Petro-Canada has provided an exploration update for the fourth quarter and year ended 2008.
For the year ended December 31, 2008, Petro-Canada and its partners finished operations on 16 wells. Four of the wells were completed as natural gas discoveries (Gubik-3 in the Alaska Foothills, Zandolie East on Block 1a offshore Trinidad and Tobago, Sancoche on Block 22 offshore Trinidad and Tobago, and van Ghent in the Netherlands sector of the North Sea). One well was completed as an oil discovery (Pink in the United Kingdom (U.K.) sector of the North Sea). One successful natural gas appraisal well was completed (Cassra 2 on Block 22 offshore Trinidad and Tobago), and there was one successful oil appraisal well (Farigh 14-12 in Libya). One well was completed as a non-commercial oil discovery (Maria in the U.K. sector of the North Sea) and one well as a non-commercial natural gas discovery (L5a-11 in the Netherlands sector of the North Sea). Drilling of the Chandler-1 well in the Alaska Foothills was suspended, as planned, for re-entry next season. Four wells were dry and abandoned (Kwijika in the Northwest Territories, Tegu on Block 1a offshore Trinidad and Tobago, Bene on Block 22 offshore Trinidad and Tobago, and Trow in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea).
Two of the completed wells were from the 2007 exploration program. Gemini, in the U.K. sector of the North Sea, was dry and abandoned, and the Poinsettia-2 appraisal well (on the NCMA Block in Trinidad and Tobago) was completed as a natural gas discovery.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company did not complete any exploration wells.
In 2009, the Company expects to drill up to 12 wells focused in the North Sea, Libya, East Coast Canada and the Alaska Foothills. In the North Sea, Petro-Canada and its partners plan to drill up to four wells. Up to another four wells are planned as part of the ongoing drilling program in Libya, and the Company and its partners will continue to develop longer term supply opportunities in the frontier area of Alaska, where three wells are planned. In East Coast Canada, the Company and its partners also plan to drill one well.
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