition;
and, generally, prevent pollution of the soil and of the subsoil, of the water and of the atmosphere, as well as prevent harm to fauna and flora.
The Contractor must, during the course of the Petroleum Operations, take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and protect the health of
persons according to good oilfield practices in the international petroleum industry and the Mauritanian regulations in force, and in particular to
put into place:
Appropriate means for prevention, rapid response and handling of risks, including the risks of blow-out;
Measures for information, training and means adapted to the risks encountered, including therein individual protective equipment, firefighting materials as well as means of first-aid and prompt evacuation of victims.
All works and facilities set up by the Contractor under this Contract must, according to the nature and circumstances, be constructed, shown
with markers and sign posts and equipped in such fashion as to allow at any time and in complete safety free passage within the Exploration
Perimeter and the Exploitation Perimeter(s).
While carrying out his right of construction, to execute works, and to maintain all facilities necessary for the purposes of this Contract, the
Contractor should not occupy lands situated less than five hundred (500) meters away from any religious buildings, whether cultural or not,
burial grounds, walled enclosures, courts and gardens, dwelling places, groups of dwelling places, villages, built-up areas, wells, springs ,
reservoirs, roads, routes, railways, water conduits, pipelines, works of public utility, civil engineering works, without the prior consent of the
Minister. The Contractor shall be required to repair any damages which his works may have caused to occur.
The Contractor commits to granting preference to Mauritanian enterprises and products, on equivalent conditions in terms of price, quantity,
quality, terms for payment and timeframe of delivery, and to require his subcontractors to make a similar commitment
All contracts of supply, construction or service of a value greater than seven hundred fifty thousand (750,000) Dollars where works of
exploration/appraisal are concerned and one million five hundred thousand ($1,500,000) Dollars where works of development/exploitation are
concerned, must be the subject of a call for bids from Mauritanian and foreign bidders, unless there is a prior consent from the Minister.
Copies of such contracts entered into during the course of each Quarter shall be sent to the Minister within the thirty (30) days following the end of
the relevant Quarter.
The Contractor undertakes to grant preference, on equivalent economic terms, in the purchase of goods necessary for the Petroleum Operations,
taking into account rental terms and any other lease arrangements and to require from his subcontractors a similar commitment .
To this end, every Annual Budget referred to in Article 5 must specify all the draft rental contracts of an annual value greater than seven hundred
fifty thousand (750,000) Dollars.
ARTICLE 7 : RIGHTS OF THE CONTRACTOR IN THE
CONDUCT OF PETROLEUM OPERATIONS
The Contractor has the exclusive right to carry out Petroleum Operations inside of the Exploration Perimeter or any Exploitation Perimeter resulting
therefrom, as long as the Petroleum Operations are in conformity with the terms and conditions of this Contract, of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code as
well as with the provisions of the laws and regulations in force in Mauritania, and that they are executed according to good oilfield practice in the
international petroleum industry.
For purposes of the execution of the Petroleum Operations, the Contractor shall benefit from the rights set forth in Article 54 of the Crude
The costs, compensation payments, and in general all charges resulting from occupation of lands referred to in Articles 55 to 57 of the Crude
Hydrocarbons Code shall be at the expense of the Contractor and shall be recoverable as Petroleum Costs pursuant to the provisions of Article 10.2
The expiration of an Exploration Authorization or of an Exploitation Authorization, or the obligatory or voluntary relinquishment, partial or total of
an Exploration Perimeter or of an Exploitation Perimeter has no effect with regard to the rights resulting from Article 7.2 here above for the Contractor,
on works and facilities executed in application of the provisions of this Article 7, provided that said works and facilities continue to be utilized in the
the Contractor’s activity on the portion kept or on other exploration or exploitation perimeters in Mauritania.
Subject to the provisions of Articles 6.8 and 6.9 here above, the Contractor has freedom of choice concerning suppliers and subcontractors and
shall benefit from the customs regime set forth in Article 18 of this Contract.
Unless there are provisions to the contrary in the Contract, no restriction shall be set upon the entry, the stay, freedom of movement, employment
and repatriation of persons and their families as well as their goods, for the employees of the Contractor and those of his subcontractors, subject to
compliance with employment legislation and regulations as well as social laws in force in Mauritania.
The Ministry shall facilitate the delivery to the Contractor, as well as to his agents, to his subcontractors and to their families, all administrative
authorizations which may possibly be required in relation with the Petroleum Operations carried out in the framework of this Contract, including
entry and exit visas.
ARTICLE 8 : MONITORING OF PETROLEUM
OPERATIONS AND ACTIVITY REPORTS —
The Petroleum Operations shall be subject to monitoring by the Ministry pursuant to the provisions of Title VIII of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
The duly mandated representatives of the Ministry shall in particular have the right to monitor the Petroleum Operations, to inspect facilities,
equipment, materials, and to audit said procedures, norms, records and books pertaining to the Petroleum Operations. Said such representatives
shall make every effort not to disrupt the normal conduct of Contractor’s operations.
In order to allow the exercise of the rights referred to here above, the Contractor shall furnish to the representatives of the Ministry and to the other
agents of the State in charge of the supervision of Petroleum Operations reasonable assistance in the matter of means of transport and of lodging. The
reasonable expenses for transport and lodging directly linked to monitoring and inspection shall be at the expense of the Contractor. Such expenses
shall be considered as recoverable Petroleum Costs according to the provisions of Article 10.2 of this
Contract and as deductible charges for purposes of the calculation of Industrial and Commercial Income Tax.
The Contractor shall keep the Ministry regularly informed of the status of the Petroleum Operations. He must in particular supply the Ministry with
the following programs and information:
A work program for any geological or geophysical campaign, at least thirty (30) days before the beginning of the campaign in question and
specifying in particular its location, its objectives, the techniques and equipment utilized, the name and address of the enterprise which will
carry out the work, the starting date and the projected duration, the number of kilometers of seismic lines, the estimated costs and the safety
measures put into place if the usage of explosives is contemplated.
A work program for any well, at least thirty (30) days before the spudding of the well in question and specifying in particular its precise
location, a detailed description of the works contemplated, including the well techniques and the associated operations, its depth, its geological
objective, the start date and the projected duration, the estimated costs of the program, a summary of the geological and geophysical data which
prompted the Contractor’s decision, the name and address of the drilling contractor as well as the designation of the well site, the name and
address of all other subcontractors recruited for such operation, and the safety measures envisioned.
An advance notice of thirty (30) days concerning any abandonment of a producing well and forty-eight (48) hours when it concerns a nonproducing well.
An advance notice of forty-eight (48) hours concerning any suspension of drilling or resumption of drilling after a suspension of greater than
thirty (30) days.
Any accident involving a stoppage of work or material damage or death occurring in the framework of the Petroleum Operations must be immediately
notified to the Minister and not later than within twenty-four (24) hours.
The Ministry may require from Contractor the execution, at the expense of the latter, of all work necessary to ensure safety and hygiene within the
framework of the Petroleum Operations, pursuant to Article 6.5 here above.
The Ministry shall have access to all original data resulting from Petroleum Operations
undertaken by the Contractor within the Exploration Perimeter and Exploitation Perimeter(s) such as geological, geophysical, petrophysical, drilling,
reports concerning commencement of exploitation and all other reports generally required for the Petroleum Operations.
The Contractor commits to furnishing to the Ministry the following periodic reports:
Daily reports on drilling activities;
Weekly reports on geophysical works;
Starting from the date of granting of an Exploitation Authorization, within fifteen (15) days following the end of each Quarter, a detailed report
on development activities;
Starting from the start-up of production, within fifteen (15) days following the end of each month, an exploitation report specifying in
particular each of the quantities of Hydrocarbons produced, utilized in Petroleum Operations, stored, lost or flared, and sold, during the
course of the preceding month as well as an estimate of each of the quantities in question for the current month. With regard to Hydrocarbons
sold, the report shall specify for each sale the identity of the buyer, the quantity sold and the price obtained;
Within the fifteen (15) days following the end of each Quarter, a report relative to Petroleum Operations carried out during the Quarter elapsed,
containing in particular a description of the Petroleum Operations carried out and a detailed statement of the Petroleum Costs incurred,
categorized in particular by Exploration Perimeter / Exploitation Perimeter and by type;
Within the three (3) months following the end of each Calendar Year, a report relative to the Petroleum Operations carried out during the
Calendar Year elapsed, as well as a detailed statement of Petroleum Costs incurred, categorized in particular by Exploration Perimeter /
Exploitation Perimeter and by type and a statement of the personnel employed by the Contractor, indicating the number of employees, their
nationality, their duties, the total amount of the salaries as well as a report on medical care and instruction given to them.
Any other report generally required within the framework of Petroleum Operations .
Moreover, the following reports, data and documents shall be furnished to the Ministry during the month following their drafting or their being
Two (2) copies of the geological reports made in the framework of exploration ;
Two (2) copies of geophysical reports made in the framework of exploration. The Ministry shall have access to the originals of all recordings
made (magnetic tapes or other format) and may, upon request, obtain copies;
Two (2) copies of reports of commencement and termination of drilling for each of the wells drilled;
Two (2) copies of all measures, tests, and well loggings recorded during the course of drilling (drilling termination reports);
Two (2) copies of each report of analyses (petrography, biostratigraphy, geochemistry or other) carried out on the core samples, the cuttings or
fluids sampled in each one of the wells drilled, including therein raw data and supporting items with media for copying photos pertaining
A representative portion of the core samples taken, well cuttings taken from each well as well as fluid samples collected during the production
tests shall also be supplied within reasonable periods of time.
Moreover, the Contractor may freely export core samples taken, drill cuttings taken and fluids produced;
And in a general fashion, two (2) copies of all other reports generally required for Petroleum Operations.
Reports, studies and other results referred to in this Article 8.6, as well as those referred to in Article 8.5 here above, shall be supplied in a suitable
medium in digital and/or hard copy.
The Parties undertake to consider as confidential and to not communicate to Third Parties or to publish, except with the prior consent of the
Minister, data and information of a technical nature related to the Petroleum Operations and which would not already be in the public domain, for the
entire duration of the Contract.
In the case of relinquishment of a surface area or surrender of a perimeter , the Contractor undertakes to consider as confidential and to not
communicate to Third Parties or to publish, except with the prior consent of the Minister, the data and information relating to the perimeter in
question and which would not already be in the public domain.
After the surrender, termination or expiration of the Contract, the Contractor undertakes to consider as confidential and to not communicate to Third
Parties or to publish, except with the prior consent of the Minister, the data and information relating to Petroleum Operations and
which would not already be in the public domain.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 8.7, the State may communicate the data and information:
To all suppliers of services and professional consultants providing services in the framework of the monitoring of Petroleum Operations, after
obtaining a similar commitment of confidentiality;
To any bank, institution or financial establishment with which an entity of the State solicits or obtains financing, after obtaining a similar
commitment of confidentiality;
In the framework of any contentious proceeding in a legal, administrative or arbitrational matter.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 8.7, the Contractor may communicate the data and information:
To any Affiliated Company bound by a similar commitment of confidentiality;
To any suppliers of services and professional consultants providing services in the framework of Petroleum Operations, after obtaining a
similar commitment of confidentiality;
To any company with a bona fide interest in the carrying out of a possible assignment, after obtaining from such company a commitment to
keep confidential such information and to utilize it only for the purposes of such assignment;
To any bank or financial establishment with which an entity of the Contractor solicits or obtains financing, after obtaining a similar
commitment of confidentiality;
When and to the extent that the regulations of a recognized stock exchange require the information;
Within the framework of any contentious proceeding in a legal, administrative or arbitrational matter.
The Contractor must report to the Minister the soonest possible any information relative to mineral substances encountered during the Petroleum
The Contractor must participate in the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) pursuant to Article 98 of the Crude
ARTICLE 9 : APPRAISAL OF A DISCOVERY AND
GRANTING OF AN EXPLOITATION AUTHORIZATION
If the Contractor discovers Hydrocarbons in the Exploration Perimeter, he must so notify the Minister in writing the soonest possible and carry out,
pursuant to good oilfield practice in the international petroleum industry, the necessary tests. Within the thirty (30) days following the provisional
closure or abandonment of the discovery well, the Contractor must submit to the Minister a report giving all information pertaining to such discovery
and formulating recommendations of the Contractor as to whether or not to pursue his appraisal.
If the Contractor wishes to undertake the appraisal works of the above-cited discovery, he must diligently submit to the Minister for approval the
appraisal work program, the timetable for execution and the estimate of the corresponding budget, not later than six (6) months following the date of
the notification of the discovery referred to in Article 9.1 here above.
The Contractor must then commence with maximum diligence the appraisal work pursuant to the program drawn up, it being understood that the
provisions of Articles 5.2 and 5.3 here above shall apply to said program.
Within the three (3) months following the completion of the appraisal works, and not later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the third
phase of the exploration period defined in Article 3.2, as may be extended pursuant to the provisions of Articles 3.3 and 3.4 here above, the Contractor
shall submit to the Minister a detailed report giving all the technical and economic information relative to the deposit so discovered and appraised,
and establishing the commercial character or not of the said discovery. Such report shall in particular include the following information: the
geological and petrophysical, characteristics, and the estimated delimitation of the deposit; the results of the production tests carried out, the nature,
properties and volume of Hydrocarbons which it contains, a preliminary technical and economic study on the placement of the deposit into
Any quantity of Hydrocarbons produced from a discovery before the discovery has been declared commercial, if it is not utilized for the carryingout of the Petroleum Operations, or lost, shall be subject to the provisions of Article 10 of this Contract.
