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Quantum Energy Partners Announces the Formation of Renaissance Offshore to Own and Operate Properties in the Gulf of Mexico

FEBRUARY, 2012

Houston, TX – February 7, 2012 – Quantum Energy Partners (“Quantum”), a leading private equity firm, is pleased to announce the formation of Renaissance Offshore (“Renaissance”) with offshore industry veteran Jeffrey Soine.  Supported by a $300 million equity commitment from Quantum, Renaissance will primarily engage in acquiring and redeveloping legacy oil producing properties in the shallow water Gulf of Mexico.

The Renaissance team is led by seasoned Gulf of Mexico executive Jeffrey Soine who will serve as Chief Executive Officer and President.  Soine previously served as Executive Vice President of the International Business Unit for Woodside Energy, as well as President of Woodside Energy (USA).  Prior to Woodside, Soine was Acquisitions Manager for W&T Offshore where he successfully acquired assets in the Gulf of Mexico.  Joining Soine, as Chief Financial Officer and co-founder, is Brian Romere.  Romere previously served in the same capacity at Anglo Suisse Offshore Partners and King Ranch Oil & Gas.

Immediately after formation, Renaissance closed on an acquisition of the Ship Shoal 266 field located approximately 75 miles off the coast of Louisiana with an average water depth of 180 feet, from Union Oil Company of California, a Chevron subsidiary.  The Ship Shoal acquisition provides Renaissance with a solid production base for the new company, and offers numerous opportunities to increase production over the near term.

Soine commented, “With the recent shift in focus of the majors and large independents to unconventional resources, and continued oil price strength, market conditions are ripe for a well funded, focused acquirer to pursue opportunities on the Gulf of Mexico shelf. Quantum’s strong financial sponsorship and energy industry expertise provides a great complement to our team’s proven Gulf track record.”

“We are excited to be in partnership with such an experienced team focused on the Gulf of Mexico shelf where we see tremendous opportunity to build an acquisition and exploitation platform that we believe will expose Quantum and its investors to superior returns,” said Garry Tanner, Managing Director at Quantum Energy Partners.

About Renaissance Offshore

For more information on Renaissance please call (832) 333-7700 or fax information to (832) 333-7701. Renaissance’s offices are located at 920 Memorial City Way, Suite 800, Houston, TX 77024.

About Quantum Energy Partners

Founded in 1998, Quantum Energy Partners is a leading provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry with more than $6.5 billion of assets under management. For more information on Quantum, please visit www.quantumep.com. For investor relations, please contact Michael Dalton at (713) 452-2000.