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Dec 23, 2015

FIRST PRODUCTION FROM WET GAS JOINT VENTURE IN COOPER BASIN, AUSTRALIA

Vancouver, British Columbia, December 23rd, 2015. Newport Exploration Ltd ("Newport" or "the Company") is pleased to report the start of production from PEL 632 which is subject to the Company's 2.5% gross overriding royalty. PEL 632 is located in the Cooper Basin, Australia, part of the Western Wet Gas Joint Venture (Drillsearch Energy Limited ("Drillsearch") 40% and Santos Limited ("Santos") 60% and Operator).

As reported by Drillsearch on December 23rd, 2015 production has started from the Cadenza Field in PEL 632. Drillsearch report that the start-up of production at Cadenza represents an important milestone, and that the tie-in of Cadenza is part of an active program of Wet Gas connections currently underway. Production from Cadenza is transported by pipeline to the South Australian Cooper Basin Joint Venture's gathering network at Mica before being sent to the processing facilities at Moomba.

The Company continues to strongly encourage shareholders and potential investors to access information released independently by Santos, Drillsearch and Beach Energy Ltd in order to keep current during the exploration and development of the licenses subject to the Company's 2.5% gross overriding royalty.

For further information contact:

Ian Rozier, Director and Chief Executive Officer
+1 604 685 6851

info@newport-exploration.com
www.newport-exploration.com
www.beachenergy.com.au
www.drillsearch.com
www.santos.com

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Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

This news release, which contains certain forward-looking statements, is intended to provide readers with a reasonable basis for assessing the financial performance of the Company. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words "believe", "should", "could", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "intends", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "may", "will", "schedule" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements pertain to assumptions regarding the price of oil, fluctuations in currency markets (specifically the Australian dollar and the U.S. dollar), the future funding of the Company's projects, and the future development of the Company's projects. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, which considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the risk of fluctuations in the assumed exchange rates of currencies that directly impact the Company, such as the Canadian dollar, Australian dollar and U.S. dollar, the risk of fluctuations in the assumed prices of oil, the risk of changes in government legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States, Australia or other countries in which the Company carries or may carry on business in the future, risks associated with developmental activities, the speculative nature of exploration and development, including the risk of obtaining necessary licences and permits, and assumed quantities or grades of reserves. Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect the Company's actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those acknowledged in such statements.

The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable laws.