A deposit considered by the Contractor to be commercially exploitable gives him the right to an Exploitation Authorization. In such case, the
Contractor shall submit to the Minister, within the three (3) months following the submission of the report referred to in Article 9.3 here above, and
not later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the third phase of the exploration period defined in Article 3.2, possibly extended pursuant to
the provisions of Articles 3.3 and
3.4 here above, an application for an Exploitation Authorization. Said application shall specify the lateral and stratigraphic delimitation of the
Exploitation Perimeter, which shall cover only the presumed limits of the deposit discovered and appraised in the Exploration Perimeter then currently
valid and shall be accompanied by technical justifications necessary for said delimitation. The above-cited application for an Exploitation
Authorization shall be accompanied by a detailed development and production program, including in particular for the deposit in question :
An estimate of the recoverable reserves, proven and probable and of the corresponding production profile, as well as a study of the methods of
recovery of hydrocarbons and development of natural gas;
A description of the works and facilities required to put the field into production, such as number of wells, facilities required for production,
separation, processing, storage and transport of Hydrocarbons;
A program and a schedule for carrying out the said works and facilities, including startup date for production ;
An estimate of development investments and exploitation costs itemized for each year as well as an economic study confirming the commercial
character of the deposit ;
The methods for financing such investments by each one of the entities making up the Contractor ;
An environmental impact study of the development project, carried out by the Contractor pursuant to the provisions of the Environmental
An outline of a Rehabilitation Plan to return the sites to their original condition at the end of exploitation.
The Minister may propose revisions or modifications to the development and production program referred to above, as well as to the Exploitation
Perimeter applied for, in notifying the Contractor thereof with all justifying supporting data deemed appropriate, within the ninety (90) days
following receipt of the said program. The provisions of Article 5.2 here above shall apply to said program with regard to its adoption.
When the results acquired during the course of development justify changes to the development and production program, said program may be
modified in utilizing the same procedure as that referred to here above for its initial adoption.
The Exploitation Authorization shall be granted by the Minister within forty-five (45) days following the date of adoption by the Parties of the
development and production program. The granting of an Exploitation Authorization entails ipso facto the cancellation of the Exploration
Authorization inside of the Exploitation Perimeter; however, the Exploration Authorization continues to be valid outside that perimeter until its
expiration date, without the minimum exploration work obligation referred to in Article 4 above for the subject phase of the exploration period being
If the Contractor makes several commercial discoveries within the Exploration Perimeter, each of such will give rise, in accordance with Articles 9.5
and 9.6 here above, to a separate Exploitation Authorization corresponding to an Exploitation Perimeter.
If in the course of work subsequent to the grant of an Exploitation Authorization, it appears that the deposit has an extension greater than that
initially provided for in Article 9.5 here above, the Minister shall grant to the Contractor, within the framework of the Exploitation Authorization
already granted, the additional portion, provided that the extension is an integral part of the currently valid Exploration Perimeter and that the
Contractor supplies the technical justifications for the extension applied for.
If it appears that the deposit has an extension less than that initially provided for, the Minister may require the Contractor to relinquish the exterior
portion(s) of the boundaries of the deposit.
In the event that a deposit extends beyond the boundaries of the currently valid Exploration Perimeter, the Minister may require the Contractor to
exploit such deposit together with the holder of the adjacent perimeter following the provisions of Article 53 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code. Within
the twelve (12) months following the written request of the Minister, the Contractor must submit to him, for approval, a draft development and
production program of the relevant deposit drawn up in agreement with the holder of the adjacent perimeter.
In the case where the deposit extends over one or more other perimeters which are not under contract, the process of extension of the contractual
perimeter may be undertaken, pursuant to the provisions of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
The Contractor must start up the development operations including the necessary studies, not later than six (6) months following the date of granting
of the Exploitation Authorization referred to in Article 9.6 here above and must pursue them with the maximum diligence. The Contractor undertakes
to carry out the development and production operations according to good oilfield practice in the international petroleum industry, making it possible
to ensure the optimum recovery of Hydrocarbons contained in the deposit. The Contractor undertakes to proceed as soon as possible with studies of
assisted recovery in consultation with the Ministry
and to utilize such processes if, in the estimation of Contractor, such processes will lead under the economic conditions to an improvement of the rate
The duration of the exploitation period during which the Contractor is authorized to ensure the production of a deposit declared to be commercial is
set at twenty-five (25) years if the exploitation is for deposits of Crude Petroleum and thirty (30) years if the exploitation is for deposits of Dry Gas,
starting from the date of granting of the corresponding Exploitation Authorization.
Upon the expiration of the initial period of exploitation defined here above, the Exploitation Authorization may be renewed for an additional maximum
period of ten (10) years upon an application by Contractor providing supporting information submitted to the Minister at least one (1) year prior to
said expiration, provided that the Contractor has fulfilled all his contractual obligations during the initial exploitation period and that he proves that
additional commercial production from the Exploitation Perimeter remains possible during the additional period applied for.
For any deposit having given rise to the granting of an Exploitation Authorization, the Contractor must, without prejudice to the provisions of
Article 21 here below, carry out at his own expense all appropriate and necessary Petroleum Operations to place the deposit into exploitation, in
conformity with the adopted development and production program.
However if the Contractor believes, on the basis of technical knowledge acquired on such deposit, and can make the accounting proof during the
course of the development and production program or during the course of exploitation that producing from such deposit cannot be, or can no longer
be, commercially profitable, even though the discovery well and the appraisal works have led to the granting of an Exploitation Authorization
pursuant to this Contract, the Minister undertakes to not obligate the Contractor to pursue the works and to explore with the Contractor, to the extent
possible, technical and economic improvements which would permit the Contractor to consider the profitable exploitation of said deposit. In the case
where the Contractor decides not to pursue the exploitation works and if the Minister asks him to, the Contractor shall surrender the relevant
Exploitation Authorization and the rights which are attached thereto.
The Contractor may at any time, subject to so notifying the Minister in writing with an advance notice of at least six (6) months, surrender totally or
in part an Exploitation Authorization,
provided that he has satisfied all obligations provided for in this Contract .
The Contractor undertakes for the duration of the Exploitation Authorizations to produce annually quantities of Hydrocarbons from each deposit
according to generally accepted norms in the international petroleum industry in taking principally into consideration the rules for the proper
conservation of deposits and the optimal recovery of the reserves of Hydrocarbons under economic conditions for the duration of the relevant
The ceasing of production of a deposit for a duration greater than six (6) consecutive months, decided upon by the Contractor without the consent of
the Minister, may lead to the cancellation of this Contract within the terms set forth in Article 25 here below.
The Minister may place the Contractor on notice by registered letter with return receipt to remedy the following shortcomings within a time period of
three (3) months, if the latter, without duly justified reasons:
Has not submitted an appraisal work program for said discovery within the time period referred in Article 9.2 here above ;
Has not carried out the appraisal works of said discovery in conformity with the appraisal program referred to in Article 9.2 here above ;
Or has not submitted an application for an Exploitation Authorization within the time period referred to in Article 9.5 here above.
If the Contractor has not remedied the above shortcomings within the mentioned time period, the Minister may then demand that he relinquish
immediately and without compensation all his rights within the presumed boundaries of said discovery, including the Hydrocarbons which could be
produced from it.
The State may then carry out all works of appraisal, development and production of such discovery upon condition however that it does not cause
damage to the performance of the Petroleum Operations of the Contractor in the Exploration Perimeter or any Exploitation Perimeter governed by the
ARTICLE 10 : RECOVERY OF PETROLEUM COSTS AND
From the commencement of regular Hydrocarbons production carried out pursuant to an Exploitation Authorization or an early production
authorization, that production shall be shared and sold in accordance with the provisions hereafter.
For the recovery of Petroleum Costs, the Contractor shall freely retain each Quarter, and for each Exploitation Authorization, a share of total
production equal to fifty-five percent (55%) for Crude Petroleum and sixty-two percent (62%) for Dry Gas, calculated on total production which is
not utilized for Petroleum Operations, nor wasted, or, if applicable, a lower percentage of production, or only a lower percentage which would be
necessary and would suffice.
The value of the share of total production allocated for the petroleum cost recovery of the Contractor as defined in the preceding subparagraph, shall
be calculated in accordance with the provisions of Articles 14 and 15 here below.
In the course of a Calendar Year, should the Petroleum Costs not yet recovered by the Contractor pursuant to the provisions of this Article 10.2 exceed
the equivalent in value of fifty-five percent (55%) with respect to Crude Petroleum and sixty-two percent (62%) with respect to Dry Gas, of the total
production calculated as indicated here above, the excess which cannot be recovered for the Calendar Year under consideration shall be carried
forward to the following Calendar Year(s) until full recovery of Petroleum Costs or the termination of this Contract. The recovery of Petroleum Costs
for any Quarter shall be scheduled in the order stipulated in the Accounting Procedure.
The volume of Hydrocarbons, related to each Exploitation Authorization, which remains for each Quarter after the Contractor has taken from total
production the share necessary to the recovery of Petroleum Costs under the provisions of Article 10.2 here above, shall be shared between the State
and the Contractor in the following manner, in the ratio of the applicable figure for the ratio “R” defined as follows::
Share of the State
Value of « R »
Share of the
Less than 1
Greater than or equal to 1 and less than 1.5
Greater than or equal to 1.5 and less than 2
Greater than or equal to 2 and less than 2.5
Greater than or equal to 2.5 and less than 3
Greater than or equal to 3
For the application of this Article, the ratio « R » means to the ratio of « Cumulative Net Revenue » of Contractor over « Cumulative Investments » in
the relevant Exploitation Perimeter, where:
« Cumulative Net Revenue » means the sum, calculated from the Effective Date until the end of the preceding Quarter, of the value of Hydrocarbons
obtained by Contractor pursuant to the provisions of Articles 10.2 and 10.3 here above ; less the Exploitation Petroleum Costs incurred by the
Contractor, as such are defined and determined under the provisions of the Accounting Procedure.
« Cumulative Investments » means the sum, from the Effective Date up until the end of the preceding Quarter, of the Exploration Petroleum Costs
and the Development Petroleum Costs incurred by the Contractor as defined and determined under the provisions of the Accounting Procedure.
The State may receive its share of production defined in Article 10.3 here above, either in kind, or in cash.
If the State wishes to receive in kind all of part of its share of production defined in Article 10.3 here above, the Minister shall advise the Contractor
in writing not less than ninety (90) days prior to the commencement of the relevant Quarter and specify the exact quantity it wishes to receive in
kind during said Quarter and the modalities of delivery, which must be specified in the lifting contract.
For this purpose, it is agreed that the Contractor shall not commit to the sale of a part of the State production, for a term which exceeds one hundred
and eighty (180) days, unless he shall have obtained the written consent of the Minister.
If the State wishes to receive in cash all or part of its share of production specified in Article 10.3 here above, or if the Minister has failed to notify the
Contractor of its decision to take a portion of the State’s production in kind in accordance with Article 10.5 here above, the Contractor is obligated to
sell the State share of production which the State wishes to take in cash during the relevant Quarter, and to proceed with the liftings of such share in
the course of such Quarter, and to pay the State within thirty (30) days following each lifting, an amount equal to the quantity corresponding to the
portion of the State production share, multiplied by the sale price F.O.B., after deduction of the costs attributable to such sales.
The Minister shall be entitled to request the settling of the sales of the State share of production effected by the Contractor either in Dollars or in any
other convertible currency in which the transaction took place.
ARTICLE 11 : TAX REGIME
Each of the entities which make up the Contractor shall be subject to the Industrial and Commercial Income Tax levied on the net profits earned in
relation to the Petroleum Operations in accordance with Articles 66 to 74 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code and the provisions of the Accounting
Procedure found in Appendix 2 of this Contract.
The rate of this tax is set at twenty-seven percent (27%) for the entire duration of the Contract such as defined in Article 2.2 here above.
For the purposes of setting the amount of the Industrial and Commercial Income Tax, the value of Hydrocarbons sold by the Contractor under
Articles 10.2 and 10.3 here above to be included in net taxable profit shall be established in accordance with the provisions of Article 14 here below.
Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 21 here below, the Contractor shall pay to the State the following surface rentals:
two Dollars ($2) per square kilometer and per year during the first phase of the exploration period ;
three Dollars ($3) per square kilometer and per year during the second phase of the exploration period ;
four Dollars ($4) per square kilometer and per year during the third phase of the exploration period and during any extension provided for in
Articles 3.3 and 3.4 here above;
one hundred seventy Dollars ($170) per square kilometer and per year during the validity of the Exploitation Authorization.
The surface rentals referred to in paragraphs a), b) and c) here above shall be paid in advance and per year, not later than the first day of each
Contract Year, for the entire Contract Year, according to the extent of the Exploration Perimeter held by the Contractor upon the due date of said
The surface rental relative to an Exploitation Authorization shall be paid in advance and per year, at the beginning of each Calendar Year following
the granting of the Exploitation Authorization or for the Calendar Year of said grant, within thirty (30) days of the date of the grant, prorated over time
for the remaining duration of the current Calendar Year, according to the extent of the Exploitation Perimeter upon such date.
In the case of relinquishment of the surface during the course of a Calendar Year or during the course of an event of Force Majeure, the Contractor
shall have no right to any reimbursement of surface rentals already paid.
