FORM 4
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
BASSO DONALD V
  2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
MAGELLAN PETROLEUM CORP /DE/ [MPET]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
__X__ Director _____ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
4024-40 AVENUE N.W.
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
04/01/2010
(Street)

CALGARY, ALBERTA, Z4 T3A OW9
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock (Restricted) 04/01/2010   A   12,500 (1) A $ 0 (2) 47,900 (3) D  

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Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4, and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
7. Title and Amount of Underlying Securities
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 4)
10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Non-qualified stock option (right to buy) $ 2.24 04/01/2010   A   25,000 (4)     (5) 04/01/2020 Common Stock 25,000 $ 0 125,000 D  

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
 Director  10% Owner  Officer  Other
BASSO DONALD V
4024-40 AVENUE N.W.
CALGARY, ALBERTA, Z4 T3A OW9
  X      

Signatures

 /s/ Donald V. Basso, by Edward B. Whittemore, attorney-in-fact   04/05/2010
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 4(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) On April 1, 2010, 12,500 restricted shares of the Company's common stock were awarded to the reporting person pursuant to the Company's 1998 Stock Incentive Plan. The restricted shares vested immediately in full on April 1, 2010.
(2) The fair market value of a share of the Company's common stock on the grant date April 1, 2010, was $2.24 per share, calculated in accordance with the terms of the Company's 1998 Stock Incentive Plan.
(3) Amount reported does not include beneficial ownership of the shares subject to stock options held by the reporting person which are reported in Table II.
(4) On April 1, 2010, the reporting person was awarded 25,000 non-qualified stock options pursuant to the Company's 1998 Stock Incentive Plan. The stock options have an exercise price of $2.24 per share and will expire on April 1, 2020. The stock options are also expressly conditioned upon the receipt of shareholder approval of the replenishment and amendment of the Company's 1998 Stock Incentive Plan, which shareholder approval will be sought later in 2010.
(5) The awarded stock options vest as follows: (1) one-third of the award (8,333 shares) will vest on April 1, 2011, (2) one-third of the award (8,333 shares) will vest on April 1, 2012, and (3) one-third of the award (8,334 shares) will vest on April 1, 2013.

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