Cobalt Energy Ltd.

Cobalt Energy Ltd.

December 01, 2008 17:09 ET

Cobalt Announces Participation in Two Farm-In Agreements and $2 Million Flow-Through Financing

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2008) -


Cobalt Energy Ltd. ("Cobalt" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CB.A) (TSX VENTURE:CB.B) is pleased to announce that it has entered into two independent farm-in agreements with industry partners for drilling activity in Alberta.

Cobalt has entered into a farm-in agreement with industry partners in the Pembina area of west-central, Alberta. The Pembina prospect targets light sweet crude oil in the Cardium formation at a depth of approximately 1,200 meters. This prospect is considered to be ideal for horizontal well drilling with multi-stage fracing technology. The Company has committed to participate in the drilling of one exploration well on a farm-in block of six sections of undeveloped lands. Cobalt will pay a 47% capital interest to earn a 43% working interest in the drilled section, and an additional 28% working interest in one other section of the farm-in block. The Company will have a rolling option to participate in additional development wells under the same earning terms, with ultimate potential of up to two wells per section at an average working interest of approximately 35%. The farm-in block also holds potential for natural gas in shallower zones which will be earned by wells drilled to the Cardium formation. In addition, the Cobalt has an option to acquire a 25% working interest in four sections of undeveloped land in the Pembina area which is prospective for light oil in the Cardium formation as well as natural gas in the Mannville formation.

Additionally, the Company has entered into an agreement for a five section farm-in block, in the Hines area located in the northern area of the Peace River Arch, Alberta. The Hines program targets shallow natural gas with multi-zone potential at drilling depths of up to 1,000 meters. The Company has committed to participate in the drilling of one exploration well on the five section farm-in block. Cobalt will pay a 30-36% capital interest up to the well's casing point to earn an 18-21% working interest in the entire farm-in block. The Company will also have an option to participate in a joint venture with its partner in an additional 35 sections of land in the immediate Hines area. Cobalt anticipates equalizing up to a 50% working interest in the joint venture lands through expenditures in drilling, well recompletions, and seismic programs. With election of this joint venture option, Cobalt may participate in exploration and development opportunities in a total of 40 sections of undeveloped lands.

Cobalt is also pleased to announce that it that it has entered into an agreement with Wolverton Capital Markets, a subsidiary of Wolverton Securities Ltd., to issue by way of a private placement up to 5,714,286 flow-through Class A Shares on a commercially reasonable efforts basis, at a price of $0.35 per through Class A Share, for gross proceeds of up to approximately $2.0 million ("Offering"). Proceeds from the Offering will be used to incur qualifying expenditures which will be renounced in favor of the subscribers for the 2008 taxation year.

Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about December 16, 2008, and is subject to the receipt of all requisite regulatory and stock exchange approvals. The issued shares will be subject to a four month hold period from the date of closing.

Cobalt participates in the exploration, development and production of conventional crude oil and natural gas reserves in western Canada. The Company's strategy is to build shareholder value through selective acquisitions, exploitation, and exploration and development drilling.

Reader Advisory - This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, which include assumptions with respect to funds from financing and use of capital. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information may prove to be incorrect. All such forward looking statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other producers, tax treatment (including royalties), inability to retain drilling rigs and other services, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, the impact of general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and overseas, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations (including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations) and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and market valuations of companies with respect to announced transactions and the final valuations thereof, and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. The Company's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceeds, that the Company will derive therefrom. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. All subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws. BOE or boe/d may be misleading particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion of 6mcf:1bbl is based as an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not necessarily represent a value equivalency at the well head.

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