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Dec 11, 2002 - 09:15 ET Atrim Announces Commencement of Operations in Tunisia

CALGARY, ALBERTA--ANTRIM ENERGY INC. (TSX:AEN) ("Antrim") is 
pleased to announce the rig contracted to deepen Antrim's Chott 
Fejaj #3A well in Tunisia has been released from its current 
contract and is expected to start drilling on the Antrim location 
in approximately 14 days. 

The Chott Fejaj #3A well (Antrim 34.286% working interest) was 
previously drilled, cased and suspended in December 1998 at a 
depth of 3,532 metres. It is being deepened to evaluate the 
primary targets in the Triassic and older reservoirs. The well 
will test a structure located in the Melrhir Basin, part of the 
same geological province which contains the "giant" oil and gas 
accumulations (reservoirs containing more than 500 million 
barrels of oil or 3 Tcf of gas) in southern Tunisia, Algeria and 
Libya. 

The Chott Fejaj #3A drilling location is situated approximately 
12 kilometres from the gas and oil pipelines which carry gas to 
Europe, and oil from fields in southern Tunisia to ports on the 
Mediterranean coast.   

The Company has negotiated an option with a third party to farm 
out a portion of Antrim's interest in this prospect and, in this 
regard, has received a $175,000 non-refundable deposit. 

Antrim is committed to enhancing shareholder value through high 
impact global exploration. 

Certain statements contained in this press release may be 
considered as "forward looking". Such "forward looking" 
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could 
cause actual results to differ materially from estimated or 
implied results. 

Updated information about Antrim can be accessed on its website: 
www.antrimenergy.com 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Antrim Energy Inc.
Stephen Greer
(403) 264 5111
(403) 264 5113 (FAX)
Email: greer@antrimenergy.com

or

Antrim Energy Inc.
Keith Skipper
(403) 264 5111
(403) 264 5113 (FAX)
Email: skipper@antrimenergy.com
Website: www.antrimenergy.com