Ithaca Energy Inc

November 14, 2008 11:45 ET

Ithaca Energy 25th Round Success & Completion of Barbara Sale



November 14, 2008

Ithaca Energy 25th Round Success & Completion of Barbara Sale

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) -


Ithaca Energy Inc ("Ithaca" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:IAE)(AIM:IAE) and its wholly owned subsidiary Ithaca
Energy (UK) Limited, an independent oil & gas company with exploration and development assets in the UK sector
of the North Sea, is delighted to announce success in the UKCS 25th Seaward Production License Round and
completion of the sale of its 20% interest in Block 23/16c, part of the Barbara discovery, to Dyas UK Limited
for the consideration of US$8.25 million.

25Th Round Awards

Ithaca has been offered a total of six new licenses from the 25th Round of which it will operate three. The
licences cover 8 blocks and are spread across Northern, Central and Southern North Sea, thus expanding the
Company's position in existing core areas and taking the Company into a new part of the basin.

The award includes the following:

Northern North Sea

Block 3/3b (Ithaca 35% and Operator) contains the undeveloped Orlando discovery made by well 3/3-11 drilled in
1988 and which lies close to the Ninian oilfield. The discovery well encountered an 800 ft section of Brent
reservoir section and a 157 ft oil column. A drill stem test over a 12 hours period flowed on average 2,708
bopd, with a maximum rate of 2,814 bopd through a 3/4" choke. Ithaca will operate the potential development of
Orlando and surrounding area. The licensees will be committed to drill one well over the four year term of the

Blocks 211/11b & 16b (Ithaca 35% and Operator) lie close to prolific oilfields such as Otter, Eider and Magnus,
all of which produce high quality oil from Brent reservoirs. Ithaca recognises significant exploration upside
potential straddling both blocks. The company has mapped a large closure updip from the 211/16b-7 well drilled
in 1991 which encountered oil and gas shows in the Middle Jurassic Brent formation. This prospect will be
matured for drilling as a matter of priority. The licensees will be committed to drill one well over the four
year term of the license.

Central North Sea

Blocks 29/4b & 29/5e (Ithaca 100% and Operator) and 29/10b (Ithaca 50%, operated by Maersk) lie adjacent to the
Stella discovery in Block 30/6 which Ithaca acquired from Shell and Esso earlier this year. Access to this
acreage has established a new core area for Ithaca in which numerous prospects, leads and small discoveries
have been identified. The Company intends to use leading edge seismic technology to unlock the remaining
hydrocarbon potential of this area. The Licensees of Blocks 29/4b and 29/5e will be committed to conduct 90 sq.
kilometres of 3-D seismic over the four year term of the license. Block 29.10b will carry no specific

Southern North Sea

Blocks 43/28 and 43/29 (Ithaca 30%, operated by Venture) provide the Company with the opportunity to continue
to expand it's gas basin portfolio. The additional acreage is also close to Ithaca's interests in Block 43/21b
where drilling will start on the Carna prospect in late 2008. The Licence will carry no specific commitment.

Barbara Sale

Ithaca Energy Inc, through its wholly owned subsidiary Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited ("Ithaca"), has also
completed the sale of its 20% interest in Block 23/16c containing the Barbara gas and condensate discovery to
Dyas UK Limited ("Dyas") for the consideration of US$8.25 million. This transaction is independent of and
precedes the strategic sale of interests to Dyas recently announced and represents Ithaca's entire interest in
License P.749 which covers a portion of the Barbara discovery. Pre-development technical and commercial
discussions are ongoing between the various licensees of the Barbara and Phyllis discoveries regarding
unitization. In December 2007 the independent reserves auditors Sproule International allocated 1 million
barrels of oil equivalent net to Ithaca's license interest in License P.749.

Iain McKendrick, COO of Ithaca said:

"We are delighted to have had such success in the 25th Round. These awards will considerably strengthen
Ithaca's portfolio and add to its aggressive programme of future developments and exploration drilling. In
addition, Ithaca is pleased to have completed the Barbara transaction that started the relationship between
Dyas and Ithaca and which has subsequently been built on so successfully. Ithaca is a focused operator in the
North Sea and selling this interest just prior to a stage of intensive non-operated pre-development technical
and commercial work has allowed early monetization at an attractive price which shows a good return on our
investment on this asset. Ithaca will now be better positioned to focus its resources on material opportunities
elsewhere in its portfolio."

In accordance with AIM Guidelines, Lawrie Payne, MA Marine Geology (Alberta & Columbia) and CEO of Ithaca
Energy is the qualified person that has reviewed the technical information contained in this press release.

Forward-looking statements

Some of the statements in this announcement are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements include statements
regarding the intent, belief and current expectations of Ithaca Energy Inc. or its officers with respect to
various matters. When used in this announcement, the words "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans,"
"may," "will," "should" and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-
looking statements. Such statements are not promises or guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual outcome to differ materially from those suggested by any such statements. These forward-
looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement. Ithaca Energy Inc. expressly disclaims any
obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement
contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events,
conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based except as required by applicable
securities laws.



Ithaca Energy Inc:
Lawrie Payne
+44 (0) 207 590 3027


Ithaca Energy Inc:
Iain McKendrick
+44 (0) 1224 650 261


Ithaca Energy Inc:
Steven Turner
+44 (0) 1224 652 151


Pelham Public Relations:
Charles Vivian
+44 (0) 207 743 6672


Pelham Public Relations:
Philip Dennis
+44 (0) 207 743 6363


Nabarro Wells & Co Ltd:
Marc Cramsie
+44 (0) 207 634 4858

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