The amounts referred to in this Article 11.2 are not considered recoverable Petroleum Costs under the provisions of Article 10.2 here above, nor are
they considered as deductible costs for setting the basis of the Industrial and Commercial Income Tax in accordance with Article 76 of the Crude
The Contractor shall be subject to taxes and fees as well as to withholdings at source and other tax obligations applicable to contractors pursuant to
Title VI of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
The subcontractors of the Contractor as well as the personnel of the Contractor and of his subcontractors shall be subject to the generally applicable
tax provisions, subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code which are applicable to them.
The shareholders of the entities making up the Contractor and their Affiliated Companies shall benefit from the exemptions provided for in
Article 86 of Title VI of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
Except for taxes, fees and dues provided in Title VI of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, for special taxes related to the utilization of drinking water or
of irrigation water provided for in Article 6 .4 here above, for the surface rentals provided for in Article 11.2 here above, for the bonuses provided for
in Article 13 here below andfor the payment referred to in Article 12.2 here below, the Contractor shall not be subject to any tax, fees, royalties,
payments and contributions of any nature whatsoever, be they national, regional or municipal, either in effect now or in the future, which may
burden the Petroleum Operations, and of any revenue derived therefrom or more generally, the property, the activities or action of the Contractor,
including its facility, its money transfers, and its operation in implementation of this contract, provided, however, that these exemptions are only
applicable to Petroleum Operations.
Pursuant to Article 83-2º of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, the rendering of services directly related to Petroleum Operations shall, in particular, be
subject to VAT at the rate of zero, when the service rendered, the right transferred or the item rented are reused or exploited in Mauritania, pursuant to
Article 177 B of the General Tax Code.
The foregoing exemptions in this Article do not cover services actually rendered to Contractor by public Mauritanian administrations and local
governmental departments or units. However, the tariffs levied in such cases on the Contractor, its subcontractors, transporters, customers and
agents must be reasonable in relation to the services rendered and must not exceed the tariffs generally applicable for these same services by the same
public Mauritanian administrations and local governmental departments or units . The cost of these services shall be considered recoverable
Petroleum Costs in accordance with Article 10.2 of this Contract.
ARTICLE 12 : PERSONNEL
From the beginning of the Petroleum Operations, the Contractor undertakes to ensure the employment on a priority basis, with equal qualification, of
Mauritanian personnel and to contribute to the training of such personnel, in order to allow their accession to all employment as qualified workers,
supervisors, management, engineers and directors.
To this end, the Contractor shall establish in agreement with the Ministry at the end of each Calendar Year, a recruitment plan of Mauritanian
personnel and a plan for training and skills improvement in order to attain a greater and greater participation of Mauritanian personnel in the
The Contractor must also contribute to the training and skills improvement of the agents of the Ministry and to the other purposes referred to in
Article 80 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, according to a plan established by the Ministry at the end of each Calendar Year.
To this end, the Contractor shall pay to the State, for said training and job skills improvement plan, an amount of three hundred thousand Dollars
($300,000) per Calendar Year during the validity of the Exploration Authorization, and, starting from the granting of an Exploitation Authorization,
an amount of six hundred thousand Dollars ($600,000) per Calendar Year. The above-cited payments shall be considered to be nonrecoverable
Petroleum Costs with respect to the provisions of Article 10.2 here above but as deductible charges on the Industrial and Commercial Income Tax in
conformity with Article 82 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
ARTICLE 13 : BONUSES
The Contractor shall pay to the State a signature bonus in the amount of one million Dollars ($1,000,000) within the thirty (30) days following the
Moreover, the Contractor shall pay to the State the following production bonuses:
six million Dollars ($6,000,000) when the regular commercial production of Hydrocarbons extracted from the Exploitation Perimeter(s) reaches
for the first time an average rate equal to twenty-five thousand (25,000) Barrels of Crude Petroleum per day during a period of thirty (30)
eight million Dollars ($8,000,000) when the regular commercial production of Hydrocarbons extracted from the Exploitation
Perimeter(s) reaches for the first time an average rate equal to fifty thousand (50,000) Barrels of Crude Petroleum per day for a period of thirty
(30) consecutive days;
tweleve million Dollars ($12,000,000) when the regular commercial production of Hydrocarbons extracted from the Exploitation
Perimeter(s) reaches for the first time an average rate equal to one hundred thousand (100,000) Barrels of Crude Petroleum per day for a period
of thirty (30) consecutive days ;
twenty million Dollars ($20,000,000) when the regular commercial production of Hydrocarbons extracted from the Exploitation
Perimeter(s) reaches for the first time an
average rate equal to one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) Barrels of Crude Petroleum per day for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days.
Each of the sums referred to in paragraphs a), b), c) and d) here above shall be paid within the thirty (30) days following the above-cited period of
The sums referred to in Articles 13.1 and 13.2 here above shall not be considered as recoverable Petroleum Costs with respect to the provisions of
Article 10.2 here above, nor considered to be deductible charges for the determination of the Industrial and Commercial Income Tax pursuant to
Article 79 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
ARTICLE 14 : PRICE AND MEASUREMENT OF HYDROCARBONS
The unitary market price of the Crude Petroleum used in consideration for purposes of Articles 10 and 11 here above shall be the “Market Price”
F.O.B. the Delivery Point, expressed in Dollars per Barrel, as determined here below for each Quarter.
A Market Price shall be established for each type of Crude Petroleum or blend of Crude Petroleums.
The Market Price applicable to Crude Petroleum lifted in the course of a Quarter shall be calculated at the end of each Quarter under consideration,
and shall be equal to the weighted average of prevailing prices obtained by the Contractor and the State in the course of their sale of Crude Petroleum
to Third Parties in the course of the Quarter under consideration, adjusted as appropriate to reflect differentials in quality and density, and on the
terms of F.O.B. delivery and payment terms provided the quantity sold in such manner to Third Parties in the course of the Quarter under
consideration corresponds to no less than thirty percent (30%) of the total of the volumes of Crude Petroleum extracted from the Exploitation
Perimeters existing under this Contract, taken as a whole, and sold in the course of the said Quarter.
If such Third Party sales do not take place during the Quarter under consideration, or if they constitute less than thirty percent of the total of the
quantities of Crude Petroleum of the Exploitation Perimeter granted under the present Contract taken as a whole and sold in the course of the said
Quarter, the Market Price shall be arrived at by comparison with the « Current International Market Price » for the Quarter under consideration of
the qualities of Crude Petroleum produced in Mauritania and in neighboring producing countries, taking into
account differentials of quality, density, transport and terms of payment.
« Current International Market Price » shall be a reference price based on Dated Brent prices, as such are published in “Platt’s Crude Oil
Marketwire” or similar internationally recognized publication, averaged for the month(s) during which sales were made and adjusted for differences
in quality, API gravity, terms of FOB delivery and payment terms. If Dated Brent is replaced by another internationally recognized reference crude,
the published quotes of the replacement crude shall be used instead.
In particular the following transactions are not taken into account in calculating the Market Price of the Crude Petroleum:
Sales in which the buyer is an Affiliated Company of the seller as well as sales between entities making up the Contractor;
Sales which include some consideration other than payment in freely-convertible currency or sales attributable in whole or in part to
motivations other than the usual economic incentives attached to sales of Crude Petroleum on the international market (such as barter
contracts, sales from government to government or to governmental units).
A committee presided over by the Minister or his delegate and including other representatives of the State and those of the Contractor shall meet at the
request of its president, at the end of each Quarter, to establish, according to the stipulations of this Article 14, the Market Price of the Crude
Petroleum produced, applicable to the Quarter elapsed. The decisions of the committee shall be by unanimous vote.
If no agreement can be reached by the committee on a decision within a time period of thirty (30) days after the end of the relevant Quarter, the Market
Price of the Crude Petroleum produced shall be definitively determined by an expert of international reputation, appointed by agreement of the Parties,
or, if such agreement is not reached, by the International Centre for Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce. The expert shall establish
the price according to the stipulations of this Article 14 within a time period of twenty (20) days after his appointment. The costs of expertise shall be
shared equally between the Parties.
While awaiting the determination of the price, the Market Price provisionally applicable to a Quarter shall be the Market Price of the preceding
Quarter. Any necessary adjustment shall be made not later than thirty (30) days after the determination of the Market Price for the Quarter under
The Contractor shall measure all the Hydrocarbons produced after extraction of water and connected substances, in utilizing, with the consent of the
Ministry, the instruments and procedures in conformity with the methods in force in the international petroleum industry. The Ministry shall have
the right to examine such measures and to check the instruments and procedures utilized.
If during the course of exploitation the Contractor wishes to modify such instruments and procedures, he must obtain the prior consent of the
If, during the course of an inspection carried out by the Ministry, it is verified that the measuring instruments are inaccurate and exceed the
acceptable tolerances, and that this condition of fact is confirmed by an independent expert, the inaccuracy in question shall be considered as having
existed for half of the period since the preceding inspection, unless a different period is demonstrated. The accounting of the Petroleum Costs and the
shares of production and liftings of the Parties shall be the subject of appropriate adjustments within thirty (30) days following receipt of the expert’s
For Dry Gas, the provisions of this Article 14 shall apply mutatis mutandis, subject to the provisions of Article 15 here below.
ARTICLE 15 : NATURAL GAS
Non-Associated Natural Gas
In the case where a discovery referred to in Article 9.1 here above concerns a deposit of Non-Associated Natural Gas which the Contractor has
undertaken to appraise pursuant to Article 9.2 here above, the Minister and the Contractor shall jointly carry out, in parallel with the appraisal
works of the discovery in question, a market study intended to evaluate the possible market outlets for such Natural Gas, both on the local and the
export markets, as well as the means necessary for its marketing, and shall consider the possibility of a joint marketing of their shares of
production. The study shall in particular determine the quantities for which sale on the local market can be assured as a fuel or as a raw material,
the facilities and arrangements necessary for the sale of such Natural Gas to the utilizing enterprises or to the entity of the State in charge of its
distribution, as well as the discounted price which shall be determined pursuant to the principles set forth in Article 15.8 here below.
For purposes of evaluating the commercial value of the discovery of the Non-Associated Natural Gas, the Contractor shall have the right pursuant to
Article 3.4 here above to an extension of his Exploration Authorization.
If following the appraisal of a discovery of Non-Associated Natural Gas, it is shown that the development requires specific economic terms in order
to make it economically viable in the opinion of each of the two Parties, the Parties may agree, on an exceptional basis, on said terms. .
At the end of appraisal works, in the case where the Parties should decide to jointly exploit such Natural Gas in order to supply the local market, or
in the case where the Contractor should decide to exploit it for export, the latter shall submit, prior to the end of the Exploration Authorization, an
application for an Exploitation Authorization which the Minister shall grant within the terms set forth in Article 9.6 here above.
The Contractor shall then proceed with the development and the production of such Natural Gas pursuant to the development and production
program submitted to the Minister and approved by the latter within the terms provided for in Article 9.5. The provisions of this Contract applicable
to Crude Petroleum shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Natural Gas, subject to the special provisions provided for in Articles 15.7 to 15.9 here
In the case where the production is intended in whole or in part for the local market, a supply contract shall be entered into, under the supervision of
the Minister, between the Contractor and the enterprise of the State responsible for the distribution of the gas. The Contract shall define the
obligations of the parties in the matter of delivery and lifting of the commercial gas and may contain a clause obligating the purchaser to pay a portion
of the price in the event of a default in the lifting of the contractual quantities.
If an appraisal program or application for an Exploitation Authorization has not been submitted within the time periods allowed for in Articles 9.2
and 9.5 here above, the surface comprising the extent of the deposit of Non-Associated Natural Gas shall be, upon the request of the Minister,
relinquished to the State, which shall be able to undertake for its own account all works of placement into exploitation of the deposit in question.
Associated Natural Gas
In the event of a discovery of a commercially exploitable deposit of Crude Petroleum containing Associated Natural Gas, the Contractor shall indicate
in the report provided for in
Article 9.3 here above whether he considers that the production of such Associated Natural Gas is likely to exceed the quantities necessary for the
purposes of Petroleum Operations relative to the production of Crude Petroleum, including therein the operations of reinjection, and whether it
considers that such excess is likely to be produced in marketable quantities. In the case where the Contractor will have advised the Minister of such
an excess amount, the Parties shall jointly evaluate the possible markets for such excess amount, both on the local and the export markets, including
therein the possibility of a joint marketing of their shares of production of such excess amount as well as the means necessary for its marketing.
In the case where the Parties should agree to exploit the excess amount of the Associated Natural Gas, or in the case where the Contractor should
decide to exploit such amount for export, the Contractor shall indicate in the development and production program referred to in Article 9.5 here above
the additional facilities necessary for the development and exploitation of such excess amount and his estimate of the costs pertaining thereto.
The Contractor must then proceed with the development and the exploitation of such excess amount pursuant to the development and production
program submitted and approved by the Minister within the terms set forth in Article 9.5 here above, and the provisions of this Contract applicable
to the Crude Petroleum shall apply mutatis mutandis to the excess quantity of Natural Gas, subject to the special provisions set forth in Articles
15.7 to 15.9 here below.
A similar procedure to that described in the paragraph here above shall be followed if the marketing of the Associated Natural Gas is decided upon
during the course of the exploitation of a deposit.
