Drilling of first well in Lagansky Block to begin in the second quarter of 2008

Gazprom and Lundin Petroleum AB will begin drilling of the Morskaya #1 well of the Lagansky Block in the 2nd quarter due to the winter period start up in the northern Caspian.

The parties plan to drill at least one more well in 2008.


Lundin Petroleum AB is an independent Swedish oil and gas company. The company operates in Europe, Africa and Asia. The company participates in five oil and gas projects in Russia.

The Lagansky Block is located in the northern part of the Caspian Sea offshore area. The Morskaya, Laganskaya and Petrovskaya perspective zones are located in the territory of the block. The Rakushechnoye, Severo Rakushechnoye, Filansky and Korchagin fields are located near the Lagansky block. The potential reserves of the block exceed 800 mln barrels of the oil equivalent.

In July 2007 Gazprom and Lundin Petroleum AB signed a call option to purchase a 50 per cent stake plus one share of the company, which owns the license for the Lagansky block development.

Information Directorate, OAO Gazprom

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