Vermilion Energy Trust Announces Notice of Verenex Energys Strategic Review

Vermilion Energy Trust Announces Notice of Verenex Energys Strategic Review

Vermilion Energy Trust wishes to inform unitholders that the board of directors of Verenex Energy Inc. (“Verenex” or the “Company”) has initiated a process to identify, examine and consider a range of strategic alternatives available to Verenex to maximize shareholder value.

Background – Vermilion holds approximately 18.8 million shares of Verenex, representing approximately 42.4% of Verenex’s outstanding shares. Vermilion was instrumental in the formation of Verenex in 2004 with the idea to create value for unitholders without exposing the Trust to significant risk.

Verenex has been a very successful explorer in Libya, and has established a substantial resource base in Area 47 as confirmed by an assessment prepared by DeGolyer and MacNaughton and disclosed on August 5, 2008. The Company’s exploration and appraisal drilling program is proceeding with two drilling rigs and tenders are under review for a third drilling rig.

Work is progressing on a commerciality application for an initial development phase to be submitted to the Area 47 Management Committee and the Libyan National Oil Corporation (“NOC”) by the end of the third quarter of 2008. Preliminary discussions are also underway with a number of banks concerning project financing for such a development.

Verenex’s board of directors has therefore determined that it is an appropriate time to assess the range of strategic options available to Verenex to maximize shareholder value and has established an independent committee to supervise this process. Standard Chartered Bank and FirstEnergy Capital Corp. have been engaged as Verenex’s financial advisors. The NOC has been briefed by the Company on this process.

Process – No decision on any particular alternative has been reached at this time and there can be no assurance that the process will result in any change in Verenex’s current plan to aggressively explore and develop Area 47 in Libya or that the Company will pursue any particular transaction. Verenex does not intend to make any further announcement regarding the process unless and until its board of directors has approved a specific transaction or other course of action or otherwise deems disclosure of developments is appropriate.

Vermilion Energy Trust adheres to a value creation strategy through the execution of asset optimization programs and strategic acquisitions. Vermilion focuses on the development and optimization of mature producing properties in Western Canada, Western Europe and Australia. Vermilion also exposes its unitholders to significant upside opportunities through a combination of equity sponsorship in new ventures and managed participation in high impact projects. Management and directors of the Trust hold approximately 10% of the outstanding units and are dedicated to consistently delivering superior rewards for all its stakeholders. Vermilion Energy Trust trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VET.UN

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