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Celtic Provides Update on Investment Canada Review With Respect to Proposed Acquisition by ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.

Celtic Provides Update on Investment Canada Review With Respect to Proposed 
Acquisition by ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- Celtic Exploration
Ltd. ("Celtic") (TSX:CLT) has been advised by ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
("ExxonMobil Canada") of the status of the review by the Minister of
Industry (the "Minister") under the Investment Canada Act (the "ICA")
of the proposed arrangement whereunder Celtic is to be acquired by a
subsidiary of ExxonMobil Canada (the "Arrangement").  
The review period under the ICA has been extended until February 20,
2013 to allow time for the Minister to complete his review of the
acquisition. It is anticipated that the Minister will complete his
review, and if the acquisition is approved, this allows sufficient
time for the completion of the Arrangement prior to the February 28,
2013 "Outside Date" provided for in the Arrangement. The completion
of the Arrangement remains subject to the receipt of a notice from
the Minister under the ICA that the acquisition is likely to be of
"net benefit" to Canada (the "ICA Approval") and the satisfaction or
waiver of the other conditions specified in the Arrangement Agreement
dated October 16, 2012 (the "Arrangement Agreement") between Celtic,
ExxonMobil Canada, ExxonMobil Celtic ULC and Kelt Exploration Ltd. No
further regulatory approvals are required.  
About Celtic  
Celtic is a Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based oil and gas company
focused on exploration, development and production of crude oil and
natural gas resources primarily in west central Alberta. Celtic holds
large acreage positions in the Montney and Duvernay resource gas
plays. Throughout its history, Celtic has a proven track record of
growing reserves, production and the underlying value of the company
for its shareholders. The common shares of Celtic are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CLT. 
Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements and Information  
This press release contains forward-looking statements and
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable
securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate",
"continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will",
"project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar
expressions a
re intended to identify forward-looking statements or
information. In particular, this press release contains
forward-looking statements and information concerning the ICA
Approval and the review of the acquisition by the Minister; the
ability of the parties to satisfy the other conditions to, and to
complete, the Arrangement; and the anticipated timing of completion
of the Arrangement.  
In respect of such forward-looking statements and information, Celtic
has provided such statements and information in reliance on certain
assumptions, including assumptions as to the ability of the parties
to obtain, in a timely manner and on satisfactory terms, the ICA
Approval and the ability of the parties to satisfy, in a timely
manner, the other conditions specified in the Arrangement Agreement.
Although Celtic believes that the assumptions on which such
forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable,
undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements
and information because there can be no assurance that they will
prove to be correct.  
Since forward-looking statements and information address future
events and uncertainties, by their very nature they involve inherent
risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from
those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks.
These factors and risks include, but are not limited to, the risk
that the parties may not obtain the ICA Approval in a timely manner
or at all; the risk that the other conditions to the completion of
the Arrangement set forth in the Arrangement Agreement may not be
satisfied or waived in a timely manner or at all; and the risk that
the Arrangement may not close when planned or at all on the terms and
conditions set forth in the Arrangement Agreement.  
Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not
exhaustive. Additional factors that could affect Celtic are included
in the documents filed by Celtic with the applicable securities
regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website
at www.sedar.com.  
Celtic's actual results, performance or achievement could differ
materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these
forward-looking statements and information and, accordingly, no
assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the
forward-looking statements and information contained in this press
release will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what
benefits may be derived therefrom. The forward-looking statements and
information contained in this press release are made as of the date
hereof and Celtic undertakes no obligation to update publicly or
revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a
result of new information, future events, or results or otherwise,
other than as required by applicable securities laws.
Contacts:
Celtic Exploration Ltd.
David J. Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officer
403-201-5340 
Celtic Exploration Ltd.
Sadiq H. Lalani
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
403-215-5310 
Celtic Exploration Ltd.
Suite 600, 321 - 6th Avenue SW,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3H3
www.celticex.com