EnQuest completes acquisition of 20% of Kraken Discovery

31 January 2012       

EnQuest PLC (‘EnQuest’) today announces that it has completed the acquisition of two companies from Canamens Limited, this agreement and the associated details of the transaction were announced on 9 January 2012.

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For further information please contact:

EnQuest PLC                                              Tel: +44 (0)20 7925 4900

Michael Waring (Head of Communications &Investor Relations)                                            

RLM Finsbury                                             Tel: +44 (0)20 7251 3801

James Murgatroyd

Conor McClafferty

Dorothy Burwell

Notes to editors

EnQuest is the largestUKindependent producer in the UK North Sea.  EnQuest PLC trades on both the London Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.  It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and OMX Nordix index.  Its assets include the Thistle, Deveron, Heather, Broom, West Don and Don Southwest producing fields and theAlma, Galia development.  At the end of the first half of 2011, EnQuest had interests in 20 production licences covering 25 blocks or part blocks in the UKCS, of which 18 licences are operated by EnQuest. 

EnQuest believes that the UKCS represents a significant hydrocarbon basin in a low-risk region, which continues to benefit from an extensive installed infrastructure base and skilled labour.  EnQuest believes that its assets offer material organic growth opportunities, driven by exploitation of current infrastructure on the UKCS and the development of low risk near field opportunities.

Forward looking statements: This announcement may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to EnQuest’s expectation and plans, strategy, management’s objectives, future performance, production, costs, revenues and other trend information.  These statements and forecasts involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that may occur in the future.  There are a number of factors which could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements and forecasts.   The statements have been made with reference to forecast price changes, economic conditions and the current regulatory environment.  Nothing in this presentation should be construed as a profit forecast.  Past share performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance.