Vancouver, British Columbia, November 1st, 2016.
Newport Exploration Ltd ("Newport" or "the Company") is pleased to provide a further update on activities on ex PEL 91 in the Cooper Basin, Australia that is subject to the Company's 2.5% gross overriding royalty. This information was reported by Beach Energy Ltd ("Beach") in a news release dated October 31st, 2016, and reference should be made to Beach's news release and their website for their interpretation of results and plans to bring the September-1 well into production.
Beach have reported a Western Flank oil discovery within the Poolowanna Formation in ex PEL 91 from the September-1 well that targeted oil in a structural closure within the Namur Sandstone. Beach tested the McKinlay Member, the Birkhead Formation and the Poolowanna Formation as secondary targets.
As reported by Beach, the September-1 well intersected an eight metre gross interval with oil shows within the Poolowanna Formation. A drill stem test was undertaken over the interval 1,927.8 metres to 1,936.0 metres and recovered 15.2 barrels of approximately 42 degree API oil from the drill string over a 1.5 hour flow period. The flow rate was calculated by Beach to be 210 barrels of oil per day. Review of results is currently underway and further production testing is planned to confirm the resource size. This discovery validates the Poolowanna Formation as an additional exploration target within the ex PEL 91 permit area and further mapping of the Poolowanna oil play will be undertaken with appraisal and near field exploration.
Beach has achieved two oil discoveries from the first two exploration wells of its FY2017 operated drilling campaign on ex PEL 91. The discovery of oil in the Birkhead Formation at Kangaroo-1 (as reported in a news release by the Company on October 27th, 2016) and in the Poolowanna Formation at September-1, has proven the additional play potential within ex PEL 91.
The Company is unable to report on the potential productivity for each well and the Company continues to strongly encourage shareholders and potential investors to access information released independently by Beach and Santos Ltd in order to keep current during the exploration and development of all the licenses subject to the Company's gross overriding royalty.
For further information contact:
Ian Rozier, Director and Chief Executive Officer
+1 604 685 6851
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