Vancouver, British Columbia, December 3, 2014. Newport Exploration Ltd
("Newport" or "the Company") is pleased to provide a further update on developments on PEL 91 and PEL 106 in the Cooper Basin, Australia both of which are subject to the Company's 2.5% gross overriding royalty.
Following the successful Bauer -19 development well (as reported in Company News Release dated November 25, 2014) the Operator, Beach Energy Ltd ("Beach"), reported that three more wells are planned to be drilled at Bauer in the next 30 days.
Beach also reports that with the discoveries at Stunsail-1, Balgowan-1 and Burrows-1 wells, the Namur play fairway has been extended to the northeast on PEL 91, and that planning is underway to further appraise the Bauer, Chiton, Stunsail and Pennington fields with new focus on untapped potential in the mid-Namur, Birkhead, Poolawana and Patchawarra formations.
Beach reported that new pipelines from CKS (Congony-Kalladeina-Sceale), Stunsail and Pennington facilities will feed into a new hub to be a gateway for transportation of oil through a single pipeline to Bauer, with the Balgowan field expected to tie-in to the Stunsail facility and be on-line in April 2015. Planning is also underway for a Pennington facility which Beach expects to be on-line in June 2015.
As previously reported by the Company, the current 3D seismic program on PEL 91 is expected to generate additional targets, focussing on acreage to the north of Bauer; recording is 90% complete with processing and interpretation of data expected to take six months.
The Canunda-2 appraisal well has been cased and suspended as a future producer of gas and condensate and the Maupertuis-1 well is currently being drilled with two further exploration wells, Antechamber-1 and Danville-1, planned for 2015.
The Company continues to strongly encourage shareholders and potential investors to access information released independently by Beach and Drillsearch Energy Ltd.
Newport currently has 79,139,874 million shares issued and outstanding with approximately CAD $20,083,073 in the treasury following the receipt of the most recent royalty payment of AUD $2,160,219.
Ian Rozier, Director and Chief Executive Officer
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