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Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Former PNG Prime Minister, Joins to Chair InterOil’s PNG Advisory Board

August 1, 2011

SINGAPORE and HOUSTON, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – InterOil Corporation (NYSE: IOC) (POMSoX: IOC), welcomes Rt. Hon Sir Rabbie Namaliu, former Prime Minister and former Petroleum and Energy Minister of Papua New Guinea, to chair InterOil’s PNG Advisory Board.

Sir Rabbie served as Prime Minister of PNG between 1988 and 1992. He was Speaker of the National Parliament between 1994 and 1997. Sir Rabbie served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1982 to 1984 and he has held several other senior ministries including Primary Industry and Petroleum and Energy since his first election to parliament in 1982. Most recently, Sir Rabbie served as Foreign Affairs & Immigration Minister from 2002 to 2006 and Minister for the Treasury from 2006 to 2007. Sir Rabbie left parliament in 2007.

Sir Rabbie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UPNG and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the same University.

The PNG Advisory Board is a management group being formed to assist InterOil in discussions with government departments in developing the Gulf LNG Project.

Sir Rabbie stated, “I am pleased to chair InterOil’s PNG Advisory Board, and look forward to working to bring the Gulf LNG Project to fruition. The Gulf LNG Project may be the most significant source of revenue to the PNG Government over the next 30 years. It will bring jobs and infrastructure to one of our least developed provinces and generate benefits to all the people of Papua New Guinea for many years.”

Mr. Phil Mulacek, InterOil Chief Executive Officer stated, “Sir Rabbie has been an inspiration and a dedicated servant to the country of Papua New Guinea for his entire career. We welcome him to our team and appreciate his support for our Gulf LNG Project.

About InterOil

InterOil Corporation is developing a vertically integrated energy business whose primary focus is Papua New Guinea and the surrounding region. InterOil’s assets consist of petroleum licenses covering about 3.9 million acres, an oil refinery, and retail and commercial distribution facilities, all located in Papua New Guinea. In addition, InterOil is a shareholder in a joint venture established to construct an LNG plant in Papua New Guinea.

InterOil’s common shares trade on the NYSE in US dollars.

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