Canadian Natural Resources Limited
TSX : CNQ
NYSE : CNQ

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

January 20, 2006 17:30 ET

Canadian Natural Resources Limited Announces Renewal of Normal Course Issuer Bid

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 20, 2006) - Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSX:CNQ) (NYSE:CNQ) ("Canadian Natural") announced today that Toronto Stock Exchange has accepted notice filed by Canadian Natural of its intention to make a Normal Course Issuer Bid through the facilities of Toronto Stock Exchange. Purchases may also be made through the facilities of the New York Stock Exchange.

The notice provides that Canadian Natural may, during the 12 month period commencing January 24, 2006 and ending January 23, 2007, purchase for cancellation on Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange up to 26,852,545 shares, being 5% of the 537,050,902 outstanding common shares as at January 17, 2006. The price which Canadian Natural will pay for any such shares will be the market price at the time of acquisition. The actual number of common shares that may be purchased and the timing of any such purchases will be determined by Canadian Natural.

While pursuing Canadian Natural's successful acquisition, exploration and development plans remain the best opportunity to create value for Canadian Natural, any excess cash flow in 2006 over budgeted spending may be used by Canadian Natural to further strengthen its balance sheet or continue growth of value per common share. One investment opportunity available to Canadian Natural under these circumstances, depending upon future trading prices and other factors, is the use of these excess funds to purchase its common shares, as it is a worthwhile investment, and is in the best interests of Canadian Natural and its shareholders.

Canadian Natural has purchased 850,000 common shares at a weighted average purchase price of $53.26 pursuant to a Normal Course Issuer Bid which has been in place since January 24, 2005.

Canadian Natural is a senior oil and natural gas production company, with continuing operations in its core areas located in Western Canada, the U.K. portion of the North Sea and Offshore West Africa.

Certain information regarding the Company contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws. Such statements are subject to known or unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited
    Allan P. Markin
    Chairman
    (403) 514-7777
    (403) 517-7370 (FAX)
    or
    Canadian Natural Resources Limited
    John G. Langille
    Vice-Chairman
    (403) 514-7777
    (403) 517-7370 (FAX)
    or
    Canadian Natural Resources Limited
    Steve W. Laut
    President and Chief Operating Officer
    (403) 514-7777
    (403) 517-7370 (FAX)
    or
    Canadian Natural Resources Limited
    Douglas A. Proll
    Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President, Finance
    (403) 514-7777
    (403) 517-7370 (FAX)
    or
    Canadian Natural Resources Limited
    Corey B. Bieber
    Vice-President, Investor Relations
    (403) 514-7777
    (403) 517-7370 (FAX)
    Email: ir@cnrl.com
    Website: www.cnrl.com
    or
    Canadian Natural Resources Limited
    2500, 855 - 2nd Street S.W.
    Calgary, Alberta T2P 4J8