Petro-Canada
NYSE : PCZ
TSX : PCA

Petro-Canada

January 31, 2006 19:52 ET

Petro-Canada Closes Sale of its Syrian-Producing Assets

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2006) - Petro-Canada (TSX:PCA) (NYSE:PCZ) today announced it has closed the sale of its Syrian-producing assets for EUR 484 million, before adjustments. The buyer is a joint venture of companies owned by India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The sale is retroactive to July 1, 2005. Subject to business conditions and opportunities, Petro-Canada expects to use the majority of the proceeds from the sale to buy back shares within its ongoing Normal Course Issuer Bid program.

Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally. Its common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCZ.

LEGAL NOTICE - FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION / RESERVES ESTIMATES

This release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements are generally identifiable by the terminology used, such as "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "expect," "estimate," "budget" or other similar wording. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to future capital and other expenditures, drilling plans, construction activities, the submission of development plans, seismic activity, refining margins, oil and gas production levels and the sources of growth thereof, results of exploration activities and dates by which certain areas may be developed or may come on-stream, retail throughputs, pre-production and operating costs, reserves estimates, reserves life, natural gas export capacity and environmental matters. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, levels of activity and achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; fluctuations in oil and gas prices; refining and marketing margins; the ability to produce and transport crude oil and natural gas to markets; the effects of weather conditions; the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities; fluctuation in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities including increases in taxes; decisions or approvals of administrative tribunals; changes in environmental and other regulations; risks attendant with oil and gas operations; expected rates of return; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Petro-Canada. These factors are discussed in greater detail in filings made by Petro-Canada with the Canadian provincial securities commissions and the United States (U.S.) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors affecting forward-looking statements is not exhaustive. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date of this release, and Petro-Canada does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Petro-Canada's staff of qualified reserves evaluators generates the reserves estimates used by the Company. Our reserves staff and management are not considered independent of the Company for purposes of the Canadian provincial securities commissions. Petro-Canada has obtained an exemption from certain Canadian reserves disclosure requirements to permit it to make disclosure in accordance with SEC standards in order to provide comparability with U.S. and other international issuers. Therefore, Petro-Canada's reserves data and other oil and gas formal disclosure is made in accordance with U.S. disclosure requirements and practices and may differ from Canadian domestic standards and practices. Where the term barrel of oil equivalent (boe) is used in this release it may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet (Mcf): one barrel (bbl) is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

The SEC permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved reserves that a company has demonstrated by actual production or conclusive formation tests to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions. The use of terms such as "probable," "possible," "recoverable" or "potential" reserves and resources in this release does not meet the guidelines of the SEC for inclusion in documents filed with the SEC.

Contact Information

  • Petro-Canada (Calgary)
    Media & general inquiries:
    Michelle Harries, Corporate Communications
    (403) 296-3648
    or
    Petro-Canada (Calgary)
    Investor and analyst inquiries:
    Gord Ritchie, Investor Relations
    (403) 296-7691
    Website: www.petro-canada.ca