Appointment of Director by Ophir

Following today's vote by the Company’s shareholders in favour of the proposed acquisition by the Company of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Salamander Energy plc (“Salamander”) (the “Transaction”), to be effected by means of a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006, the Board of the Company has formally approved the appointment of Dr Carol Bell, currently a Non-Executive director of Salamander, as a Non-Executive Director of the Company subject to and with effect from the effective date of the Transaction. The effective date of the Transaction is currently expected to be 2 March 2015.

In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.13R(1), the Company confirms that Dr Bell has been a director of the following publicly quoted companies in the previous five years:

Company Location Date of Appointment Date of Resignation
Hardy Oil & Gas plc  UK December 2005 May 2012
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA  Norway October 2009 Present
Det Norske oljeselskap ASA  Norway May 2011 April 2013
Salamander Energy plc  UK January 2012 Present
Caracal Energy Inc  Canada December 2012 July 2014
Bonheur ASA  Norway August 2014 Present
Ganger Rolf ASA  Norway August 2014 Present
BlackRock Commodities Income Investment Trust plc UK December 2014 Present

There are no matters required by paragraphs 9.6.13R(2) to (6) of the Listing Rules to be disclosed by Dr Bell.