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EXHIBIT 10.4

EXPLORATION PERMIT 408, DATED JULY 2, 1997

STATE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY

Petroleum Act, 1967

EXPLORATION PERMIT FOR PETROLEUM NO. EP408

I, NORMAN MOORE, Minister for Mines, in the State of Western Australia in response to the acceptance of offer numbered

15/19-5 grant to

GEOPETRO COMPANY

of Suite 700, 1 Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, California, USA 94111;

SEVEN SEAS PETROLEUM AUSTRALIA INC.

of Suite 305, Reunion Centre Building, Nine East Fourth, Tulsa, Oaklahoma, USA 74103;

AMITY OIL NL

of Level 2. 18 Richardson Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

an exploration permit for petroleum—

(a)

in respect of each of the blocks described in Schedule 1 that at the date of this permit is constituted by a graticular section,

or by part of a graticular section, described hereunder and where, at any time during the term of this permit, a graticular section or

a part of a graticular section, so described constitutes a block—in respect of each block so constituted; and

(b)



subject to the conditions set out in Schedule 2.



This permit has effect for a period of six (6) years from and including the date hereof

Dated at Perth this 2nd day of July 1997.

Made under the Petroleum Act, 1967 of the State of Western Australia.

MINISTER FOR MINES

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INTERPRETATION

In this permit “the Act” means the Act under which this permit is granted and includes any Act with which that Act is

incorporated and words used in this permit have the same respective meanings as in the Act.

SCHEDULE 1

DESCRIPTIONS

A.



BLOCKS



(The references hereunder are to the names of map sheets of the 1:1 000 000 series published by the

Minister for Mines and to the numbers of graticular sections shown thereon)

ALBANY MAP SHEET



Block No.



6314

6384



Block No.



Block No.



6315

6385



Block No.



6316

6386



6383

6387



6388

6458

6528

6532

6602



6455

6459

6529

6599

6603



6456

6460

6530

6600



6457

6527

6531

6601



Assessed to contain 26 blocks

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SCHEDULE 2

SUMMARY OF CONDITIONS

1.



(1)



Subject to sub-clause 2, during a year of the term of the permit set out in the first column of the following table, the

permittee:

(a)



shall carry out in or in relation to the permit area, to a standard acceptable to the Minister for Mines, the

work specified in the minimum work requirements set out opposite that year in the second column of the

table;



(b)



may carry out in or in relation to the permit area, to a standard acceptable to the Minister for Mines, all or

part of the work specified in the minimum work requirements of a subsequent year or years of that term set

out opposite that year or those years in the second column of the table; and



(c)



may carry out in or in relation to the permit area, to a standard acceptable to the Minister for Mines, work in

addition to the work specified in the minimum work requirements set out opposite that year and in the

subsequent year or years, if any, of that term in the second column of the table.



(2)



The permittee shall not commence any works or petroleum exploration operations in the permit area except with, and

in accordance with the approval in writing of the Minister for Mines or of a person authorised by the Minister for

Mines to give that approval.



(3)



For the purposes of this clause, any work carried out in accordance with paragraph (l)(b) shall, if the Minister for

Mines in his discretion by instrument in writing so approves, be treated as if it had been carried out in the subsequent

year or years of the term of the permit specified by the Minister for Mines in that instrument.

STATE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

PETROLEUM ACT, 1967

SECTION 97

VARIATION No. 8/98-9



I, WILLIAM LEE TINAPPLE, Director Petroleum Operations Division in the Department of Minerals and Energy for the State of

Western Australia, being the officer for the time being, holding certain powers and functions of the Minister by virtue of an

instrument of delegation dated 4 June 1998 and published in the Government Gazette of Western Australia on 16 June 1998

HEREBY VARY pursuant to the provision of Section 97 of the Petroleum Act, 1967, Condition I of the Exploration Permit EP 408

as follows:

Year of Term

Of Permit



First

Second

Third



Minimum Work

Requirements



One (1 Well)

Data Review

80km Seismic Survey



Dated this 12th day of November 1998.

MADE UNDER THE PETROLEUM ACT, 1967.



Estimated Expenditure

in Constant Dollars

(indicative only)

$



1,800,000

50,000

400,000



DIRECTOR PETROLEUM OPERATIONS DIVISION

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Year of Term

of Permit



First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth



Minimum Work

Requirements



Estimated Expenditure

in Constant Dollars

(indicative only)

$



Data Review

80km Seismic Survey

One (1 Well)

Data Review

One (1 Well)

Data Review



50,000

400,000

1,800,000

50,000

1.800,000

50,000



(See Variation 8/98-9 above)

2.



The permittee shall not recover any petroleum from the permit area except as a result of production testing of a well.



3.



The permittee shall—



(a)

pay to the Minister for Mines, in respect of petroleum recovered by the permittee in the permit area, royalty at the rate that

is for the time being the prescribed rate in respect of that petroleum;

(b)

in respect of each royalty period, furnish to the Minister for Mines, in such form as the Minister for Mines may from time

to time require, full particulars of the quantity of petroleum recovered by the permittee and full particulars of matters relevant to

ascertaining the value at the well-head of that petroleum; and

(c)

permit a person authorised in writing for the purpose, by the Minister for Mines, or an inspector, to test or examine any

measuring device installed that has been, is being or is to be used by the permittee to measure the quantity of any petroleum

recovered in the permit area.

4.

The permittee shall not construct any installation or install any equipment in the permit area except with and in

accordance with the approval in writing of the Minister for Mines or a person authorised in writing by the Minister for Mines to

give that approval.

5.

The permittee shall not abandon, suspend or complete any well except with and in accordance with the approval of the

Minister for Mines or of a person authorised by the Minister for Mines to give that approval.

6.



The permittee shall at all times comply with



(a)



the provisions of the Act and of any regulations for the time being in force under the Act; and



(b)



all directions given to him under the Act or the regulations for the time being in force under the Act.



7.

In carrying out its operations in the permit area the permittee shall take adequate measures for the protection of the

environment and shall comply with all Directions of the Minister for Mines in relation thereto.

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ENDORSEMENTS

1.

In addition to any specific conditions that are endorsed on this instrument, the holder in exercising the rights granted

herein must first ensure that all necessary consents and permissions have been obtained and applicable compensation has been

agreed to or determined and that consultation has occurred where the lawful rights of other land users and occupiers are not

interfered with to a greater extent than is necessary for the reasonable exercise of the rights and performance of the duties of the



holder of this exploration permit.

2.



The permittee’s attention is drawn to the provisions of the Aboriginal Heritage Act, 1972.

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