Primeline Energy Holdings Inc.
TSX VENTURE : PEH

Primeline Energy Holdings Inc.

March 05, 2010 08:30 ET

Primeline Signs Drilling Contract

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) - Primeline Energy Holdings Inc. ("Primeline" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PEH) today announced that Primeline has entered into a turnkey drilling contract for its step out exploration well in the vicinity of the LS36-1 field as part of its rolling development and exploration programme.

As previously announced on 10th February, having made good progress on the development of its LS36-1 gas field, Primeline signed a Letter of Intent with China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) under which COSL agreed to drill LS35-3-1 well on a turnkey basis for Primeline. Primeline has now concluded the detailed negotiations and, on 5th March 2010, entered into the turnkey drilling contract with COSL.

Under the turnkey drilling contract, COSL will drill the LS35-3-1 well in Block 25/34 using a jack-up rig, COSL 942, once the rig is released from its current contract, which is expected to be sometime between the beginning of April to late May 2010. COSL will supply all necessary equipment, services and personnel for the drilling. 

COSL is the leading integrated oilfield services provider in offshore China with a total of 24 offshore rigs and is listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges. COSL 942 is a new rig first launched in August 2009. It is fifth generation jack-up rig capable of operating in water depths of up to 400 ft.

The LS35-3 prospect is approximately 14.5 km from the existing LS36-1 discovery and is one of four main channel system prospects Primeline identified in the area adjacent to the LS36-1 Gas Field through its 3D seismic programme in 2007. If any sizeable hydrocarbon resources are discovered at LS35-3, they can be easily tied into the proposed production facility Primeline and CNOOC plan to build as part of the LS 36-1 gas field development program. Primeline also has another ready to drill prospect to the north of the LS36-1 field.

Based on the Turnkey Drilling Contract, the cost of the well, in a success case, is expected to be approximately US$25 million depending on the level of testing required. This price is significantly less than prices which were quoted to Primeline in 2008/2009. The cost of the exploration well will be borne by Primeline and Primeline Petroleum Corporation, a company 100% owned by Chairman Victor Hwang, in the proportions 75/25, representing their respective interests in the Petroleum Contract.

Primeline obtained confirmation from its major shareholder and Chairman, Victor Hwang, that he will underwrite the cost of the drilling contract in order to enable Primeline to secure the rig. Primeline is in the process of putting in place arrangements for raising the funds required for its share of the drilling cost. Further details will be announced when the rig is ready to be mobilised to LS35-3-1 location and arrangements for the fund raising have been finalised.

About Primeline Energy Holdings Inc.

Primeline is an exploration and development company focusing exclusively on China resources to become a major supplier of gas and oil to the East China market. Primeline has a 75% Contractor's interest in the Petroleum Contract with CNOOC for Block 25/34, an offshore exploration area of 5,221 km2 in the East China Sea, where the Lishui 36-1 discovery is located. A 3D survey was used to define a number of high potential prospects near the discovery for the Company's step out exploration programme. Previously drilled wells in and around Block 25/34 encountered oil and gas shows and flows indicating that there is significant hydrocarbon potential in the remainder of the Block. Shares of the Company are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol PEH.

ON BEHALF OF PRIMELINE ENERGY HOLDINGS INC.

Ming Wang, Chief Executive Officer

Please visit the Company's website at www.pehi.com. should you wish to receive Company news via email, please email catarina@chfir.com and specify "Primeline Energy" in the subject line.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this news release contain forward-looking information, which involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Primeline. These statements relate to the time in which the COSL 942 rig is expected to become available, the cost of drilling the LS 35-3-1 well expected by Primeline, and Primeline's expectation that funding arrangements will be completed. They are based on assumptions that the current contract under which COSL has been mobilized will be completed on a timely basis, upon budgets for drilling compiled by Primeline, and that funding arrangements can be completed. Current contracts may not be completed on a timely basis, actual costs may exceed those budgeted, and it may not be possible to complete funding arrangements. If so, then drilling of LS 35-3-1 may be delayed, the amounts Primeline will have to raise may be increased, and Primeline may be unable to meet its payment obligations under the drilling contract. Required government approvals may not be obtained in a timely fashion, or at all. If funding is not sufficient or governmental approvals are not obtained, Primeline may be unable to develop the gas field.. Exploration for oil and gas is subject to the inherent risk that it will not result in a commercial discovery.

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Contact Information

  • Primeline Energy Holdings Inc.
    Dr. Ming Wang
    CEO
    +44 207.499.8888 or Toll Free: 1.877.818.0688
    +44 207.499.2288 (FAX)
    IR@pehi.com
    www.pehi.com
    or
    CHF Investor Relations
    Robin Cook
    Senior Account Manager
    +1 416.868.1079
    +1 416.868.6198 (FAX)
    robin@chfir.com
    or
    CHF Investor Relations
    Catarina Cerqueira
    Associate Account Manager
    +1 416.868.1079
    +1 416.868.6198 (FAX)
    catarina@chfir.com