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Thursday 11 May, 2006

Soco International

Publication of Prospectus

Soco International PLC
11 May 2006

Not for distribution in or into the United States

May 11, 2006

SOCO International plc - Publication of Prospectus

The following prospectus has been approved by the UK Listing Authority and is
available for viewing:

Prospectus regarding SOCO Finance (Jersey) Limited U.S.$250,000,000 4.50 per
cent. Guaranteed Convertible Bonds due 2013 unconditionally and irrevocably
guaranteed by SOCO International plc.

This document will shortly be available for inspection at the UK Listing
Authority's Document Viewing Facility, which is situated at:

The Financial Services Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London E14 5HS

Copies of the document are also available from Merrill Lynch International,
Merrill Lynch Financial Centre, 2 King Edward Street, London, EC1A 1HQ

To view the full document, please paste the following URL into the address bar 
of your browser

For further information please contact:

 SOCO International plc                                   Tel: +44 20 7747 2000
 Roger Cagle, Deputy CEO and CFO

 Merrill Lynch International                              Tel: +44 20 7996 1000 
 Michael Hammond
 Andrew Osborne
 Russell Alton

 Pelham PR                                                Tel: +44 20 7743 6676
 James Henderson
 Alisdair Haythornthwaite

This press release is for information only and does not constitute an offer to
sell, purchase, exchange or transfer any securities or a solicitation of any
such offer in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The securities
referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S.
Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the 'Securities Act'), and may not be
offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from
registration under the Securities Act. Neither SOCO nor any other participant in
the transactions described herein intends to register any securities under the
Securities Act or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other
jurisdiction in the United States in connection with the proposed transactions
described in this announcement. This communication is directed only at persons
who (i) are outside the United Kingdom (other than in Jersey) or (ii) have
professional experience in matters relating to investments or (iii) are persons
falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) ('high net worth companies,
unincorporated associations etc') of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
(Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (all such persons together being referred to as
'relevant persons'). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by
persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to
which this communication relates is available only to relevant persons and will
be engaged in only with relevant persons.  Securities to be issued pursuant to
any offer may not be offered to, sold to or purchased or held by, or for the
account of, persons resident for income tax purposes in Jersey (other than
financial institutions in the normal course of business).

In member states of the European Economic Area ('EEA'), this announcement and
any offer if made subsequently is directed only at persons who are 'qualified
investors' within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Directive 2003/71/EC
(the 'Prospectus Directive') ('Qualified Investors'). Any person in the EEA who
acquires the securities in any offer (an 'investor') or to whom any offer of the
securities is made will be deemed to have represented and agreed that it is a
Qualified Investor. Any investor will also be deemed to have represented and
agreed that any securities acquired by it in the offer have not been acquired on
behalf of persons in the EEA other than Qualified Investors or persons in the UK
and other member states (where equivalent legislation exists) for whom the
investor has authority to make decisions on a wholly discretionary basis, nor
have the securities been acquired with a view to their offer or resale in the
EEA to persons where this would resulting a requirement for publication by SOCO
or Merrill Lynch International of a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the
Prospectus Directive. SOCO and Merrill Lynch International and any of their
respective affiliates, and others will rely upon the truth and accuracy of the
foregoing representations and agreements.

Merrill Lynch International is acting solely for SOCO and no-one else and will
not be responsible for providing the protections afforded to customers of
Merrill Lynch International, respectively nor for providing advice in relation
to the transaction. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or
will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or
will be accepted by Merrill Lynch International or by any of their affiliates or
agents as to or in relation to the accuracy or completeness of this release, or
any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to
any interested party or its advisers and any liability therefore is hereby
expressly disclaimed. The distribution of this announcement and the offering or
sale of the securities in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No
action has been taken by SOCO, Merrill Lynch International or any of their
respective affiliates that would permit an offering of the securities or
possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or
publicity material relating to such securities in any jurisdiction where action
for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement
comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such
restrictions. Merrill Lynch International is authorised and regulated by the UK
Financial Services Authority.


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