Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd.

Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd.

July 27, 2005 17:59 ET

Canada Southern Announces a 46% Reserves Increase

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - July 27, 2005) - Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:CSW) (NASDAQ:CSPLF) (the "Company") today reported that the successful Kotaneelee L-38 well has increased the Company's total net proven recoverable reserves by 3.3 BCF and the Company's total net proven plus probable recoverable reserves by 3.7 BCF (617 mboe) net of royalties. This equates to a 46% increase over the 1,331 mboe of the Company's total net proven plus probable reserves (net of royalties) that were remaining to be recovered as of December 31, 2004.

Gilbert Laustsen Jung Associates Ltd., an independent qualified reserves evaluator, provided the reserves assessment which was developed in accordance with the reserves definitions contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook and the Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 51-101 in preparing this assessment.

For further information on the Company's reserves, please refer to page 13 of the Company's 2004 Annual Report which can be found on the Company's web site at

Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd. is an independent energy company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Company is engaged in oil and gas exploration and development, with its primary interests in producing properties in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia, Canada. The Company's common shares are traded on the NASDAQ SmallCap Market under the symbol "CSPLF," and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CSW". The Company has 14,461,165 shares outstanding.

This document may contain certain forward-looking statements relating, but not limited, to operations, financial performance, business prospects and strategies of the Company. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook on, without limitation, commodity prices, estimates of future production, the estimated amounts and timing of capital expenditures, anticipated future debt levels and royalty rates, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or statements about future events or performance.

Shareholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. By its nature, forward-looking information of the Company involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties both general and specific that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur. These factors include, but are not limited to: the pricing of natural gas and oil; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; risks and uncertainties involving the geology of natural gas and oil; operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing natural gas and oil; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses; the significant costs associated with the exploration and development of the properties on which the Company has interests, particularly the Kotaneelee field; shifts in market demands; risks inherent in the Company's marketing operations; industry overcapacity; the strength of the Canadian economy in general; currency and interest rate fluctuations; general global and economic and business conditions; changes in business strategies; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserves estimates; various events which could disrupt operations, including severe weather conditions, technological changes, our anticipation of and success in managing the above risks; potential increases in maintenance expenditures; changes in laws and regulations, including trade, fiscal, environmental and regulatory laws; and health, safety and environmental risks that may affect projected reserves and resources and anticipated earnings or assets. See also the information set forth under the heading "Information Concerning the Oil and Natural Gas Industry" in our 2004 Annual Information Form. Statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions that the reserves described can be profitably produced in the future.

We caution that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise the forward-looking information provided in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, or the foregoing list of factors affecting this information.

BOE may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 mcf/1 bbl is based on an energy equivalence conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Contact Information

  • Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd.
    John W. A. McDonald
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 269-7741