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NORCEN ANNOUNCES GULF COAST DRILLING SUCCESSES

 NORCEN ANNOUNCES GULF COAST DRILLING SUCCESSES
 CALGARY, Alberta, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Norcen Explorer Inc.,


a wholly owned subsidiary of Norcen Energy Resources Limited (AMEX: NCN, Toronto, Montreal: NCN), today announced test results from recent drilling successes in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.
 At Burns, in Smith County, Miss., the No. Gladstone-Winstead well flowed at the rate of 548 barrels of 47.5 degree API oil per day from perforations in the lower Cretaceous Rodessa zone, between 10,075 feet and 10,306 feet. Gas to oil ratio was 450:1 and flowing tubing pressure was 165 psi. Norcen Explorer owns a 60 percent working interest in the Burns field which is currently producing an average of 1,500 barrels of oil per day.
 Offshore Louisiana, dual selective completions were made in two wells on Eugene Island Block 162. The No. 1 well was completed from perforations between 16,400 feet and 16,410 feet and flowed 10,900 mcf per day plus 500 barrels of condensate per day. Flowing tubing pressure was 5,720 psi. The No. 2 well flowed from perforations between 17,098 feet and 17,134 feet at the rate of 11,749 mcf per day plus 384 barrels of condensate per day. Norcen Explorer owns a 60 per cent working interest in Block 162. Initial production of 25 million cubic feet of gas per day should begin in August, 1992.
 The company also said that its purchase of the U.S. oil and gas assets of PanCanadian Petroleum will be completed by April 15, 1992. The assets being acquired include reserves of 3.6 million barrels of oil and 34.4 billion cubic feet of gas. The purchase price is U.S. $39.5 million.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Burrows of Norcen Energy Resources Limited, 403-231-0107/
 (NCN.) CO: Norcen Energy Resources Limited ST: Alberta IN: OIL SU:


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