TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2013) - Dundee Energy Limited (TSX:DEN) ("Dundee Energy" or the "Corporation") announces that the Spanish authorities approved a Ministerial Order affecting the remuneration of underground natural gas storage projects. The key changes to the regulatory framework, as they apply to the Corporation's effective 24.6% interest in Escal UGS SL ("Escal"), the owner of the Castor Underground Gas Storage Project (the "Castor Project"), are outlined below.
- The approval confirms a 20-year amortization period for the return of capital.
- The amendments deem July 5, 2012, the date of receipt by Escal of the Provisional Commissioning Act, as the end date for capital investments, other than for cushion gas.
- The amendments provide for an annual inflation adjustment of 2.5%.
- Escal will receive a return on its capital investment at a rate of 8.76% per annum on any unpaid balances, being the average rate of Spanish 10-year bonds plus 3.5%, calculated based on the 24-month period ended immediately before July 5, 2012.
- After the 20th amortization year, and throughout any remaining useful life of the Castor Project, Escal is entitled to receive a per annum amount equal to 50% of the payment received in the last amortization year.
- The amendments provide that the purchase and injection of cushion gas may be segregated from the construction of the project, allowing for a third party purchase. If purchased by a third party, the third party will be entitled to a corresponding interest in the remuneration base of the Castor Project. Escal has already initiated discussions with a third party for the acquisition of the cushion gas.
- The period during which Escal has the right to relinquish the Castor Project to the Spanish authorities for any unamortized value has been extended from five years to 25 years.
Final inclusion of the Castor Project into the Spanish gas system remains contingent on the injection of cushion gas, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013, the subsequent completion of the necessary performance and control testing, and the conclusion of the audit by the Spanish authorities of the expenditures forming the remuneration basis.
ABOUT THE CORPORATION
Dundee Energy Limited (formerly "Eurogas Corporation") is a Canadian-based oil and natural gas company with a mandate to create long-term value for its shareholders through the exploration, development, production and marketing of oil and natural gas, and through other high impact energy projects. Dundee Energy holds interests, both directly and indirectly, in the largest accumulation of producing oil and gas assets in Ontario, in the development of an offshore underground natural gas storage facility in Spain and, through a preferred share investment, in certain exploration and evaluation programs for oil and natural gas offshore Tunisia. The Corporation's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DEN".
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