PETROLYMPIC COMMENTS ON NEW PROVISIONS SUPPORTING THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY ANNOUNCED BY THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT DURING THE SPEECH OF THE BUDGET
The Quebec Finance Minister, M. Carlos Leitao, has confirmed during the Quebec budget speech the creation of an investment fund in the amount of $1.25-billion for the development of the hydrocarbon and mining sectors in the province of Quebec.
This new fund will be managed by Ressources Quebec, a division of Investissement Quebec. Of the $1.25 billion, $500 million will be reserved for the development of the Northern Plan and $750 million will be made available to support the development of the hydrocarbon and mining sectors in southern Quebec. The Minister also announced the creation of a vast program to switch from the use of heavy oil to cleaner natural gas and he also said the Province intends to develop the use of LNG on large scale.
The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, M. Pierre Arcand, further stated that exploration for hydrocarbons in the province of Quebec is economically and environmentally sensible and must be encouraged considering that the province imports more than $14 billion worth of oil and gas every year.
Mendel Ekstein, president of Petrolympic Ltd., commented: "We are really pleased and believe those announcements show the real will of the Quebec government to develop a strong and sustainable industry in the province and we are convinced we can be part of it with our conventional plays."
As stated in a previous press release dated April 11, 2014 and April 14, 2014 the discovery by Petrolympic and its partner Squatex Energy and Resources Inc. of a conventional natural gas reservoir on Squatex' property in the Lower St. Lawrence, is encouraging and confirms the hydrocarbon potential of the area.
Petrolympic and its partner are now designing a drill program to delineate the three hydrocarbon-bearing zones identified in the Masse No.1 core hole and are preparing an exploration program to further document and validate other prospective structures identified within the Property based on the same proprietary seismic dataset, in a climate favorable to the hydrocarbon exploration in Quebec.
Petrolympic also owns a 100% interest in two exploration permits in the same area, referred to as the Matapedia and the Mitis properties. Several conventional plays and exploration leads have been identified in these permits.
About Squatex Energy and Resources Inc.
Squatex Energy and Resources Inc. ("Squatex") is an oil and gas exploration company created on April 12, 2002 under the Canada Business Corporation Act having its main office located at 7055, Boul. Taschereau, suite 500, Brossard (Quebec) J4Z 1A7. Squatex is a reporting issuer only in the province of Quebec. Its shares are not traded on any formally organized stock exchange market. The main objective of Squatex is, as the operator, to carry out exploration work in order to evaluate the oil and gas potential of a territory under leases covering 656,093 hectares. Squatex owns in the St. Lawrence Lowlands a 70% interest over 217,370 hectares under a joint venture agreement with Petrolympic and a 28% interest over 8,000 hectares that were farmed out to Canbriam Energy Inc. Squatex also owns a 70% interest over 431,339 hectares in the Lower St. Lawrence under its joint operation agreement with Petrolympic.
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