Hyperdynamics CEO says DOJ probe likely won't affect Guinea drilling

Reuters

(Corrects wording in first paragraph to "explore" from"develop" and to "concession" from "field")

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Hyperdynamics Corp Chief Executive Ray Leonard said on Tuesday that a U.S.Department of Justice probe likely won't affect the company'sability to explore a massive oil concession off the coast ofGuinea.

The company said late Monday that the DOJ had requesteddocuments "relating to its business in Guinea."

Hyperdynamics is exploring an 18,750 square kilometer (7,239square mile) area off the African coast with Tullow andKNOC'S Dana.

Leonard declined to specify on Tuesday which documents theU.S. government is requesting. He said Hyperdynamics has yet totalk with Tullow or Dana about the probe.

"We don't know the scope of the investigation or who isinvolved," Leonard said at the Oil and Gas Investment Symposiumin San Francisco, hosted by the Independent PetroleumAssociation of America. (Reporting by Ernest Scheyder and Braden Reddall; Editing byKenneth Barry)

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