Noble Energy Announces Results From Adriana Southwest Exploration Test on Block 'O' in Equatorial Guinea

    HOUSTON, April 24 /CNW/ -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:   NBL) today announced
that its 'O-2' exploration well (the Adriana Southwest prospect) on Block 'O'
offshore Equatorial Guinea did not contain commercial hydrocarbons.  The well,
located in 1,500 feet of water and approximately 13 miles offshore Bioko
Island, was drilled to a total depth of 12,638 feet.  The well did encounter
thicker than expected sands in the target Miocene interval. The well will be
plugged and abandoned.
    Adriana Southwest is the first of six to eight wells the company plans to
drill in West Africa through 2008.  The Songa Saturn drill ship will be
mobilizing to the second location, the Benita prospect on Block 'I'.  Benita
is located 24 miles offshore Bioko Island in 2,880 feet of water.  The well is
expected to spud in late April 2007 and will drill to a total depth of 11,150
    Alan Bullington, Senior Vice President of International, said, "We remain
optimistic about the resource potential on our acreage in West Africa.  The
Adriana Southwest prospect had the weakest amplitude versus offset (AVO)
response of the Miocene prospects on our current drilling schedule.  This was
important to understand due to the potential of it being indicative of crude
oil or natural gas with higher condensate yields.  While Adriana Southwest was
unsuccessful, we have now gained a great deal of insight into the geology and
seismic responses in this lightly explored area.  We now have two control
points to calibrate the seismic responses as we move ahead with our West
Africa drilling program as planned."
    Noble Energy is the Technical Operator of Blocks 'O' and 'I' with 45
percent and 40 percent participating interests, respectively.  Its partners on
Block 'O' include GEPetrol (the national oil company of the Republic of
Equatorial Guinea) as Administrative Operator with a 30 percent participating
interest (10 percent carried) and Glencore Exploration Ltd. with a 25 percent
participating interest.  Its partners on Block 'I' are Atlas Petroleum
International Ltd. (54 percent working interest) who is the Administrative
Operator, and Osborne Resources Limited (six percent participating interest).
GEPetrol has a five percent carried interest once commerciality has been

    Noble Energy is one of the nation's leading independent energy companies
and operates throughout major basins in the United States including Colorado's
Wattenberg Field, the Mid-continent region of western Oklahoma and the Texas
Panhandle, the San Juan Basin in New Mexico, the Gulf Coast and the deepwater
Gulf of Mexico.  In addition, Noble Energy operates internationally in
Argentina, China, Ecuador, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, West Africa
and Suriname.  Noble Energy markets natural gas and crude oil through its
subsidiary, Noble Energy Marketing, Inc. Visit Noble Energy online at .

    This news release may include projections and other "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Any such
projections or statements reflect Noble Energy's current views about future
events and financial performance. No assurances can be given that such events
or performance will occur as projected, and actual results may differ
materially from those projected.  Important factors that could cause the
actual results to differ materially from those projected include, without
limitation, the volatility in commodity prices for oil and gas, the presence
or recoverability of estimated reserves, the ability to replace reserves,
environmental risks, drilling and operating risks, exploration and development
risks, competition, government regulation or other action, the ability of
management to execute its plans to meet its goals and other risks inherent in
Noble Energy's business that are detailed in its Securities and Exchange
Commission filings.

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