Toreador Confirms Gas in Hungary, Hits Oil in Turkey

Toreador has provided an operational update, under which the following has occurred:

  • The Balotaszallas-E-1 ("THL Ba-E-1") well, which is located in the Tompa Block in Hungary, reached its final total measured depth of 3,620 meters and successfully encountered the target geologic horizon as a 560 meter over-pressured section of predominantly thin, inter-bedded layers comprising siltstones, shale, and sandstones with some interspersed conglomerates; electric logs, mud logs and gas readings of greater than 100,000 ppm encountered across the interval confirm the presence of natural gas. The well has been completed and the rig has been released. Design of a fracture program to stimulate the well is being finalized and operations to perform the treatment, followed by an extended flow back period, are expected to commence in May. Toreador holds a 25% working interest in this well and costs are carried by its partner, Delta Hydrocarbons BV.
  • Toreador's Cendere 22 development well in the southeast of Turkey reached a total depth of 2,871 meters and encountered 21 stands of pure oil during a drill stem test. The well is now being completed and is expected to commence production by the end of April. Toreador holds a 19.6% working interest in the Cendere Field.
  • Toreador and its partners HEMA Energy and Sherritt International Oil and Gas Limited will spud its Durusu-1 exploration well in the Black Sea before the end of May 2009 utilizing the GSP Romania owned Saturn jackup drilling rig. The Durusu-1 well is situated within the seven Western Black Sea licenses held by Toreador and its partners, approximately 20 kilometers offshore in 80 meters of water. The Durusu-1 well will target both the Danisman and Osmancik formations and the planned total depth is 2,500 meters subsea. Toreador holds a 25% WI in the 7 licenses and is carried for the first $10.7 million of Durusu-1 well costs; HEMA Energy and Sherritt International Oil and Gas Limited hold 33% and 42% working interests, respectively.
  • The Company has retained Gaffney, Cline & Associates, an international oil and gas sector advisory firm, to manage all future reserves verifications.

Craig McKenzie, President and CEO of Toreador, said, "We are working aggressively against our 2009 strategic priorities and I am particularly pleased to be able to provide an update on our recent and upcoming well activities. With minimal capital commitments, we will continue pushing forward with these significant growth opportunities without adversely affecting our balance sheet."

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