Addax Petroleum announces production milestone in Nigeria

    200 million barrels produced from OML 123 offshore Nigeria

    CALGARY, July 7 /CNW/ - Addax Petroleum Corporation (TSX: AXC and LSE:
AXC) ("Addax Petroleum" or the "Corporation") announces today that the
historic milestone of 200 million barrels of oil production from the Addax
Petroleum operated Oil Mining Lease ("OML") 123 offshore Nigeria has been
achieved. OML123, the Corporation's first Nigerian license and largest license
by production and reserves volumes, is located in the shallow water offshore
in the Niger Delta Basin, one of the most prolific petroleum basins in the
    Commenting, Jean Claude Gandur, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Addax Petroleum said: "I am extremely proud of this recent accomplishment
given Addax Petroleum acquired OML123 in 1998 with a fraction of the reserves
we have there today. Achieving this 200 million barrel production milestone,
along with celebrating 10 successful years of operating in Nigeria, highlights
the quality of our Nigerian assets and our track record of delivering results
that enhance shareholder value. We believe that OML123 will continue to be a
major production hub for us in the coming years, given the new fields we will
be bringing on stream and the substantial exploration potential still
contained within the block as demonstrated by our plans to drill up to 6
exploration wells by the end of Q1 2009."
    The OML123 license area covers approximately 90,700 acres (367 km(2)) and
is located offshore approximately 60 km south of the town of Calabar in the
south-eastern part of Nigeria. As at December 31, 2007, Netherland, Sewell &
Associates Inc. ("NSAI") estimates the Corporation's gross proved plus
probable reserves for OML123 to be 161.4 MMbbl and gross proved plus probable
plus possible reserved to be 220.6 MMbbl. In addition, as at December 31,
2007, NSAI estimates the Corporation's best estimate contingent resources for
OML123 for gas to be 999.9 Bcf and for associated liquids to be 27.9 MMbbl,
and gross best estimate unrisked prospective oil resources for identified
prospects on OML123 to be 401.2 MMbbl (110.3 MMbbl risked). Addax Petroleum is
currently producing just under 60Mbbl/d from 51 wells in 7 producing fields.

    About Addax Petroleum

    Addax Petroleum is an international oil and gas exploration and
production company with a strategic focus on West Africa and the Middle East.
Addax Petroleum is one of the largest independent oil producers in West Africa
and has increased its crude oil production from an average of 8,800 bbl/d for
1998 to an average of approximately 139,100 bbl/d for the first quarter of
2008. Further information about Addax Petroleum is available at, or the Corporation's website,

    Information about Reserves and Resources Estimates

    Reserves and resources information in this news release are set out in
greater detail in Addax Petroleum's Annual Information Form dated March 13,
2008, which is available on the SEDAR website,, the London Stock
Exchange Market News website, or the Corporation's
    Possible reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to
be recovered than probable reserves. There is a 10% probability that the
quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the sum of proved plus
probable plus possible reserves.
    Contingent resources are those quantities estimated, as of a given date,
to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established
technology or technology under development, but which are not currently
considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies.
Addax Petroleum's contingent gas resources for OML123 are comprised of natural
gas, liquefied petroleum gas ("LPG") and pentanes plus ("C5+") components, and
are located in fields in which wells have been drilled through the gas portion
of the reservoirs to help define the gas pay thickness, reservoir quality and
areal extent. There are no gas sales from the properties since no gas market
connection is available, and Addax Petroleum has yet to conclude negotiations
with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ("NNPC") regarding the terms
governing the exploitation of gas under the Production Sharing Contract. It is
currently investigating commercialization of produced gas through several
markets. No economic evaluation has been performed on these resources as at
December 31, 2007. All produced gas is presently flared, consumed for lease
use or reinjected into the oil reservoirs to maintain reservoir pressure.
There is no certainty that these contingent resources will be commercially
    Prospective resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of
a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by
application of future development projects. Prospective resources have both an
associated chance of discovery and a chance of development. The prospective
oil resources indicate exploration opportunities and development potential in
the event a commercial discovery is made and should not be construed as
reserves or contingent resources. There is no certainty that any portion of
the resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it
will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.

    Legal Notice - Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements in this news release constitute forward-looking
statements under applicable securities legislation. Such statements are
generally identifiable by the terminology used, such as "anticipate",
"believe", "intend", "expect", "plan", "estimate", "budget", "outlook", "may",
"will", "should", "could", "would" or other similar wording. Forward-looking
information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, production
levels and the sources of growth thereof, project development schedules and
results, results of exploration activities and dates by which certain areas
may be developed or may come on-stream, financing and capital activities,
contingent liabilities, the Corporation's business strategy and goals, future
capital and other expenditures and reserves and resources estimates. By its
very nature, such forward-looking information requires Addax Petroleum to make
assumptions that may not materialize or that may not be accurate. This
forward-looking information is 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 information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: imprecision
of reserves and resources estimates; ultimate recovery of reserves; volatility
of prices of oil and natural gas; general economic, market and business
conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; refining
and marketing margins; the ability to produce and transport crude oil and
natural gas to markets; 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, both domestic and international;
international political events; expected rates of return; and other factors,
many of which are beyond the control of Addax Petroleum. More specifically,
production may be affected by such factors as exploration success, start-up
timing and success, facility reliability, reservoir performance and natural
decline rates, water handling, and drilling progress. Capital expenditures may
be affected by cost pressures associated with new capital projects, including
labour and material supply, project management, drilling rig rates and
availability, and seismic costs. These factors are discussed in greater detail
in filings made by Addax Petroleum with the Canadian provincial securities
    Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors
affecting forward-looking information is not exhaustive. Furthermore, the
forward-looking information contained in this news release is made as of the
date of this news release and, except as required by applicable law, Addax
Petroleum does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise
any of the included forward-looking information, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information
contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Patrick Spollen, Investor Relations, Tel.:
+41 (0) 22 702 95 47,; Mr. Craig Kelly,
Investor Relations, Tel.: +41 (0) 22 702 95 68,; Ms. Marie-Gabrielle Cajoly, Press Relations,
Tel.: +41 (0) 22 702 94 44,; Mr.
Nick Cowling, Press Relations, Tel.: (416) 934-8011,; Mr. James Henderson, Press Relations, Tel.: +44 (0)
20 7743 6673,; Mr. Alisdair Haythornthwaite,
Press Relations, Tel.: +44 (0) 20 7743 6676,

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