EastCoast Energy Corporation provides update on development drilling programme

    TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, April 2 /CNW/ - EastCoast Energy
Corporation ("EastCoast Energy" or the "Company") announces that it has signed
a rig contract with Caroil SA to drill a sixth development well, SS-10, on the
Songo Songo field.
    The Caroil 6 land rig is currently being mobilised to Songo Songo Island.
The new well will deviate one kilometer offshore and will be drilled to a
depth of approximately 6,400 feet. Drilling is expected to be completed by mid
June at a total cost of approximately US$11 million.
    Earlier, in January 2007, EastCoast successfully performed remedial work
on offshore well SS-9. The Company removed equipment that was left downhole in
1997. As a result, the well's flow rate has increased from 20 mmscf/d to
50 mmscf/d.
    The increased deliverability from Songo Songo is required to meet the
increasing consumption of 'Additional Gas' by both the power and industrial
sectors in the Dar es Salaam area, whilst also ensuring there is sufficient
deliverability in the event of the loss of production from any one of the six

    EastCoast Energy Corporation is a TSXV listed company focused on the
exploration and production of Tanzanian natural gas and the sale of
"Additional Gas" to markets in East Africa. The Company trades on the TSXV
under the trading symbols ECE.B and ECE. A. The company is headquartered in
Tortola, British Virgin Islands and maintains its operations offices in Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania.

    Forward Looking Statements

    This disclosure contains certain forward-looking estimates that involve
substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are
beyond EastCoast's control, including the impact of general economic
conditions in the areas in which EastCoast operates, civil unrest, industry
conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new
environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and
enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified
personnel or management, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or
interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of
regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties
associated with oil and gas operations, therefore EastCoast's actual results,
performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or
implied by, these forward-looking estimates and, accordingly, no assurances
can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking
estimates will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits,
including the amounts of proceeds, that EastCoast will derive therefrom.

For further information:

For further information: Nigel A. Friend, CFO, +255 (0)22 2138737,
nfriend@eastcoast-energy.com; Peter R. Clutterbuck, CEO, +44 (0) 7768 120727,
pclutterbuck@eastcoast-energy.com; or visit the Company's web site at

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