In the case where the Contractor should decide not to exploit the excess amount of Associated Natural Gas and if the State should at any time desire
to utilize it, the Minister shall so advise the Contractor, in which case:
The Contractor shall freely place at the disposal of the State all or a portion of the excess amount which the State desires to lift, at the exit point
of the separation facilities;
The State shall be responsible for the collection, the processing, compression and transport of such excess amount from the above-mentioned
separation facilities, and shall bear all additional costs pertaining thereto;
The construction of the facilities necessary for the operations referred to in paragraph b) here above, as well as the lifting of the excess amount
by the State, shall be accomplished pursuant to good oilfield practices in the international petroleum industry and in such a
manner so as not to impede production, lifting and transport of the Crude Petroleum by the Contractor.
Any excess amount of Associated Natural Gas which is not utilized within the framework of Articles 15.4 and 15.5 here above must be reinjected
by the Contractor, unless Contractor technically demonstrates that such reinjection would result in a reduction of maximum oil recovery, in which
case Contactor shall be authorized to flare said excess and shall be subject to the penalty provided for in Article 6.4.
The Contractor shall have the right to dispose of his share of production of Natural Gas, pursuant to the provisions of this Contract. He shall also
have the right to proceed with the separation of liquids of all Natural Gas produced, and to transport, store, as well as to sell on the local or export
market his share of the liquid Hydrocarbons thus separated, which Hydrocarbons shall be considered as Crude Petroleum for purposes of their
sharing between the Parties according to Article 10 here above.
For purposes of this Contract, the Market Price of the Natural Gas, expressed in Dollars per million of BTU, shall be equal:
To the price obtained from buyers with regard to export sales of Natural Gas to Third Parties;
With regard to sales on the local market of the Natural Gas as a fuel, to a price to be mutually agreed upon between the Minister or the national
entity in charge of the distribution of gas on the local market, and the Contractor, on the basis in particular of the market rate of a fuel
substitute for Natural Gas.
For purposes of the application of Articles 10.2, 10.3 and 13.2 here above, the quantities of Natural Gas available after deduction of quantities
reinjected, flared and those utilized for purposes of the Petroleum Operations shall be expressed in number of Barrels of Crude Petroleum such that
one hundred sixty-five (165) cubic meters of Natural Gas measured at a temperature of 15.6°C and at an atmospheric pressure of 1.01325 bars are
deemed to be equal to one (1) Barrel of Crude Petroleum, except as otherwise agreed between the Parties.
ARTICLE 16 : TRANSPORT OF HYDROCARBONS BY
The Contractor shall have the right, for the validity term of the Contract and within the terms defined in Title V of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code,
to process and transport within its own facilities inside of the territory of Mauritania and to cause to be processed and transported, while retaining
ownership, the products resulting from its exploitation activities or its share of such products, to points of storage, processing, lifting, or gross
In the case where agreements having as their purpose to permit or to facilitate transport by pipelines of Hydrocarbons through other states should
come to be agreed upon between such states and the Mauritanian State, the latter shall grant to the Contractor without discrimination all the benefits
which could result from the execution of such agreements..
Within the framework of its transport operations, the Contractor shall benefit from the rights and shall be subject to the obligations provided for in
Title V of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
ARTICLE 17 : OBLIGATION FOR SUPPLYING THE
The Contractor has the obligation of participating in meeting the needs of domestic consumption of Hydrocarbons, except for exports of petroleum
products, pursuant to the provisions of Article 41 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
The Minister shall notify the Contractor in writing, not later than the 1st of October of each Calendar Year, the quantities of Hydrocarbons which
the State chooses to purchase pursuant to this Article, during the course of the following Calendar Year. The deliveries shall be made, to the State or
to the person designated by the Minister, by quantities and at regular time intervals during the course of said Year, according to terms set by
agreement of the parties.
The price of the Hydrocarbons so sold by the Contractor to the State shall be the Market Price established according to the provisions of Articles 14
and 15.8 here above; it shall be payable to the Contractor in Dollars within sixty (60) days from the date of delivery. A sales contract shall be
entered into between the State and the Contractor which shall establish payment procedures
and pertaining guarantees.
ARTICLE 18 : IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION
The Contractor shall have the right to import into Mauritania, for its account or for that of its subcontractors, all merchandise, materials, machines,
equipment, spare parts and consumable materials necessary for the proper execution of Petroleum Operations and specified in a customs list
established by the Ministry, upon the proposal of the Contractor, pursuant to Article 92 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code.
It is understood that the Contractor and his subcontractors undertake to proceed with the importing defined here above only to the extent that said
materials and equipment are not available in Mauritania upon equivalent conditions in terms of price, quantity, quality, terms of payment and time
period for delivery.
The imports and re-exports of the Contractor and of his subcontractors are subject to the customs regime set forth in Articles 90 to 96 of the Crude
The Contractor, his clients and their transporters shall have, for the duration of the Contract, the right to freely export at the point of exportation
chosen for such purpose, free of all customs duties and taxes and at any time whatsoeverand pursuant to the provisions of the Crude Hydrocarbons
Code, the portion of Hydrocarbons to which the Contractor is entitled according to the provisions of the Contract, after deduction of all deliveries
made to the State pursuant to Article 17. However, the Contractor undertakes, at the request of the State, not to sell the Hydrocarbons produced in
Mauritania to countries declared hostile to the State.
ARTICLE 19 : FOREIGN EXCHANGE
The Contractor shall benefit from the rights and is subject to the obligations provided for in Title VII of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code in matters of
control of foreign exchange and of protection of investments.
ARTICLE 20 : BOOK-KEEPING, MONETARY UNIT,
The records and books of account of the Contractor shall be kept according to the accounting rules generally utilized in the international petroleum
industry, pursuant to the regulations in force and with the Accounting Procedure defined in Appendix 2 of this Contract.
The records and books of account shall be kept in the English language and denominated in Dollars. They shall be fully supported by detailed
documentation proving the expenses and receipts of the Contractor with respect to this Contract.
Such records and books of account shall be utilized in particular to determine Petroleum Costs, and the net profits of the Contractor subject to the
Industrial and Commercial Income Tax pursuant to Articles 66 et seq of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code. They must contain the accounts of the
Contractor highlighting the sales of Hydrocarbons under the terms of this Contract.
For informational purposes, the accounting of profits and balance sheets shall be kept in Ouguiyas.
The originals of the records and accounting books referred to in Article 20.1 here above can be kept at the central headquarters of the Contractor, up
until the Contractor is granted the first Exploitation Authorization, with at least one copy in Mauritania. Starting from the month during the course of
which such Exploitation Authorization is granted to the Contractor, the originals of said records and accounting books as well as the supporting
documents pertaining thereto shall be kept in Mauritania.
The Minister, after having informed the Contractor in writing, may cause to have the records and books of account relative to the Petroleum
Operations examined and verified by auditors of his choice or by his own agents, according to the terms specified in the Accounting Procedure. He
shall have a period of three (3) years following the end of a given Calendar Year to carry out the examinations or verifications concerning said
Calendar Year and present to the Contractor his objections for any contradictions or errors noted at the time of such examinations or verifications.
The Parties may agree to extend this time period by one additional year if special circumstances so justify it.
For Petroleum Costs incurred before the first year of production of Hydrocarbons, the time period of verification and of rectification is extended to the
end of the second Calendar Year following the Calendar Year during which the first lifting of Hydrocarbons takes place.
The Contractor is required to furnish all necessary assistance to persons appointed by the Minister for this purpose and to facilitate the services they
are rendering. The reasonable expenses for examination and of verification shall be reimbursed to the State by the Contractor and shall be considered
to be recoverable Petroleum Costs according to the provisions of Article 10.2 here above.
The sums due to the State or to the Contractor shall be payable in Dollars or in a convertible currency chosen by common agreement between the
In the event of a delay in payment, the sums due shall bear interest at the LIBOR rate +5% starting from the day that they should have been paid up
until their payment, with monthly compounding of interest if the payment is more than thirty (30) days late.
ARTICLE 21 : PARTICIPATION OF THE STATE
The State shall acquire on the Effective Date, through the National Enterprise (Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures) referred to in Article 6 of
the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, a carried interest of ten percent (10%) in the rights and obligations of the Contractor in the Exploration Perimeter. The
entities of the Contractor, other than the National Enterprise, shall finance the share of the latter in all Petroleum Costs corresponding to the
exploration Petroleum Operations including therein the evaluation/appraisal of discoveries made in the Exploration Perimeter, during the entire
duration of the Exploration Authorization which is the subject of Article 3 here above.
The National Enterprise, as an entity of the Contractor, shall benefit on account of and pro rata to its participation from the same rights and benefits
and is subject to the same obligations as the other members of the Contractor, subject to the provisions of this Article 21.
The State shall have the option to acquire, through the National Enterprise, a participation in the Petroleum Operations in any Exploitation Perimeter
resulting from the Exploration Perimeter within the limits indicated in Article 21.3 here below.
In such case, the National Enterprise shall be the beneficiary, on account of and pro rata to its participation, of the same rights and subject to the
same obligations as those of the Contractor defined in this Contract, subject to the provisions of this Article 21.
In order to avoid any ambiguity, the participation of the State in the Exploration Perimeter shall continue to be carried by the entities of the Contractor
pursuant to the provisions of Article 21.1 here above.
In the case of the exercise by the State of the option of participation in an Exploitation Perimeter mentioned in Article 21.2 here above, such
participation may not be less than ten percent (10% ) and may not exceed fourteen percent ( 14%).
Not later than six (6) months starting from the date of the grant of an Exploitation Authorization, the Minister must notify the Contractor in writing
of the decision of the State to exercise its option of participation in specifying the percentage chosen within the limit set forth in Article 21.3 here
Said participation shall take effect starting from the date of receipt of notification of the exercise of the option of the State.
In order to avoid any ambiguity, the State shall have no participation in Petroleum Operations in any Exploitation Perimeter from the Exploration
Perimeter if he does not exercise the option mentioned in Article 21.2 here above.
Starting from the effective date of its participation, which is the subject of Articles 21.2 to 21.4 here above, the State shall finance the Petroleum
Costs in the relevant Exploitation Perimeter pro rata to its participation.
The State shall reimburse to the entities of the Contractor, other than the National Enterprise, pursuant to Article 21.6 here below, pro rata to its
participation, the Petroleum Costs not yet recovered relative to said Exploitation Perimeter and incurred since the Effective Date (with the exclusion of
exploitation Petroleum Costs (OPEX) and financing costs), up until the date of receipt of notification referred to in Article 21.4 here above.
The Contractor shall not be subject to any tax of any type whatsoever, by reason of such reimbursements or possible added value pertaining thereto.
The State shall assign and shall continue to assign to the Contractor thirty percent (30%) of the share of production to which it is entitled from its
participation and as recovery of Petroleum Costs pursuant to Article 10.2 here above and the Accounting Procedure constituting Appendix 2, until the
cumulative value of such transfers or reimbursements, appraised according to the provisions of Articles 14 and 15 here above, is equal to one
hundred fifteen percent (115%) of the Petroleum Costs prior to the Effective Date of the participation and referred to in the second paragraph of
Article 21.5 here above.
In order to remove any ambiguity, the reimbursement of the exploration Petroleum Costs stipulated in Articles 21.5 and 21 .6 here above, does not in
any way include the sums paid by the Contractor with respect to Article 13 of this Contract.
The reimbursements which will be made by the State with respect to the provisions of Articles 21.5 and 21.6 here above, shall be paid in kind by
the State which shall transfer to the entities of the Contractor, other than the National Enterprise, each Quarter at the Delivery Point the percentage of
its quarterly share of production of Hydrocarbons stipulated in said Articles.
However, the State reserves the option to make said reimbursements in Dollars for which the payment in full must take place within a time period of
ninety (90) days starting from the effective date of the participation referred to in Article 21.4 here above.
In the event that the payment of all said reimbursements within the time periods provided here above does not take place, the reimbursement in kind
such as referred to in Articles 21.5 and 21.6 here above shall apply.
The practical methods of participation of the State stipulated in Article 21.1 here above as well as the rules and obligations of the entities of the
Contractor, including therein the National Enterprise, shall be determined in an association contract (JOA), substantially conforming to the AIPN
model JOA, which shall be entered into between these entities and shall enter into force not later than ninety (90) days starting from the Effective
Date. Said association contract (JOA) shall be amended as necessary and in particular to take into account, if applicable, the exercise by the State of
its participation, which is the subject of Article 21.2 here above.
The National Enterprise, on the one hand, and the other entities making up the Contractor on the other hand, shall not be jointly and severally liable
for the obligations resulting from this Contract vis-a-vis the State. The National Enterprise shall be individually responsible vis-à-vis the State for its
obligations such as provided in this Contract. Any default of the National Enterprise to execute any of its obligations shall not be considered as a
default of the other entities making up the Contractor and shall in no event be invoked by the State in order to cancel this Contract. The association
of the National Enterprise to the Contractor, shall not under any circumstance cause void nor affect the rights of the other entities constituting the
Contractor to have recourse to the arbitration clause provided in Article 28 here below.
ARTICLE 22 : ASSIGNMENT
The rights and obligations resulting from this Contract may not be assigned to a Third Party, wholly or in part, by any of the entities making up the
Contractor, without the prior approval of the Minister .
If within the three (3) months following notification to the Minister of a proposed assignment accompanied by the necessary information to prove the
technical and financial means of the assignee as well as the terms and conditions of assignment, the Minister has not given notice of his opposition
with reasonable justification, such assignment shall be deemed to have been approved by the Minister.
Starting from the date of approval, the assignee shall acquire the status of a member of the Contractor and must satisfy the obligations imposed upon
the Contractor by this Contract.
