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Talisman Energy In Asia

Monday, May 31st, 2010
Southeast AsiaThe company spent $42 million on development activities in Southeast Asia during the quarter. Talisman continued to set new production records in the region, with an average of 118,000 boe/d during the quarter, 17% higher than the first quarter of 2009 and 5% above the previous quarter.

In Malaysia, production averaged 35,000 boe/d, an increase of 9% over the previous period and 31% higher than the first quarter of 2009 when PM-3 CAA was shutdown to commission the Northern Fields oil development.

During the quarter, drilling continued on the Southern Fields improved oil recovery program. Seven of 11 planned wells have been drilled to date with the two most recent wells producing 2,500 bbls/d. Three development wells were also drilled and completed in the Northern Fields, with two wells on production.

In Indonesia, production averaged 76,200 boe/d, an increase of 21% over a year ago and 8% higher than the previous quarter. Sales from Corridor were up 16% with increased contract takes. Talisman's share of production from the Tangguh LNG facility averaged approximately 3,000 boe/d, with Trains 1 and 2 running at around 75% capacity.

Talisman acquired a 25% interest in the Jambi Merang Joint Operating Body (JOB) property in January. Plans are to drill three new wells and complete five existing wells by year end, with first production expected in mid-2011.

In Vietnam, production averaged 2,800 boe/d. A three-well infill program has been sanctioned for Song Doc, with drilling expected to start in the third quarter. On Block 15-2/01, the company is reviewing development options for the HST field and the HSD discovery.

In Australia, production averaged 4,200 boe/d. Regulatory approval of the Kitan field development was received in late April and first production is expected in the second half of 2011.

International Exploration

International exploration spending during the first quarter was $123 million. The capital program was largely directed at exploration and appraisal drilling in the North Sea, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. A number of seismic acquisitions were also ongoing during the quarter.

In Colombia, the company drilled a well in the El Eden Block of the Colombian Foreland Trend. The company also completed a farm-down of its interests in Block CPO-9 during the quarter.

In Peru, the testing of the Lower Vivian reservoir in the Situche Central 3X well in Block 64 was completed during the quarter. The well flowed at 5,200 bbls of oil per day of 37 degree API crude. The rig will now move to Block 101 to drill the Runtasapa exploration well.

In Malaysia, the Sliver-2 appraisal well was drilled during the quarter, confirming the extent of the pool. A one-year license extension has been granted and commercialization options are being evaluated.

In Norway, the company has recently spudded an appraisal to the 2009 Grevling discovery. In the UK, the company is drilling the TP2 well in the Tweedsmuir area.

In the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, the Kurdamir-1 well, where significant amounts of gas condensate have been discovered, encountered high-formation pressures in a deeper section of the well. A sidetrack has commenced to evaluate oil and gas shows in the deeper Tertiary and Cretaceous section.

In February, Talisman entered into a farm-in agreement to acquire a 60% interest in two Baltic shale gas concessions in Poland. Subsequent to quarter end, Talisman was awarded a third concession that was pending governmental approval. This is Talisman's first international shale play and allows the company to leverage its North American shale gas expertise in a highly prospective area. In 2010, Talisman expects to complete a seismic acquisition to prepare for a drilling program of up to six wells in 2011 and 2012.

Talisman Energy Inc. is a global, diversified, upstream oil and gas company, headquartered in Canada. Talisman's three main operating areas are North America, the North Sea and Southeast Asia. The company also has a portfolio of international exploration opportunities. Talisman is committed to conducting business safely, in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability (North America) Index. Talisman is listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges under the symbol TLM. Please visit our website at www.talisman-energy.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains information that constitutes “forward-looking information” or “forward-looking statements” (collectively “forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. This forward-looking information includes, among others, statements regarding:

- business strategy, plans and priorities;

- expected onstream dates of North Sea developments;

- expected timing of closing of non-core asset sales;

- expected exit volumes in the Marcellus Shale play;

- planned drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale play;

- expected first oil and completion of drilling operations in the Yme Field and schedule regarding the Yme platform;

- expected first oil from Auk North, Auk South and Burghley;

- planned drilling and expected first production from Jambi Merang;

- planned drilling in the Song Doc field; and

- expected completion of seismic acquisition; and

- planned drilling in Poland.

