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Thursday 08 December, 2005

Talisman Energy Inc.

Compulsory Acqn of Shares

Talisman Energy Inc.
08 December 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8 December 2005

   Not for release, publication or distribution in or into the United States,
                           Canada, Australia or Japan



                             Recommended cash offer

                         by Goldman Sachs International

                                  on behalf of

                       Talisman Energy Resources Limited

                          a wholly-owned subsidiary of

                              Talisman Energy Inc.

                                      for

                             Paladin Resources plc



                   POSTING OF COMPULSORY ACQUISITION NOTICES

Yesterday, Talisman Resources posted compulsory acquisition notices pursuant to
Section 429(4) of the Companies Act to Paladin Shareholders who have not
accepted the Offer made on 28 October 2005 for the whole of the issued and to be
issued share capital of Paladin.  The transfer of Paladin Shares pursuant to the
compulsory acquisition procedure will take place on 18 January 2006.

Terms defined in the offer document which was posted to Paladin Shareholders on
28 October 2005 shall have the same meaning in this announcement.



ENQUIRIES

For further information contact:

Talisman

Jackie Sheppard                                     +1 403 237 1183
David Mann                                          +1 403 237 1196
Chris LeGallais                                     +1 403 237 1957
Jacquelynn Craw                                     +44 (0)1224 353365

Goldman Sachs

Julian Metherell                                    +44 (0)20 7774 1000
Nigel Robinson                                      +44 (0)20 7774 1000


Goldman Sachs International, which is authorised and regulated in the United
Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting as financial adviser and
corporate broker to Talisman and Talisman Resources in connection with the Offer
and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Talisman and
Talisman Resources for providing the protections afforded to customers of
Goldman Sachs International or for providing advice in relation to the Offer.

This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, any offer, or any
solicitation of any offer, for Paladin Shares.  Any acceptance or other response
to the Offer should be made only on the basis of information referred to in the
Offer Document.

The availability of the Offer to persons who are not resident in the United
Kingdom may be affected by the laws of their relevant jurisdiction.  Such
persons should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or
regulatory requirements of their jurisdiction.  Further details in relation to
overseas shareholders are contained in the Offer Document.

Unless otherwise determined by Talisman Resources, the Offer is not being made,
directly or indirectly, in or into or by use of the mails of, or by any means of
instrumentality (including, without limitation, telephonically or
electronically) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or through any facilities
of a national securities exchange of, the United States, Canada, Australia or
Japan or any other jurisdiction if to do so would constitute a violation of the
relevant laws of such jurisdiction, and the Offer should not be accepted by any
such use, means, instrumentality or facilities or from or within the United
States, Canada, Australia or Japan or any such other jurisdiction.  Accordingly,
copies of this announcement are not being, and must not be mailed or otherwise
forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from the United States, Canada,
Australia or Japan and persons receiving this announcement (including, without
limitation, nominees, trustees and custodians) must not mail or otherwise
forward, distribute or send it in, into or from the United States, Canada,
Australia or Japan.  Doing so may render invalid any purported acceptance of the
Offer.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Talisman Resources retains the right to
permit the Offer to be accepted and any sale of securities pursuant to the Offer
to be completed if, in its sole discretion, it is satisfied that the transaction
in question can be undertaken in compliance with applicable law and regulation.


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