Each of the entities making up the Contractor may freely and at any time assign all or a portion of its interests under the Contract to an Affiliated
Company or to another entity of the Contractor provided that the Minister is notified beforehand.
Likewise, the Contractor, or any entity of the Contractor, shall be required to submit for prior approval of the Minister:
Any plan which would be likely to lead, in particular through a new allocation of capital stock, to a change of the direct control of the
Contractor or of an entity comprising the Contractor. In particular the following shall be considered as elements of control of the Contractor, or
of an entity comprising the Contractor : a change in the allocation of capital stock, the nationality of the majority shareholders, as well as the
statutory provisions relative to the registered office and the rights and obligations attached to the company shares with respect to the majority
required at the shareholder meetings. However, the transfers of company shares to Affiliated Companies may be freely made subject to prior
declaration to the Minister for information and application of the provisions of Article 24.4 here below, if applicable. As for transfer of
company shares to Third Parties, transfers
shall not be subject to the approval of the Minister unless they result in the transfer of greater than thirty percent (30%) of the capital of the
Any plan to pledge as security property and facilities earmarked for Petroleum Operations.
The plans referred to in paragraphs a) and b) shall be notified to the Minister. If within a time period of three (3) months, the Minister has not
notified the Contractor or one of the entities in question of his opposition with reasonable justification to said plans, the plans shall be deemed
When the Contractor is made up of several entities, it shall furnish to the Minister, within the month following its signature, a copy of the
association agreement (JOA) binding the entities and of all modifications which could be made to said agreement, in specifying the name of the
enterprise appointed as Operator for the Petroleum Operations. Any change of Operator shall be submitted to the approval of the Minister, pursuant to
the provisions of Article 6.2 here above.
The transfers made in violation of the provisions of this Article 22 shall be null and void.
ARTICLE 23 : OWNERSHIP, USAGE AND ABANDONMENT OF PROPERTY
The Contractor shall be the owner of property, moveable and immoveable, which he will have acquired for purposes of the Petroleum Operations,
and shall retain the full usage thereof, as well as the right to export them or to transfer them to Third Parties during the entire term of the Contract,
provided that the State may acquire for free, at the request of the Minister, all or a portion of the property belonging to the Contractor which will have
been utilized for the Petroleum Operations and for which the acquisition costs will have been fully recovered pursuant to Article 10 here above in the
Upon expiration, surrender or termination of this Contract ;
In the event of surrender or of expiration of an Exploitation Authorization, with regard to the works and facilities situated in the Exploitation
Perimeter and the equipment earmarked exclusively for Petroleum Operations in the Exploitation Perimeter in question, unless the Contractor
wishes to utilize such property for the Petroleum Operations in other Exploitation Perimeters resulting from the Exploration Perimeter.
Upon the expiration, surrender or termination of any Exploitation Authorization, the Contractor must proceed with all operations necessary to
rehabilitate its original condition in conformity
with a Remediation Plan drawn up and financed within the following terms:
At the end of the Quarter during the course of which sixty percent (60%) of the recoverable reserves of Hydrocarbons identified in the
development program of a deposit referred to in Article 9.5 will have been recovered, the Contractor shall prepare and submit to the Minister
for approval a Remediation Plan of the site, in conformity with good oilfield practices of the international petroleum industry, which he
proposes to carry out at the end of production operations, as well as the corresponding budget. Each Calendar Year the Contractor shall
incorporate into the Remediation Plan the necessary revisions to take into account the changes of technical and financial parameters. The
revised Remediation Plan shall become the new Remediation Plan which shall be taken into account for the calculation of the payments on the
sequestered account ;
The Remediation Plan shall include a detailed description of the works of removal and/or of securing of infrastructure such as the platforms,
the storage facilities, the wells, pipes, gathering lines, etc., necessary for the protection of the environment and of persons;
The Minister may, in consultation with the Minister in charge of the Environment, propose revisions or modifications to the Remediation
Plan, notifying the Contractor thereof in writing with all appropriate justifying supporting information, within the ninety (90) days following
receipt of said Plan. The provisions of Article 5.2 here above shall apply to said Plan with regard to its adoption. When the results acquired
during the course of exploitation justify changes to the Remediation Plan, said Plan and the corresponding budget may be modified in
conformity with the adoption procedure described here before;
For purposes of financing the operations set forth in the Remediation Plan, the Contractor shall open a sequestered account with a top tier
international banking establishment acceptable to the Minister, which he will fund starting from the Quarter following the adoption of the
Remediation Plan via annual payments of amounts and according to a schedule determined in agreement with the Minister ;
The funds paid into the sequestered account shall be treated as recoverable Petroleum Costs according to the terms set forth in Article 10.2 here
above, and shall be considered to be deductible charges for the determination of the tax on industrial and commercial profits. Such funds, as
well as the interest received on the sequestered account, shall be
earmarked exclusively for the payment of expenses linked to the operations of the Remediation Plan ;
The Contractor shall notify the Minister, with an advance notice of one hundred eighty (180) days, of his intention to start up the operations
set forth in the Remediation Plan, unless the Minister notifies Contractor within thirty (30) days following the above-cited opinion that:
(i) the exploitation of the deposit of the Exploitation Perimeter in question shall be pursued by the State or by a Third Party, or
(ii) the State wishes to retain the facilities for justifiable reasons.
In the two cases cited in i) and ii) here above, the sequestered account shall be transferred to the successor responsible party and Contractor is
relieved of all liability with regard to the Remediation Plan and the sequestered account pertaining to the deposit in question;
In the case where the expenses necessary for the execution of the Rehabilitation Plan are greater than the amount available in the sequestered
account, the excess amount shall be entirely at the expense of the Contractor;
The Contractor shall pay to the State upon completion of Rehabilitation Plan any residual amount of the sequestered account not utilized for
the carrying out of the Rehabilitation Plan and which will have been recovered under this Article 10.2 here above.
ARTICLE 24 : LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
The Contractor shall indemnify and hold harmless any person, including the State, for any damage or loss that the Contractor, his employees or his
subcontractors and their employees may cause to the person, property or rights of other persons, by reason of or during Petroleum Operations.
In the event the liability of the State is implicated by reason of or during the course of Petroleum Operations, the Minister must so advise the
Contractor, who shall conduct the defense in this regard and shall indemnfiy the State for any sum which the latter is required to pay or any expense
pertaining thereto which he has borne or which is incurred subseqent of a claim.
The Contractor shall obtain and maintain in force, and shall cause his subcontractors to obtain and to maintain in force, all insurance coverages
relative to Petroleum Operations of the type and amounts in use in the international petroleum industry, in particular (a) general third party liability
coverage, (b) coverage for environmental risks pertaining to the Petroleum Operations, (c) coverage for employee work-related accidents (d) any other
insurance coverage required by the regulations in force.
The insurance coverages in question shall be obtained from top tier insurance companies pursuant to the applicable regulations.
The Contractor shall provide the Minister with certifications proving the obtaining of insurance coverage and the maintenance in force of the abovecited insurance coverages.
When the Contractor is made up of several entities, the obligations and responsibilities of the latter under this Contract shall be, without prejudice to
the provisions of Article 21 here above, joint and several with the exception of their obligations pertaining to the Industrial and Commercial Income
If one of the entities of the Contractor assigns all or a portion of his rights and obligations in connection with this Contract to an Affiliated Company,
whenever the latter displays a lower level of financial and technical qualification, the parent company shall submit for the approval of the Minister a
commitment guaranteeing the proper execution of the obligations arising from this Contract.
ARTICLE 25 : TERMINATION OF THE CONTRACT
This Contract may be terminated, without compensation, in any of the following cases:
Serious and/or continued violation by the Contractor of the provisions of this Contract, of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, or of the regulations
in force applicable to the Contractor;
Failure to remit a bank guarantee pursuant to Article 4.6 here above;
Delay of more than three (3) months of a payment due to the State;
Cessation of development works of a deposit for six (6) consecutive months without the consent of the Minister;
After the startup of production on a deposit, cessation of his exploitation for a period of greater than six (6) months, decided upon by the
Contractor without the consent of the Minister;
Non-execution by the Contractor within the time period prescribed by an arbitral award rendered pursuant to the provisions of Article 28 here
Bankruptcy, receivership or liquidation of the property of the Contractor.
Except for the case set forth in subparagraph g) here above, the Minister may only pronounce the forfeiture provided for in Article 25.1 here above
after having placed the Contractor on notice, by registered letter with return receipt, to remedy the violation in question within the allowed time period
specified in the notice from the time of receipt of such.
If there is a failure by the Contractor to remedy the violation which was the subject of the termination notice within the time period allowed, the
termination of this Contract may be pronounced.
Any dispute as to the justification of the termination of the Contract pronounced by the Minister is open to recourse to arbitration pursuant to the
provisions of Article 28 here below. In such a case, the Contract shall remain in force until an arbitral award confirms the justifiability of such
termination, in which case the Contract will definitively terminate. .
The termination of this Contract shall automatically entail the withdrawal of the Exploration Authorization and of the currently valid Exploitation
ARTICLE 26 : APPLICABLE LAW AND STABILIZATION OF TERMS
This Contract is governed by the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, supplemented by general principles of the laws of
The Contractor shall be subject at all times to the laws and regulations in force in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
No legislative or regulatory provision occurring after the Effective Date of the Contract may be applied to the Contractor which would have as a
direct or an indirect effect to diminish the rights of the Contractor or to increase his obligations under this Contract and the legislation and regulations
in force upon the Effective Date of this Contract, without the prior agreement of the Parties.
However, it is agreed that the Contractor cannot, with reference to the preceding paragraph, oppose the application of the legislative and regulatory
provisions which are generally applicable, adopted after the Effective Date of the Contract, in the matter of safety of persons and of protection of the
environment or employment law
ARTICLE 27 : FORCE MAJEURE
Any obligation resulting from this Contract which would be totally or partially impossible for a Party to carry out, other than payments for which it
is responsible to pay, shall not be considered to be a violation of this Contract if said non-execution results from a case of Force Majeure, provided
however that there is a direct link of cause and effect between impediment and the case of Force Majeure invoked.
For purposes of this Contract the following should be understood to be a case of Force Majeure : any event which is unforeseeable, irresistible or
outside of the will of the Party invoking it, such as earthquake, accidents, strike, guerilla actions, acts of terrorism, blockade, riot, insurrection,
civil unrest, sabotage, acts of war, the Contractor being subject to any law, regulation, or any other cause outside of his control and which has as a
result of delaying or rendering momentarily impossible the execution of all or a portion of his obligations. The intention of the Parties is that the term
Force Majeure be given the interpretation the most in conformity with the principles and customs of international law and with the practices of the
international petroleum industry.
When a Party considers itself prevented from carrying out any of its obligations by reason of a case of Force Majeure, it must immediately so notify
the other Party in writing specifying the elements of the type to establish the case of Force Majeure and to take, in agreement with the other Party, all
appropriate and necessary provisions in order to allow a return to the normal
execution of obligations affected by the Force Majeure after the case of Force Majeure ceases.
The obligations, other than those affected by the Force Majeure, must continue to be fulfilled pursuant to the provisions of this Contract.
If, following a case of Force Majeure, the execution of any of the obligations of this Contract was delayed, the duration of the delay resulting
therefrom, increased by the delay which may be necessary for the repair of all damage caused by the case of Force Majeure, shall be added to the time
period stipulated in this Contract for the execution of said obligation as well as to the duration of the currently valid Exploration Authorization and of
any Exploitation Authorizations.
ARTICLE 28 : ARBITRATION AND EXPERTISE
In the event of a dispute between the State and the Contractor concerning the interpretation or the application of the provisions of this Contract, the
Parties shall make good faith effort to resolve such dispute amicably.
With regard to the Market Price, the provisions of Article 14.5 here above shall apply.
The Parties may also agree to submit any other dispute of a technical nature to an expert appointed by common agreement or by the International
Centre for Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”).
If, within a time period of ninety (90) days starting from the date of notification of a dispute, the Parties are not able to reach an amicable solution or
following the proposal of an expert, said dispute shall be submitted at the request of the most diligent Party to the ICC for arbitration following the
rules set by the Rules of Arbitration of the ICC.
The location of the arbitration shall be Paris (France). The languages utilized during the proceedings shall be the French and English languages and
the applicable law shall be the Mauritanian law, as well as the rules and customs of applicable international law in the matter.
The arbitrational court shall be made up of three (3) arbitrators. No arbitrator shall be a national of the countries of which the Parties are nationals.
The award of the court is rendered on a definitive and irrevocable basis. It is binding upon the Parties and is immediately executory.
The expenses of arbitration shall be borne in equal part by the Parties, subject to the decision of the court concerning their allocation.
The Parties formally and without reservation waive any right to attack such award, to impede its recognition and its execution by any means
The Parties shall conform to any protective measures ordered by the arbitrational court. Without prejudice to the power of the arbitrational court to
recommend protective measures, each Party may solicit provisional or protective measures in application of the pre-arbitration emergency procedure
rules of the ICC.
The introduction of an arbitrational procedure shall entail the suspension of the contractual provisions with respect to the subject of the dispute, but
shall leave in place all other rights and obligations of the Parties with respect to this Contract.
Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 21 here above, the costs and expert fees referred to in Article 28.1 here above shall be borne by the
Contractor up until the grant of the first Exploitation Authorization and thereafter half by each of the Parties. Such costs shall be considered as
recoverable Petroleum Costs with regard to Article 10 of this Contract.
