Morocco Operations UpdateJune 20th, 2014

London, 20th June, 2014: Gulfsands Petroleum plc (“Gulfsands”, the “Group” or the “Company” – AIM: GPX), the oil and gas production, exploration and development company with activities in Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Colombia and the U.S.A. is pleased to provide the following update on activities underway in Morocco.

Rharb Drilling Programme

Drilling operations within the Rharb Centre Permit in Northern Morocco using the COFOR SAS Cabot 750 rig have now recommenced with the drilling of the Lalla Yetou Updip-1 gas exploration well (“LTU-1”).

The LTU-1 well location has been selected based upon interpretation of the Rharb 3D seismic survey data acquired by the Company during 2013. LTU-1 is designed to be drilled to a total vertical depth of approximately 1180 metres, and will evaluate predicted Miocene aged sandstone reservoirs contained within a fault bound structural closure that have been identified from 3D seismic data as having the potential to be gas bearing. LTU-1 is located up dip structurally from a previous well Lalla Yetou-3 that found gas bearing sands.

The Company expects that drilling operations at LTU-1 will be completed within 28 days.

Mahdi Sajjad, the Company’s CEO commented: “We are very pleased that the Company has re-commenced drilling operations in Morocco and we look forward to seeing the results of this next well.”

This release has been approved by Jason Oden, Gulfsands Vice President: Exploration who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics with 28 years of experience in petroleum exploration and management and is registered as a Professional Geophysicist. Mr. Oden has consented to the inclusion of the technical information in this release in the form and context in which it appears.

For further information, please refer to the Company’s website www.gulfsands.com or contact:

Gulfsands Petroleum
+44 (0)20 7024 2130
Mahdi Sajjad, Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth Judge, Commercial Director

Buchanan
+44 (0)20 7466 5000
Bobby Morse
Ben Romney

RBC Capital Markets
+44 (0)20 7653 4000
Matthew Coakes
Daniel Conti
Tim Chapman

FirstEnergy Capital
+44(0)20 7448 0200
Majid Shafiq
Jonathan Wright

Certain statements included herein constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions made by Gulfsands and as such are not a guarantee of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to factors such as general economic and market conditions, increased costs of production or a decline in oil and gas prices. Gulfsands is under no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.