The following material assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the forecasts and projections contained in the forward-looking information contained in this news release. Talisman has set its 2010 capital expenditure plans assuming: (1) Talisman's production in 2010 will be approximately 400,000 boe/d, assuming that most of the North American asset sales close by mid-year; (2) a US$60/bbl WTI oil price, and (3) a US$3.50/mmbtu NYMEX natural gas price. Information regarding business plans generally assumes that the extraction of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids remains economic.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks, which could cause actual results to vary and in some instances to differ materially from those anticipated by

Talisman and described in the forward-looking information contained in this news release. The material risk factors include, but are not limited to:

- the risks of the oil and gas industry, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas, market demand and unpredictable facilities outages;

- risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits;

- uncertainty related to securing sufficient egress and markets to meet shale gas production;

- the uncertainty of reserves and resources estimates, reserves life and underlying reservoir risk;

- the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses;

- the impact of the economy on the ability of the counterparties to the company's commodity price derivative contracts to meet their obligations under the contracts;

- potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures;

- fluctuations in oil and gas prices, foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates;

- the outcome and effects of any future acquisitions and dispositions;

- health, safety and environmental risks;

- uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing and changes in capital markets;

- risks in conducting foreign operations (for example, political and fiscal instability or the possibility of civil unrest or military action);

- changes in general economic and business conditions;

- the possibility that government policies or laws may change or governmental approvals may be delayed or withheld; and

- results of the company's risk mitigation strategies, including insurance and any hedging activities.

The foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors, which could affect the company's operations or financial results are included in the company's most recent Annual Information Form. In addition, information is available in the company's other reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking information is based on the estimates and opinions of the company's management at the time the information is presented. The company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change, except as required by law.

The completion of any contemplated disposition is contingent on various factors including favorable market conditions, the ability of the company to negotiate acceptable terms of sale and receipt of any required approvals for such disposition.

Oil and Gas Information

Throughout this news release, Talisman makes reference to production volumes. Such production volumes are stated on a gross basis, which means they are stated prior to the deduction of royalties and similar payments. In the US, net production volumes are reported after the deduction of these amounts.

Barrels of oil equivalent (boe) throughout this news release is calculated at a conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet (mcf) of natural gas for one barrel of oil and is based on an energy equivalence conversion method. Boes may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 mcf:1 bbl is based on an energy equivalence conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Talisman also discloses its company netbacks in this news release. Netbacks per boe are calculated by deducting from sales price associated royalties, operating and transportation costs.

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MISC buys stake in VTTI for RM2.36bil

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

 

Move in line with shipping firm's strategy to grow tank terminal business

PETALING JAYA: MISC Bhd has proposed to buy a 50% stake in global tank terminal firm VTTI BV for US$735mil (RM2.36bil) in a move that will give the home-grown shipping giant immediate access to strategically located assets at the “crossroads of major products and energy shipping lanes of the world,” the company said.

“The acquisition of 50% interest in VTTI is a key element in developing the company's global tank terminal business, in line with MISC's strategy to expand its service offerings across the value chain,” president and chief executive officer Amir Hamzah Azizan said in the statement yesterday.

VTTI owns and operates a network of petroleum product terminals in 11 countries with a gross combined capacity of nearly six million cu m.

This gross combined capacity is set to expand to nearly seven million cu m by 2013.

Its major terminals are located in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates and Port Canaveral in the US.

An aerial view of VTTI's tank terminal assets

VTTI is a wholly-owned unit of Netherland-based Vitol Group, one of the largest independent energy trading companies in the world.

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ong>MISC said the tank terminal business was an “attractive investment that will provide stable returns”.

The company's participation in the business would give it the edge over traditional shipping competitors through marketing opportunities and cross selling in both business segments.

“Upon completion of this sale and purchase transaction, MISC and Vitol will enter into a shareholder agreement to reflect the long-term relationship and strategic cooperation between MISC and Vitol in relation to their interest in VTTI,” the statement said.

MISC owns and operates more than 100 vessels, and is the leading energy transporter in the world in the liquefied natural gas, petroleum and chemical industry.

MISC and Vitol first entered into a partnership last year when the two companies started a joint venture to build and operate an oil blending terminal in Tanjung Bin, Johor. The 841,000 cu m oil blending terminal was scheduled to commence operation in 2012.

With the acquisition of the 50% stake in VTTI, the joint venture deal will be terminated and MISC's shares in the Tanjung Bin joint venture called Asia Tank Terminal Ltd will be sold to VTTI Tanjung Bin SA at cost.

The sale and purchase

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agreement to acquire the 50% stake in VTTI was signed yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.

MISC was represented by Amir Hamzah, while Vitol was represented by its president and CEO Ian Taylor.

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