ARTICLE 29 : TERMS FOR APPLICATION OF THE CONTRACT
The Parties agree to cooperate in all ways possible in order to achieve the objectives of this Contract.
The State shall facilitate the Contractor in the exercise of his activities in granting to him all permits, authorizations, licenses and access rights
necessary for the carrying out of the Petroleum Operations, and in placing at his disposal all appropriate services to said Operations of the Contractor
, of his employees and agents on national territory.
Any application for the above-cited permits, authorizations, licenses and rights shall be submitted to the Minister who shall transmit it, if applicable
to the relevant Ministries and entities, and shall ensure its follow-up. Such applications may not be refused without a legitimate reason and shall be
diligently handled in a manner so as to not unduly delay the Petroleum Operations.
All notices or other communications related to this Contract must be sent in writing and shall be considered to have been validly made from the time
they are, hand delivered against receipt, to the qualified representative of the concerned Party at the place of its principal establishment in Mauritania,
or delivered in a stamped envelope, by registered mail with return receipt, or sent by telecopy confirmed by letter, and after confirmation of receipt by
the recipient, at the address chosen by them and deemed authentic indicated here below :
For the Ministry :
Department of Crude Hydrocarbons
BP : 4921
TEL/FAX : +222 524 43 07
For the Contractor :
Kosmos Energy Mauritania
c/o Wilmington Trust
4th Floor, Century Yard
Cricket Square, Hutchins Dr.
Elgin Avenue, George Town
Grand Cayman KY1-1209
: Andrew Johnson
With Copy to:
Kosmos Energy Mauritania
c/o Kosmos Energy, LLC.
Attention: General Counsel
8176 Park Lane, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75231
The notices shall be considered as having been made upon the date of confirmation of the receipt.
The State and the Contractor may at any time change their authorized representatives or choice of domicile mentioned in Article 29.2 here above,
subject to having so notified with an advance notice of at least ten (10) days.
This Contract may not be modified except by common agreement of the Parties and by the execution of an approved amendment entering into force
within the terms provided in Article 30 here below.
Any waiver by the State of the execution of an obligation of the Contractor must be done in writing and signed by the Minister, and no possible
waiver can be considered as a precedent if the State declines to act upon any of its rights which are recognized by this Contract.
Titles appearing in this Contract are inserted for purposes of convenience and of reference and in no way shall define, nor limit, nor describe the
scope or the purpose of the provisions of the Contract.
Appendices 1, 2 and 3 attached hereto are an integral part of this Contract. However, in the event of conflict, the provisions of this Contract shall
prevail over those of the Appendices.
ARTICLE 30 : ENTRY INTO FORCE
Once signed by the Parties, this Contract shall be approved by decree made in the Council of Ministers and shall enter into force upon the date of publication
of the said decree in the Official Journal, said date being designated under the name Effective Date and rendering said Contract binding upon the Parties.
In witness whereof, the Parties have signed this Contract in two (2) original copies.
Nouakchott, on April 5, 2012
THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC
/s/ John R. KEMP III
/s/ Taleb ABDIVALL
APPENDIX 1 : EXPLORATION PERIMETER
Attached and being an integral part of the Contract between the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Contractor.
On the Effective Date, the initial Exploration Perimeter includes a surface area deemed to be equal to twelve thousand one hundred twenty-five (12,125) km²,
Such Exploration Perimeter is represented on the attached map with the indicated coordinates.
MAP OF THE EXPLORATION PERIMETER
APPENDIX 2 : ACCOUNTING PROCEDURE
Attached to and an integral part of the Contract between the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Contractor.
ARTICLE 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS
The purpose of this Accounting Procedure is to set the rules and methods of accounting for the verification of Petroleum Costs to provide for their recovery and
for the purpose of sharing production in accordance with Article 10 of the Contract, as well as the rules to determine net profits of the Contractor for purposes
of calculating the tax on industrial and commercial profits.
The accounts, books and registers of the Contractor shall be maintained consistent with the rules of the applicable accounting plan in Mauritania and the
practices and methods in use in the international petroleum industry.
Pursuant to the provisions of Article 20.2 of the Contract, the accounts, books and registers of the Contractor shall be kept in the English language using the
Dollar as the unit of account.
Anytime, whenever it is necessary to convert into Dollars expenses and revenue paid or received in any other currency, these currencies shall be valued on the
basis of the rate of exchange quoted on the foreign-exchange market of Paris, in accordance with terms determined by mutual agreement.
The definitions of words which appear in this Appendix 2 are the same as those of the corresponding words as they appear in the Contract.
The word « Contractor », has the meaning given to it by the Contract, and may sometimes refer to the Operator when the Contractor is made up of several
entities and when Petroleum Operations are conducted by the Operator on behalf of all these entities, or sometimes the reference is to each of these entities
whenever the obligation of each individual entity is being addressed.
ARTICLE 2: ACCOUNTING FOR PETROLEUM COSTS
General rules and principles. Classes and groupings
The Contractor shall at all times keep books of account specially reserved and organized for the booking of Petroleum Costs ; they shall detail the
expenses actually incurred by it and giving rise to recovery consistent with the provisions of the Contract and of this Appendix, the recovered
Petroleum Costs, progressively as the production intended for such purpose becomes available, as well as the amounts which must be properly
deducted or which have the effect of reducing the Petroleum Costs.
The accounting of Petroleum Costs must highlight at all times and for each Exploration Perimeter and for each Exploitation Perimeter derived
The full amount of the Petroleum Costs paid by Contractor from Effective Date;
The full amount of the Petroleum Costs recovered;
The amounts which diminish or otherwise are a deduction from Petroleum Costs and the type of operations related to these amounts;
The balance of Petroleum Costs not yet recovered.
The accounting for Petroleum Costs shall comprise as debit entries all expenses actually incurred and directly related to Petroleum Operations in
accordance with the Contract and the provisions of this Appendix, and considered chargeable to Petroleum Costs.
These expenses which have been actually incurred must:
Be actually incurred by Contractor ;
Be necessary to the proper carrying out of Petroleum Operations ;
Be properly incurred and supported by items and documents which allow an effective audit by the Ministry.
The accounting for Petroleum Costs shall include as credit entries the amount of recovered Petroleum Costs as and when this recovery takes place,
and as and when the amounts are collected, the revenue and miscellaneous products which are to be deducted from or operate to diminish the
The original text of contracts, invoices and other documents which support the Petroleum Costs must be available for examination by the Ministry
and produced whenever it requests it.
Petroleum Costs are recovered in accordance with the following:
The priority order arranged by the type of costs:
Exploitation Petroleum Costs ;
Development Petroleum Costs ;
Exploration Petroleum Costs;
As these categories of Petroleum Costs are defined in Articles 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 of this Appendix.
Priority based on geographic considerations:
Petroleum Costs incurred in an Exploitation Perimeter shall be the first to be recovered from the production extracted from that
perimeter consistent with the order of priorities stipulated in paragraph a) here above ;
Petroleum Costs incurred outside of an Exploitation Perimeter shall be recovered in second priority from the production extracted
from that perimeter consistent with the priority order specified in paragraph a) here above.
Petroleum Costs incurred in the Exploitation Perimeters, other than that in question shall be recovered before the Petroleum Costs
incurred in the Exploration Perimeter and in accordance with the order of priority stipulated in subparagraph a) here above.
Each entity which makes up the Contractor is entitled to its cost recovery upon commencement of production.
Accounting for Petroleum Costs must be true and accurate ; it must be organized and the books must be kept and submitted in such manner that
they can be easily grouped together and make the relevant Petroleum Costs clearly apparent, in particular as they relate to the following expenses:
production of Crude Petroleum,
production of Natural Gas,
transportation of Hydrocarbons and storage thereof,
ancillary activities, auxiliary or subordinate, and separate from them,
as well as the amounts paid in the sequestered account in accordance with Article 23.2 of the Contract.
For each of the activities here above listed, the accounting of Petroleum Costs must clearly show the following expenses:
Related to tangible assets, in particular those which refer to the purchase, creation, construction or carrying out of:
buildings (workshops, offices, storage areas, dwellings, laboratories, etc....),
facilities for loading and storage,
access roads and general infrastructure works,
facilities to transport Hydrocarbons (pipelines, tankers, etc.),
specific equipment and facilities,
vehicles for use of transport and civil engineering machinery,
materiel and tools (the normal useful life of which exceeds one year),
other tangible assets.
Related to intangible assets, particularly those which relate to:
Surface investigation of geological or geophysical nature and related to laboratory work (studies, reprocessing, etc.),
Nonproductive exploration wells which are not utilized in furtherance of the development plan,
Other intangible assets.
Related to raw materials consumables;
Operational for functioning expenses :
Involved here are expenses of whatever nature, excepting the overhead referred to below, and which are not accounted for in subparagraphs
a) to c) above of this Article 2.1.8, and which are directly connected to the study, progress and the implementation of Petroleum
Non operating expenses or overhead :
Involved here are expenses borne by the Contractor related to Petroleum Operations and connected to management or to administration of the
Moreover, the accounting of Petroleum Costs must show, for each category of expenses listed or defined in subparagraphs a) to d) of Article 2-1-8
above, all payments made to the following:
The Operator, for goods and services which it has itself furnished;
For the entities which make up the Contractor, the goods and services which they have supplied themselves;
Analysis of expenses and methodology for attribution
The principles for attribution and the usual analytical methods of the Contractor in the matter of itemizing and of reintegrating must be applied in a
homogeneous manner, which is fair and does not discriminate against its activities taken as a whole. They must be submitted to the Ministry on its
The Contractor must inform Ministry of any change made by it in its principles and methodology.
Tangible assets constructed, manufactured, created or brought about by the Contractor in the furtherance of Petroleum Operations and dedicated to
these operations as well as their normal maintenance shall be accounted for at the acquisition cost of construction, manufacturing, creation, or
Equipment, materials and consumables required for Petroleum Operations and not including those referred to above shall be:
Either acquired for immediate use, subject to the time spent in transport, and if necessary, the temporary storage by Contractor (provided
they shall not have been commingled with his own inventory). This equipment, materials and consumables acquired by the Contractor
shall be valued, for their charging Petroleum Costs, at their landed price in Mauritania.
“The Landed price in Mauritania “ includes the following items, which shall be accounted for in accordance with the analytic methodology
Purchase price less discounts and rebates,
Transport costs, insurance, transit costs, handling and customs (and other possible taxes and fees) from the storage site of the
vendor to that of the Contractor or to the place they are utilized, as may be applicable,
Or supplied by the Contractor from its own inventory
New equipment and materials other than consumables, supplied by the Contractor from its own inventory, shall be valued for
accounting purposes at the weighted purchase price calculated pursuant to the provisions of subparagraph a) of this Article 2.2.3,
hereafter « net cost ».
Materials and equipment which are depreciable and already used supplied by the Contractor from his own inventory or which
originate from other activities he may have had, including those of Affiliated Companies, shall be valued for purposes of booking
Petroleum Costs, in accordance with the following schedule:
New Material (Condition « A »): New Material, never used : 100% (one hundred percent) of the net cost.
Material in good condition (Condition « B »): Material in good condition and still utilizable for its original purpose without repair: 75% (seventyfive percent) of the net cost of the new material as defined here above.
Other used material (Condition « C »): Material which is still utilizable for its original purpose, but only after repair and upgrading: 50% (fifty
percent) of the net cost of the new material as defined here above.
Material in poor condition (Condition « D »): Material not utilizable for its original purpose but still usable for another purpose: 25% (twenty-five
percent) of net cost of the new material as defined here above.
Junk and scrap (Condition « E »): Materials unusable and not repairable: applicable price for junk.
188.8.131.52 The Operator does not guarantee the quality of the new material referred to above beyond the warranty furnished by the manufacturer or seller of the
subject material. In the event of defective new material, Contractor will do its best to seek reimbursement or compensation from the manufacturer or
the reseller; however, the corresponding credit shall only be booked after receipt of reimbursement for indemnification;
184.108.40.206 In the event used material referred to above is defective, the Contractor shall credit the account of the Petroleum Costs with the amount which it will
have actually received as compensation.
220.127.116.11 Utilization of materials, equipment and facilities which are Contractor’s own property Materials, equipment and facilities which are Contractor’s
own property and which are temporarily put into use to carry out Petroleum Operations, shall be charged to Petroleum Costs at a rental amount
covering the following:
Maintenance and repairs,
A share of depreciation pro rata to the time period utilized for Petroleum Operations, calculated by applying to the original costs (initial cost
before revaluation), a rate which shall not exceed the one provided by Article 4.2 here below.
The expenses of transport and operations and all other expenses have not been otherwise charged.
The invoiced price shall exclude any excess cost, arising in particular from breakdown or abnormal or inappropriate use of the same equipment and
facilities in furtherance of the Contractor’s activities which are not Petroleum Operations.
In all events, costs charged as Petroleum Costs for use of this equipment and facilities shall not exceed those in common usage in Mauritania by
Third Parties, nor shall they result in a cascading charge of expenses and profit margins.
