HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ERHC Energy Inc. (OTCBB:ERHE), a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in Sub-Saharan Africa, today announced that it is set to exhibit at NAPE Expo, the world's largest E&P (upstream) expo. Slated for February 5-8, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Winter NAPE 2013 is expected to draw close to 20,000 attendees and exhibitors to highlight producing properties and prospects from around the world, capital formation and services and technologies. ERHC will occupy booth 921 at the International Pavilion February 5-8, where attendees will be able to preview current and upcoming licensing rounds, as well as make contacts with energy ministries and state licensing authorities. "While we are forging ahead as the operator of both our Kenya and Chad assets, we continue to pursue strategic partnerships on those assets that may be in the best interests of the Company and stockholders," said ERHC President and CEO Peter Ntephe. "Our Exploration Manager Gertjan van Mechelen will lead ERHC's team at the NAPE Expo to present our assets and exploration plans and discuss potential alliances." Now in its 20 th year, NAPE Expo creates an environment for doing business and initiating upstream asset purchases and trades. The event is organized by the American Association of Professional Landmen in partnership with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Earlier in January, ERHC continued to make progress toward commencing exploration work programs in Kenya and Chad. The Company has established wholly-owned local subsidiaries in both nations to handle the programs. ERHC Energy Kenya Ltd., headquartered in Nairobi, will oversee the exploration work program for Block 11A in northwest Kenya under the guidance of General Manager Dr. Peter Thuo. ERHC Energy Chad, headquartered in N'Djamena, will oversee the exploration work program for BDS 2008 in Chad.