Bow Valley Energy Ltd. announces oil discovery in the UK North Sea

    CALGARY, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Bow Valley Energy Ltd. (TSX - BVX) announces
that its wholly owned subsidiary, Bow Valley Petroleum (UK) Limited, has made
an oil discovery in the UK North Sea at Blackbird located on Block 20/2a, six
kilometres south of our Ettrick field development. The well encountered 111
feet of net pay in multiple zones. The well was drill-stem tested and flowed
at an average restricted rate of 3,800 bopd through a 34/64 inch choke.
Analysis indicates light crude oil in good quality reservoir sands. The well
has been suspended for use as a potential production well.
    The close proximity of the Blackbird discovery to the Ettrick Field
combined with the common ownership between the two fields provides for a quick
and cost effective development option to sub-sea tie back the Blackbird
discovery to the floating production, storage and offloading vessel at
    Bow Valley owns a 12% interest in the Blackbird well with Nexen, as
operator, with a 79.73% working interest and co-venturer Atlantic Petroleum at
    R.G. Moffat, president and CEO of Bow Valley stated "The Company is
successfully building a full cycle exploration and production company of
significant size in the UK North Sea. Three producing fields at Kyle, Enoch
and Blane combined with two pre-production fields at Chestnut and Ettrick, a
pre-sanction field at Peik and now a new pool discovery at Blackbird is
creating a balanced portfolio that should provide continued shareholder value
growth. The exploration success also highlights the remaining potential in UK
North Sea and Bow Valley's ability to identify and capture value. Bow Valley's
continued exploration activity over the next six months includes participation
in four exploration wells and one field appraisal well on new prospects."
    Bow Valley Energy Ltd. is an international oil and natural gas
exploration, development and production company with operations in the U.K.
sector of the North Sea and Alaska. The common shares of the Company trade on
the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BVX.

    Certain statements included or incorporated by reference in this news
release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information
under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements or
information are provided for the purpose of providing information about
management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers
are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for
other purposes, such as making investment decisions. Forward-looking
statements or information typically contain statements with words such as
"anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose",
"project" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding
an outlook. Forward-looking statements or information in this news release
include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to:
business strategy and objectives; development plans; exploration plans;
acquisition and disposition plans and the timing thereof; reserve quantities
and the discounted present value of future net cash flows from such reserves;
future production levels; capital expenditures; net revenue; operating and
other costs; royalty rates and taxes.
    Forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of
factors and assumptions that have been used to develop such statements and
information but which may prove to be incorrect. Although the Company believes
that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or
information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on
forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that such
expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and
assumptions which may be identified in this news release, assumptions have
been made regarding, among other things: the impact of increasing competition;
the general stability of the economic and political environment in which the
Company operates; the timely receipt of any required regulatory approvals; the
ability of the Company to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a
timely and cost-efficient manner; the ability of the operator of the projects
which the Company has an interest in to operate the field in a safe, efficient
and effective manner; the ability of the Company to obtain financing on
acceptable terms; field production rates and decline rates; the ability to
replace and expand oil and natural gas reserves through acquisition,
development or exploration; the timing and costs of pipeline, storage and
facility construction and expansion and the ability of the Company to secure
adequate product transportation; future oil and natural gas prices; currency,
exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding royalties,
taxes and environmental matters in the countries in which the Company
operates; and the ability of the Company to successfully market its oil and
natural gas products. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not
exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used.
    Forward-looking statements or information are based on current
expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and
uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those
anticipated by the Company and described in the forward-looking statements or
information. These risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to
differ materially from the forward-looking statements or information include,
among other things: the ability of management to execute its business plan;
general economic and business conditions; the risk of war or instability
affecting countries in which the Company operates; the risks of the oil and
natural gas industry, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing
and producing crude oil and natural gas; market demand; the possibility that
government policies or laws may change or governmental approvals may be
delayed or withheld; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and
natural gas deposits; the uncertainty of reserves estimates and reserves life;
the ability of the Company to add production and reserves through acquisition,
development and exploration activities; the Company's ability to enter into or
renew leases; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration
or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of estimates
and projections relating to production (including decline rates), costs and
expenses; fluctuations in oil and natural gas prices, foreign currency,
exchange, and interest rates; risks inherent in the Company's marketing
operations, including credit risk; uncertainty in amounts and timing of
royalty payments; health, safety and environmental risks; risks associated
with existing and potential future law suits and regulatory actions against
the Company; uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing; and
financial risks affecting the value of the Company's investments. Readers are
cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all possible risks and
uncertainties. Additional risk factors affecting the Company and its business
are contained in the Company's Annual Information Form filed on SEDAR at
    The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news
release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no
obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or
information, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise unless required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking
statements or information contained in this news release are expressly
qualified by this cautionary statement.

    Where amounts are expressed on a barrel of oil equivalent (boe) basis,
natural gas volumes have been converted to barrels of oil equivalent at six
thousand cubic feet to one barrel of oil equivalent (6 mcf = 1 boe). This
conversion ratio is the conversion used in the oil and natural gas industry
and 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 use of boe's may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.

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For further information:

For further information: Bow Valley Energy Ltd., Robert G. Moffat,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Phone (403) 232-0292, website:

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