The Contractor shall maintain detailed statement of materials, equipment and facilities which are owned by it and used in Petroleum Operations, it
shall indicate the description and serial number of each unit, the maintenance expenses, the relevant repairs, and the dates on which each item has
been dedicated to and then withdrawn from Petroleum Operations. This statement must delivered to the Ministry not later than March 1 st of every
Expenses of this type shall be charged to Petroleum Costs at the Contractor’s actual cost for the charges for services involved, such as this price
appears in the Contractor’s accounts consistent with the applicable provisions of this Appendix. These expenses include in particular:
The taxes, fees and imposts due and payable in Mauritania under applicable regulations and the provisions of the Contract and directly related to
Surface rentals, the BIC tax and the bonuses provided for respectively in Articles 11 and 13 of the Contract, as well as any other charge the recovery
of which is disallowed by the provisions of this Contract or of this Appendix, shall not be charged to Petroleum Costs..
Personnel expenses and environment of the personnel
To the extent that they correspond to actual work and services and that they are not excessive with regard to the importance of the responsibilities
exercised, to the work carried out, and to the customary practices, such expenses cover all payments made to employ and and provide benefits to
personnel working in Mauritania and hired for the conduct and execution of the Petroleum Operations or for their supervision. Such personnel
includes persons recruited locally by the by the Contractor and those placed at the Contractor’s disposal by the Affiliated Companies, the other
Parties or Third Parties.
Such expenses are also deductible when they are connected to fixed premises of the Contractor abroad, when the activity of such premises is carried
out exclusively for the benefit of the Petroleum Operations of the Contractor in Mauritania.
18.104.22.168 Expense Items
The expenses of personnel and personnel benefits shall include, on the one hand, all sums paid or reimbursed on account of such personnel referred
to here above, under legal and regulatory texts, collective agreements, employment contracts and the internal policies of the Contractor and, on the
other hand, expenses paid for the benefit of such personnel:
Salaries and pay for active employment or holidays, overtime, bonuses and other compensation;
Employer contributions pertaining thereto resulting from legal and regulatory texts, collective agreements and terms of employment;
Expenses paid for the benefit of the personnel; these represent, in particular:
Expenses for medical and hospital assistance, social security and all other social expenses particular to the Contractor ;
Expenses for transportation of employees, their families and their personal effects, when the assumption of such expenses is
provided for in the employment contract;
Expenses for lodging of personnel, including therein provision of services related thereto, when the assumption of such expenses
by the employer is provided for in the employment contract (water, gas, electricity, telephone) ;
Compensation paid upon the time of moving in and of departure of the salaried personnel;
Expenses paid to administrative personnel rendering the following services: management and recruitment of local personnel,
management of expatriate personnel, personnel training, maintenance and operation of offices and lodging, when such expenses
are not included in overhead or under other expense categories;
Expenses for office rental or their expense for occupancy, the expense of collective administrative services (secretarial services,
furniture, office supplies, telephone, etc.).
Terms for booking charges
Personnel costs correspond:
Either to direct expenses charged to the corresponding Petroleum Costs account,
Or to indirect or common expenses charged to the Petroleum Costs account based upon data fromanalytical accounting and determined pro rata
to the time dedicated to the Petroleum Operations.
Expenses paid by reason of the provision of services supplied by Third Parties, the entities comprising the Contractor and the Affiliated Companies
shall include in particular:
22.214.171.124 Services rendered by Third Parties and by the Parties are booked at the Contractor’s actual book costs, which means the price invoiced by the
vendors, including all taxes, fees, and ancillary costs, if applicable; the actual costs shall be reduced by any rebates, discounts, kickbacks, or
promotions the Contractor may have secured either directly or indirectly.
126.96.36.199 The technical assistance rendered to the Contractor by its Affiliated Companies: consisting of services and actions for the benefit of the Petroleum
Operations and emanate from the departments and services of these Affiliated Companies who are engaged in the following activities:
Drilling and production,
Deposits and reservoir studies,
Purchases and transport in transit (except for charges comprised of those referred to in 2.2.3 here above),
Some administrative and legal services related to studies or to well-defined or occasional projects and which are not part of ordinary and regular
business, nor of the legal proceedings referred to in 2.3.8 below.
Technical assistance is generally the subject of service contracts entered into between the Contractor and its Affiliated Companies.
The costs of technical assistance rendered by the Affiliated Companies are booked at actual cost for the Affiliated Company which renders the
service. This actual cost includes, in particular, personnel expenses, the cost of raw materials, materials and consumables utilized, the cost of
maintenance and repair, the cost of insurance, taxes, a portion of the amortization of general investments calculated on the original acquisition
cost or of the construction of related tangible items and of any other expenses which are related to these services and have not been otherwise
However, the price excludes any surcharges arising from, in particular, fixed assets or a non-regular or cyclical use of materials, facilities and
equipment at an Affiliated Company.
In all cases, expenses related to these services must not exceed those which are normally incurred for similar services by technical service
companies and independent laboratories. They must not result in cascading charges from profit margins.
Moreover, all of these services, including analytical studies, must be supported by reports to be submitted at the request of the Ministry. They
must be the subject of written orders issued by the Contractor, and also of itemized invoices.
188.8.131.52 Whenever the Contractor utilizes in Petroleum Operations, materiel, equipment or facilities which are the sole property of an entity which makes up
the Contractor, the Contractor must charge the Petroleum Costs pro rata the usage time, and the corresponding entry must be determined in
accordance with the customary methods and the principles defined in 184.108.40.206 above. This entry includes, in particular:
A portion of the annual depreciation calculated on the original “landed Mauritanian price” defined in 2.2.3 here above;
A portion of the start-up cost, of insurance coverage, of ordinary maintenance, of financing, and of periodic checkups.
Warehousing costs and handling costs (expenses incurred for personnel and for management of the services) are charged to Petroleum Costs pro
rata the value of the items taken out of inventory.
Transportation expense: expenses of transport of personnel, of materiel or of equipment intended and dedicated to Petroleum Operations shall be
booked as Petroleum Costs if they are not already included in the preceding paragraphs and if they have not been accounted in actual costs.
Damages and waste which impact jointly-owned properties
All expenses necessary to repair and restore to working condition equipment which has suffered damages or losses arising from fires, floods, storms,
theft, accidents or any other cause, shall be booked in accordance with the principles defined in this Appendix.
Amounts recovered from insurance companies for these damages and losses shall be booked as a credit to Petroleum Costs.
Maintenance expenses (routine maintenance and exceptional maintenance) of the materiel, equipment and facilities dedicated to Petroleum Operations
shall be booked to Petroleum Costs at actual cost.
Insurance premiums and expenses related to the settlement of casualty losses shall be charged to Petroleum Costs:
Premiums and expenses related to mandatory insurance and to those arising under policies to cover the Hydrocarbons produced, the persons
and the properties dedicated to Petroleum Operations or the third-party liability insurance of the Contractor within the purview of the said
Expenses incurred by the Contractor as the result of a casualty which arose from Petroleum Operations, and those incurred in the settlement of
all losses, claims, damages and other related costs which are not covered by the insurance policies;
Expenses disbursed in settlement of losses, claims, damages or legal proceedings which are not compensated by insurance and which do not
relate to risk which the Contractor was required to insure against. The amounts recovered from insurance policies and guarantees are
accounted for as provided for in Article 2.6.2 g) here below;
Petroleum Costs can be charged with expenses related to adversary legal proceedings, investigation, and settlement of disputes and claims (requests
for reimbursement or compensation), which arise from Petroleum Operations or which become necessary in order to protect or recover properties,
including, in particular, the fees of lawyers and experts, legal costs, investigation costs, cost of gathering evidence, as well as amounts disbursed in
settlement of the disputes or the final settlement of any proceedings or claim.
Whenever these services are rendered by personnel of the Contractor, a compensatory payment shall be included in the Petroleum Costs which
corresponds to time expended and costs actually incurred. The price charged in such manner shall not exceed that which would have been paid to
Third Parties for identical or analogous services.
Interest, fees, and financial charges
The following are chargeable to Petroleum Costs : interest penalties for late payment incurred by the Contractor and related to borrowings from Third
Parties as well as advances and loans
from Affiliated Companies, to the extent that these borrowings and advances are used to finance the Petroleum Costs and related exclusively to
petroleum development operations of a commercial deposit (excluded here are Petroleum Operations related to exploration and appraisal), and provided
they do not exceed seventy percent (70%) of the total amount of these petroleum development costs. These borrowings and advances must be
submitted for the approval of the Ministry.
In the case where such financing is secured by Affiliated Companies, the acceptable interest rates must not exceed the rate normally charged on the
international financial markets for similar loans.
Foreign-exchange losses related to borrowings and debts incurred by the Contractor under this Contract are chargeable to Petroleum Costs.
Disbursements related to expenses, verifications and audits of the Ministry, pursuant to the provisions of the Contract, are chargeable to Petroleum
Payments related to other expenses, including payments to Third Parties for the transport of Hydrocarbons to the Delivery Point shall be included in
the Petroleum Costs. Involved here are all payments made or losses incurred related to or caused by the proper execution of the Petroleum Operations,
provided the charge to Petroleum Costs is not disallowed under provisions of this Contract or of this Appendix, and provided they are not similar to
expenses which the Ministry has disallowed and provided these expenses have received the approval of the Ministry. Moreover, except for contrary
provisions in the law, the Contractor is at liberty, if it wishes, to make contributions of an economic, social, cultural or sport-related nature, with the
mandatory exclusion of financing political activities. These contributions shall be debited to the Petroleum Costs account.
These expenses pertain to those Petroleum Costs which have not been otherwise accounted for. They pertain to:
Expenses incurred outside of Mauritania
The Contractor shall add a reasonable sum on account of foreign overhead necessary to carry out the Petroleum Operations and borne by the
Contractor and its Affiliated Companies, in such amount as they reflect the cost of the services rendered to the Petroleum Operations.
The amounts must be supported by accounting entries and copies of reports related to the services and works carried out; if an arbitrary sharing is
utilized, there must be proof by means of supportive explanations and presentation of the rules utilized to arrive at such.
The amounts charged are considered provisional amounts arrived at on the basis of the Contractor’s experience, and they shall be adjusted annually
in relation to the Contractor’s real costs, but they must not exceed the following caps:
Before grant of the first Exploitation Authorization : three percent (3%) of the Petroleum Costs excluding overhead;
On the grant of the first Exploitation Authorization : one and one-half percent (1.5%) of Petroleum Costs not including financial costs and
These percentages are applied to expenses, not including overhead, which are chargeable to Petroleum Costs for the Calendar Year under
Expenses disbursed inside of Mauritania
These expenses cover payment related to the following activities and services:
General management and general secretarial services;
Information and communication ;
General administration (law department, insurance, taxes, computer services) ;
Accounting and budget ;
They must include services which have actually been required to advance the Petroleum Operations and which correspond to actual services rendered
in Mauritania by the Contractor or the Affiliated Companies. They must not result in cascading of of costs margins.
The amount must be actual amounts, whenever direct expenses are involved, and they must be amounts arrived at by sharing whenever indirect
expenses are involved. In the latter case, the rules for sharing must be clearly defined and the amounts must be supported by analytical accounting.
Expenses not chargeable to Petroleum Costs
Payments paid in settlement of expenses, charges or costs not directly chargeable to Petroleum Operations, and those for which the deduction or
charging for is disallowed by the provisions of the Contract or of this Appendix, or those which are not necessary for the conduct of Petroleum
Operations, shall not be taken into account and shall not give rise to recovery.
Involved here are these types of payments:
Costs of a capital increase;
Expenses related to activities downstream of the Delivery Point, particularly marketing costs;
The expenses which relate to the period prior to the Effective Date;
Auditing expenses disbursed by the Contractor further to special relationships between the entities which make up the Contractor;
Expenses borne for meetings, studies and work carried out in furtherance of the association which ties together the entities which make up the
Contractor and the purpose of which is not the proper conduct of the Petroleum Operations;
Interest, late payment fees, and financial charges other than those the chargeability of which is authorized pursuant to Article 2.3.9 of this
Foreign-exchange losses incurred other than those which are chargeable under the provisions of this Contract.
Foreign-exchange losses which constitute a loss of earnings tied to risks related to the Contractor’s own capital and self-financing by it.
Items to be booked as a credit to Petroleum Costs
The following must be credited to the Petroleum Costs account, in particular:
The proceeds from the quantities of Hydrocarbons which the Contractor takes in furtherance of the provisions of Article 10.2 of the Contract,
multiplied by the related Market Price as defined in Article 14 of the Contract.
All other receipts, revenues, proceeds, connected profits, whether ancillary or accessory, directly or indirectly tied to Petroleum Operations,
including in particular those derived from:
(A) The sale of associated substances;
(B) The transport and storage of products owned by Third Parties in the facilities dedicated to the Petroleum Operations;
(C) Reimbursements originating from insurance companies;
(D) Settlements arising out transactions or liquidations;
(E) Transfers or rentals already declared under Petroleum Costs
(F) Discounts, rebates, allowances and promotions received which have not been charged as a deduction from the actual costs of the properties to
which they relate.
(G) Any other income or receipts similar to those listed above that are usually deducted from Petroleum Costs.
Materiel, equipment and facilities sold by the Contractor
The materials, equipment, facilities, and consumables which are not used or are not usable shall be withdrawn from Petroleum Operations ; they
must be either downgraded or considered as « junk and waste », or bought back by the Contractor for his own needs, or sold to Third Parties or to
In the event of adisposal to the entities which make up the Contractor or to their Affiliated Companies, the prices shall be arrived at pursuant to the
provisions of 2-2-3.b of this Appendix, or, should they exceed those which would be applicable under the provisions of that article, their price must
be agreed by the Parties. Whenever the use of an item of property related to Petroleum Operations has been temporary and it does not fall under the
price reduction referred to in the above article, the said item shall be valued so that the Petroleum Costs are debited of a net amount which is
equivalent to the value of the service rendered.
