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CGX Energy Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OYL) ("CGX" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has awarded a drilling contract to a subsidiary of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) ("Diamond") for the Ocean Saratoga semi-submersible drilling rig to drill the Eagle-1 well on the Company's 100% owned and operated Corentyne Petroleum Prospecting License ("PPL"), offshore Guyana. The Ocean Saratoga is currently performing a work-over in the Gulf of Mexico and will soon be available to drill the Company's Eagle-1 well. CGX is in discussions with Government of Guyana officials regarding timing for drilling. An announcement on mobilization and drill timing will be announced in a separate press release.
Diamond is a leading drilling contractor that owns and operates one of the largest fleets of offshore drilling units in the world and has operation bases in Houston, Perth, Australia, Macae, Brazil and Aberdeen, Scotland. Diamond has over 40 years global drilling experience and approximately 5,000 highly skilled employees worldwide.
Steve Hermeston, President and CEO commented, "The Company will be drilling two highly prospective wells offshore Guyana -- the Eagle-1 well that will appraise the Eocene and Maastrichtian geologic formations to an anticipated total depth of 4,300 metres and the Jaguar-1 well which will appraise the Turonian geologic formation to an anticipated depth of 6,500 metres. Our 100% Eagle-1 well is anticipated to take approximately 60 days to drill. The Jaguar-1 well, located on the Georgetown PPL, in which CGX has a 25% interest with partners Repsol Exploración S.A (operator), YPF Guyana Limited and Tullow Guyana BV, will be drilled by the Atwood Beacon jackup rig as soon as it completes drilling for Inpex Corporation offshore Suriname. This drilling will mark the fruition of years of evaluation, preparation and cooperation between CGX and the Guyana Government and the onset of evaluating the petroleum potential of this highly prospective basin."
CGX Energy is a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration company focused on the exploration of oil in the Guyana-Suriname Basin, an area that is ranked second in the world for oil and gas prospectivity by the United States Geological Service. CGX is managed by a team of experienced oil and gas and finance professionals from Guyana, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
This news release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law including statements regarding the expectations for satisfying the drilling requirements of the Corentyne PPL and the Georgetown PPL. Forward looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "would", "potential", "proposed" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. These statements are only predictions. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the information is provided, and is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that the parties to the Georgetown PPL will not be able to satisfy the requirements of the Georgetown PPL prior to the new deadline, the inherent risks involved in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties and the possibility of unanticipated costs and expenses. For a description of the risks and uncertainties facing CGX and its business and affairs, readers should refer to CGX's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2010 and subsequent Management's Discussion and Analysis. CGX undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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