Talisman has retained TD Securities Inc. to initiate a competitive auction process to seek proposals for the acquisition of certain oil sands assets in Athabasca, Alberta. Talisman believes this process will identify the best alternatives for surfacing the value on its oil sands assets, including a possible sale for cash. These assets are:
- A 1.25% indirect interest in Syncrude, the largest integrated oil sands mining project in Canada with current nameplate capacity of 4,375 bbls/d of synthetic crude oil, net to Talisman;
- A 100% working interest in Lease 10, a 2,752 hectare undeveloped oil sands lease with potential for SAGD development, which is located immediately south of Suncor's Steepbank mine;
- A 75% working interest in Lease 50, an 8,826 hectare undeveloped oil sands lease with potential for SAGD development, which is located immediately north of OPTI/Nexen's Long Lake SAGD project; and
- A 2% gross overriding royalty on Suncor's undeveloped 14,782 hectare Lease 23, which is located immediately west of its Steepbank mining operations.
While non-core to Talisman, the package represents an opportunity to acquire interests in some world class oil sands assets. Additional details can be obtained from TD Securities.
Talisman is undertaking a broad review of its non-core assets world-wide, some of which it believes may not be fully reflected in the Company's share price. The Company intends to use any cash proceeds from asset sales to repurchase Talisman shares.
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