The sales to Third Parties of materials, equipment, facilities and consumables shall be effected by Contractor at the best possible price. All
reimbursements or compensation granted to a buyer for a defective piece of equipment shall be debited to the Petroleum Costs account to the extent
and at the time such are actually paid by the Contractor.
Whenever an asset is used for the benefit of a Third Party or the Contractor for activities which are not within the scope of this Contract, the
amounts due in exchange therefor must be calculated at a rate which is not less than actual costs, unless the Ministry agrees otherwise.
ARTICLE 3: DETERMINATION OF THE RATIO « R »
For the purpose of arriving at the value of the “R” ratio in application of Article 10.3 of the Contract, the Petroleum Costs which impact the
calculation of Net Cumulative Revenues and of Cumulative Investments shall be categorized and recorded separately according to the following
Exploration Petroleum Costs
They are the Petroleum Costs incurred in the exploration Petroleum Operations inside an Exploration Perimeter, included in an Annual Work Program
approved pursuant to the provisions of the Contract, and they shall include, without limitation:
Geochemical, geophysical, paleontological, geological, topographical studies and the seismic campaigning as well as studies and interpretations
Coring, exploration wells, appraisal wells and wells drilled to supply water.
Labor costs, materiel, supplies and services used to service exploration wells or appraisal wells of a discovery and which are not completed as
Equipment utilized exclusively to enhance and justify the objectives listed in Articles 3.2.1, 3.2.2 and 3.2.3 here above, including access roads and
acquired geological and geophysical information.
That portion of the Petroleum Costs incurred in construction of facilities and equipment, the overhead chargeable to exploration Petroleum Costs as
such is derived from a fair allocation of the Petroleum Costs taken as a whole (including overhead) between exploration Petroleum Costs and the
Petroleum Costs taken as a whole, with exception of overhead.
All the other Petroleum Costs incurred for the purpose of exploration between the Effective Date and the startup of the commercial production of
Hydrocarbons that are not included in Article 3.3 here below.
Petroleum Costs of Development
They are the Petroleum Costs incurred in development Petroleum Operations related to an Exploitation Authorization, and they include, without
Development and production wells, including water-injection wells and gas-injection wells drilled for the purpose of enhancing recovery of
Hydrocarbons as well as those intended to sequester and conserve natural gas.
The wells which have been completed by setting casing or equipment after a well has been drilled with intent to complete it as a producer well or a
water-injection well or a gas-injection well drilled for the purpose of increasing the recovery rate of Hydrocarbons as well as those wells the purpose of
which is sequestration and conservation of natural gas.
The costs of equipment related to production, transport and storage to the Delivery Point, such as pipelines, flow-lines, processing and production
units, equipment on the well-head, underwater equipment, systems to increase recovery of Hydrocarbons, offshore platforms, production floating
unit and/or production and storage floating units (FPO and FPSO), storage facilities, export terminals, port installations and auxiliary equipment, as
well as access roads in relation to production activities.
Engineering studies and design studies related to the equipment referred to in Article 3.3.3.
The cost of construction, the overhead chargeable to Development Costs, as these are calculated according to the ratio of Development Costs over total
Petroleum Costs, excluding overhead.
Financial charges pertaining to the financing of Development Costs are excluded.
Exploitation Petroleum Costs
These are the Petroleum Costs incurred in an Exploitation Perimeter consequent to the startup of commercial Hydrocarbons production and which are
neither exploration costs nor development costs nor overhead.
Exploitation costs include more particularly the reserves built up for the purpose of meeting losses or charges, including the reserve to fund the
Rehabilitation Plan, which reserve has been paid in full to the sequestered account opened for the purpose of financing rehabilitation of the site works
in accordance with Article 23.2 of the Contract.
The portion of overhead which has not been allocated to either exploration or development costs shall be included in exploitation costs.
It is understood that depreciation of assets as calculated for the determination of taxable profits pursuant to the provisions of Article 4 here below are
not Petroleum Costs and consequently, they do not enter into the determination of the Ratio “R”.
ARTICLE 4: CHARGES WHICH ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR DETERMINATION OF THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL INCOME
In accordance with Article 70 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code, the charges which are deductible for the determination of the Industrial and
Commercial Income Tax are made up of the following items, within the limits prescribed by this Accounting Procedure, and excluding those charges
which are non-deductible as specified in Title 6 of the Crude Hydrocarbons Code and of costs non-chargeable to Petroleum as specified in Article 2.5
here above of this Appendix:
The exploitation Petroleum Costs, as defined in the provisions of this Accounting Procedure ;
The overhead in accordance with the provisions of Article 2-4 here above of this Appendix;
Depreciation of assets which make up the development Petroleum Costs in according with the provisions of Article 4.2 below;
Interest, interest for late payments, and financial charges, in accordance with the Article 2.3.9 here above ;
Loss or wastage of materials and property arising out of destruction or casualty, uncollectible debts, and compensation paid to Third Parties on
account of legal liability (unless these damages were caused by the Gross Negligence of the Contractor) ;
Reserves which are reasonable and justified created for the purpose of meeting losses or clearly defined charges which the prevailing
circumstances make probable;
The non-recovered portion of deficits related to previous years within a limit of five (5) years following the fiscal year that shows a deficit.
Depreciation of fixed assets
Fixed assets of the Contractor that are required for Petroleum Operations are depreciated according to a straight-line dereciation method.
The minimum span of the depreciation period shall be:
ten (10) Calendar Years for assets related to the transport of Hydrocarbons production by pipeline;
five (5) Calendar Years for the other fixed assets.
The period of depreciation shall begin with the Calendar Year during which the said fixed assets have been acquired, or from the Calendar Year
during which the fixed assets were placed into normal service if such latter year is after, pro rata temporis, the first Calendar Year in question.
Exploration Petroleum Costs
The petroleum Exploration Costs incurred by the Contractor for the Exploration Perimeter, including particularly the expenses of geological and
geophysical exploration studies and the expenses of exploration drilling and appraisal of a discovery (excluding productive wells, which shall be
considered assets which fall under the provisions of Article 4.2 here above of this Appendix), are considered charges deductible in full from the year
they are entered on the books or they may be depreciated at the rate chosen by the Contractor.
ARTICLE 5: INVENTORIES
The Contractor shall keep a permanent inventory in both quantity and value of all property used in Petroleum Operations and he shall, with
reasonable frequency, and not less than once a year, proceed to take a physical inventory as required by the Parties.
Written notification of the intention to take a physical inventory must be sent by the Contractor not less than ninety days (90) days prior to the
commencement of the taking of such inventory, so that the Ministry and the entities which make up the Contractor may if they wish be represented at
their own expense during the taking of said inventory.
Should the Ministry or an entity which makes up the Contractor not be represented when an inventory is taken, such Party will remain bound by the
result of the inventory taken by the Contractor, who must furnish to said Party a copy of the said inventory.
ARTICLE 6: STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND WORK, STATUS REPORTS
Other than the statements and supply of information provided for elsewhere, the Contractor must submit to the Ministry under terms, conditions and
timelines indicated below, the details of its operations and works carried out as they have been booked in its accounts, documents, reports and
statements which it must keep in relation to the Petroleum Operations.
Statement of variations in fixed assets accounting and in inventory of materiel and consumables.
This statement must be received by the Ministry not later than the fifteenth day (15 th) day of the first month of each calendar Quarter. In particular,
it shall state, for the preceding quarter what was acquired and created by way of fixed assets, of materiel and of consumables required for Petroleum
Operations, for each deposit, and by major categories, as well as disposal of these items (assignments, wastage and losses, destruction, discarding
Statement of the quantities of Crude Petroleum and of Natural Gas which have been transported during each month
Such statement must reach the Ministry not later than the fifteenth (15 th) day of each month. For each deposit, it shall indicate the quantities of
Crude Petroleum and of Natural Gas which have been transported in the course of the preceding month, between the field and the point of export or
delivery, as well as the identification of the pipeline utilized and the cost of transport paid,
whenever transport was carried out by Third Parties. The statement must also show how the products transported in such manner are shared
between the Parties.
Statement of the recovery of Petroleum Costs
This statement must reach the Ministry not later than the fifteenth (15 th) day of each month. It shall show, for the preceding month, the breakdown
of the Petroleum Costs account and must reflect, in particular, the following:
The Petroleum Costs which remain to be recovered as of the end of the preceding month;
The Petroleum Costs related to activities during the month in question;
The Petroleum Costs recovered in the course of the month indicating in particular quantities and value of production involved for this purpose;
The amounts which are booked to reduce or diminish Petroleum Costs in the course of the month in question;
The unrecovered Petroleum Costs as of the end of that month.
Statement of the determination of the ratio « R »
This statement must reach the Ministry not later than the fifteenth (15 th) day of the first month of each Quarter. It shall highlight each of the factors
which enter into the determination of the “R” ratio as defined in Article 3 of this Accounting Procedure, as well as the resulting value of the ratio,
which ratio is applicable during the subject Quarter.
Inventories of Crude Petroleum and of Natural Gas
This statement must reach the Ministry not later than the fifteenth (15 th) day of each month. It shall specify for the preceding month and for each
Inventory at the commencement of the month;
Addition to inventory in the course of the month;
Withdrawals from inventories during the course of the month;
Theoretical level of the inventory at the end of the month;
Inventory at the end of the month taken by measurement;
An explanation for discrepancies, if any.
The Contractor shall supply the Ministry with a copy of all returns which the entities which make up the Contractor are required to file with the Tax
Administrations responsible for determining tax basis; and in particular, those which pertain to the BIC tax on together with all annexes, documents,
and supporting information attached thereto.
Statement of payments of taxes and fees
Not later than the fifteenth (15 th) day of the first month of each Quarter, the Contractor shall prepare and submit to the Ministry a statement showing
taxes, fees, and dues of any kind paid by it in the course of the preceding calendar Quarter; it shall detail precisely the nature of the tax, fee and dues
involved (surface rentals, customs duties, etc.), the kind of payment involved (on account, balances, corrections, etc.), the date and the amount of
each payment, the designation of the tax collector responsible for the collection, and other further useful information.
The statements, lists, and information referred to in Articles 6.2 to 6.8 shall be produced and submitted in accordance with printed forms issued by
the Ministry, after consultation with the Contractor.
The Ministry may, as needed, request that the Contractor furnish it with all other statements, reports and information that the Ministry deems useful.
APPENDIX 3: MODEL BANK GUARANTEE
Attached and being an integral part of the Contract between the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Contractor (On letterhead of the Bank)
To the Honorable Minister in Charge of Crude Hydrocarbons,
In letters :
We have been informed that, upon the date of
, the Mauritanian State entered into an exploration-production contract with the Contractor constituted by the
Kosmos Energy Mauritania
Kosmos Energy Mauritania
is the Principal and has been so designated here below.
Pursuant to Article 4.6 of this Contract, a bank guarantee of proper discharge of the minimum work obligations, for work committed to for each phase of the
Exploration Period of the contract, must be remitted to the State.
That said, we (name of bank
) referred to hereafter as «the Bank», upon instructions from the Principal, commit ourselves
through this Guarantee, in an irrevocable fashion, to pay to the Mauritanian State, independently of the validity and legal merits under the Contract in
question and without raising any exception, nor objection arising from the said Contract, upon your first demand, any amount up to the maximum amount
cited above in this letter of of guarantee, upon receipt by ourselves of a demand for payment duly signed and a written confirmation on your part certifying
that the Contractor has not fulfilled the minimum work obligations above-mentioned and specifying the nature as well of the estimated cost of the work not
For reasons of identification, your written demand for payment will only be considered valid if it reaches us through the intermediary of our corresponding
bank located in Mauritania (name
), accompanied by a declaration of the latter certifying that it proceeded with the verification of your
Your call is also acceptable to the extent that it is fully transmitted to us by the bank in question by means of a telex/SWIFT confirming that it has sent us the
original by registered mail or by another courier service and that the signature appearing there was verified by the latter.
The amount of the Guarantee shall be reduced by the amount of the expenditures made by
, upon receipt by the Bank of a copy of a work
completion statement signed by the Mauritanian State and attesting to said expenditures and to the resulting new Guarantee amount, in accordance with the
model in Annex A.
Our guarantee is valid up until the
(provide for 6 months after the end of the phase in question of the Exploration Period) and shall
terminate automatically and entirely if your demand for payment or the telex/SWIFT does not reach us at the address here above by such date at the latest,
whether it is a business day or not.
All the bank fees in connection with this guarantee are at the expense of the Principal.
This guarantee is subject to the « Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees of the ICC » of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Publication in force
Signature of the authorized representative and seal of the Bank
Model notification of expenditure and reduction of guarantee to be used
Notification of expenditure and reduction of guarantee
To the Minister in Charge of Crude Hydrocarbons
Purpose: Notification of expenditure and reduction of guarantee amount ref. XXXX
We refer to the Exploration and Production Contract signed on
under reference no.
the amounts expended were USD
, as well as the bank guarantee of proper discharge in the initial amount of USD
. Accordingly the amount of said guarantee is reduced to
Polite closure statement
Signature of Contracting Entity
Confirmation of Principal (KOSMOS ENERGY)
“Stamp of the Minister in charge of Hydrocarbons , authorized signature
Preceded by the statement “Agreed for the reduction of the guarantee in question in the amount of XXXX”
NAME + FUNCTION + STAMP of the Minister”
(numbers plus letters).