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SONAT EXPLORATION ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT AUSTIN CHALK ACTIVITY

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonat Exploration Company, a subsidiary of Sonat Inc. (NYSE: SNT), announced that it has drilled and completed a very significant Austin Chalk horizontal well in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. The well, Sonat Minerals "A" No. 2, located in North Bayou Jack Field, flowed on initial potential test at a rate of 2,240 barrels of oil and 1,015 Mcf of gas per day. The well was drilled vertically 14,715 feet to the Austin Chalk formation, and drilled horizontally an additional 3,675 feet to a total depth of 18,390 feet. Sonat owns a 50-percent interest in the "A" No. 2 well, and shares a large acreage position in the field with its partner in the well, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
 In addition to its involvement at Bayou Jack, Sonat has continued its active Austin Chalk development in the Brookeland Field in eastern Texas. Sonat has lease holdings of approximately 485,000 gross acres in the eastern Texas/Louisiana Austin Chalk trend. To date, Sonat has participated in drilling a total of thirteen horizontal wells in the eastern Austin Chalk trend, twelve of which have been productive.
 Sonat Exploration is a subsidiary of Sonat Inc. Sonat, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is a worldwide energy company involved in natural gas transmission and marketing, oil and gas exploration and production and offshore drilling.
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 /CONTACT: Kay Kilpatrick of Sonat, 205-325-7204/
 (SNT)


CO: Sonat Exploration Company ST: Louisiana, Alabama IN: OIL SU:

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