West Hawk Development Corp.

West Hawk Development Corp.

June 12, 2008 06:00 ET

West Hawk Signs MOU With Petrobras to Jointly Develop the Figure Four Natural Gas Property

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - West Hawk Development Corp. (TSX VENTURE:WHD)(FRANKFURT:H5N) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU" or "Agreement") with Petrobras - Petroleo Brasileiro S.A ("Petrobras") for a partnership to jointly develop on a fast track basis the Company's Figure Four Natural Gas Project in the Piceance Basin, Colorado.

The MOU outlines the timeline, scheduling, and plans for the partnership and complete transfer of site operations to Petrobras, as well as providing a provision for near term expansions in the Piceance Basin, and other parts of the United States of America. During the month of June, Petrobras executives and engineers will visit Colorado and make a site visit to conduct a thorough review and assessment of the Figure Four Natural Gas Project. Petrobras, under a confidentiality clause of the MOU, has accessed key pertinent information related to the Gas Project and are satisfied with the quality of the project and its prospective upside. Petrobras has assigned key professionals and senior staff to its due diligence team. Upon the conclusion of these technical and commercial meetings, Petrobras will prepare an offer. If accepted, West Hawk and Petrobras will work together to reach an agreement and conclude the transaction in August.

"Petrobras is the 3rd largest company in the Americas and is among the 5 largest oil companies in the world. Their recently appointed new International Management Team is committed to develop quality oil and gas projects in stable regions of the world, including the United States, where they intend to invest $ 4.8 billion until year 2012 in upstream and downstream oil and gas projects. Petrobras is considering the Figure Four Project as a logical and strategic step to start operations in the Piceance Basin, the largest gas play in North America," commented Mr. Gonzalo Torres-Macchiavello, President & CEO, Americas.

"This partnership will bring important financial resources, technology, know-how and a bench mark for the international oil and gas industry to the heart of the Piceance Basin," said Dr. Wm. Mark Hart, President & CEO, West Hawk Development Corporation.

"Petrobras is seriously examining the project as a very strong potential candidate to become our first natural gas project in the United States. We know the qualities of the Piceance Basin and the developments that are taking place there. Certainly, it is a place to be," commented Mr. Jorge Luiz Zelada, Petrobras International, Business Director.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Wm. Mark Hart, President and Chief Executive Officer

About the Company: West Hawk Development Corp. is focused on providing valuable, high-demand energy products from a variety of sources. Assets include the Figure Four natural gas property located in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, being developed under a drilling and development agreement; the Groundhog coal property located in northwest British Columbia; the Tulita coal property located in the Northwest Territories; and the Ellesmere Island, Nunavut Territory coal property.

About Petrobras - Petroleo Brasileiro S.A: Petrobras is a fully integrated oil and gas company. Petrobras is the world most experienced company in deep off shore oil and gas wells. Also is very experienced in oil refining and gas production in different parts of the world. Currently Petrobras market value is approximately $ 290 billion where 50% of the company is owned by the Brazilian Federal Government and the remaining 50% are private investors. Their stock is traded in the NYSE, BOVESPA and MERVAL.

Cautionary Note: This news release contains forward looking statements, particularly those regarding cash flow, capital expenditures and investment plans. Resource estimates, unless specially noted, are considered speculative. The Company has filed a National Instrument 51-101 Report on the Figure Four property. The Company has filed National Instrument 43-101 Reports for each of the Groundhog coal property in British Columbia, the Tulita coal property in the Northwest Territories, and the Nunavut coal property. Any and all other resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be relied upon. By their nature, forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration and development activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors. Cautionary note to U.S. investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves" unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not yet reviewed and does not take responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news release.

Contact Information

  • West Hawk Development Corp.
    Wm. Mark Hart
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (303) 524-1424
    (303) 524-1285 (FAX)
    Website: www.westhawkdevelopment.com