Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd.
NASDAQ : CSPLF
TSX : CSW

Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd.

October 18, 2006 17:43 ET

Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd. Reports Updated Reserves

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2006) - Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:CSW) (NASDAQ:CSPLF) (the "Company") announces that it has received an updated reserve report with an effective date of September 30, 2006 from GLJ Petroleum Consultants, its independent petroleum reserve engineers. The reserves, and associated present value estimated before income tax future net revenue, relating to the Company's Western Canadian conventional oil and gas properties were updated as part of a pending sale process for these conventional oil and gas properties. The report does not assess any reserves, resources or contingent resources associated with the Company's Arctic interests.

The new reserve report provides that the proved and probable reserves of the Company in Western Canada as of September 30, 2006 were approximately 1,479 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (BOEs) (based on a six to one conversion factor and net of royalties), a decrease of 19.8 % from January 1, 2006, reflecting production of 252 thousand BOEs and a decrease of 114 thousand BOEs due to technical revisions.

Based on GLJ's forecast prices for the period commencing October 1, 2006, the net present value estimated before income tax future net revenue of the Company's proved and probable Western Canadian reserves (net of royalties), discounted at 10%, was approximately Cdn $30.5 million, a decrease of 39.0% from January 1, 2006 mainly reflecting changes due to lower forecast prices, production and technical revisions.

The Company is filing on SEDAR a Form F1 pursuant to National Instrument 51-101 and on EDGAR under a Form 6K with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission with respect to the October 1, 2006 GLJ reserve report.

Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd. is an independent energy company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Corporation 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 Corporation also owns varying interests in seven Significant Discovery Licenses located in the Arctic Islands in Northern Canada. The Corporation's common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "CSPLF", and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CSW". The Corporation has 15,052,770 shares outstanding, 78% of which are held by Canadian Oil Sands Limited.

Any statements in this release that are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the "Safe Harbor Statement" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Among these risks and uncertainties are uncertainties as to the costs, pricing and production levels from the properties in which the Company has interests, the extent of the recoverable reserves at those properties, and the significant costs associated with the exploration and development of the properties in which the Company has interests, particularly the Kotaneelee field. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information

  • Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd.
    John McDonald
    President
    (403) 269-7741