Vancouver, British Columbia, September 6th, 2017.
Newport Exploration Ltd ("Newport" or "the Company") is able to provide an update on exploration activities on ex PEL 91 in the Cooper Basin, Australia on which the Company has a 2.5% gross overriding royalty. This information was reported by Beach Energy Ltd ("Beach") in a news release dated September 6th, 2017, and reference should be made to Beach's news release and their website for their interpretation of results and plans to bring wells into production.
Beach report it commenced its FY 2018 operated Birkhead oil exploration and appraisal campaign. The Birkhead Formation is a proven oil reservoir in Western Flank fields, however has not been subjected to playwide, focused exploration and appraisal. The FY 2018 program aims to establish commerciality and size of existing discoveries, appraise field extensions, discover new accumulations and design cost effective development programs.
The first of up to three vertical exploration wells, Donington-1, was drilled to appraise a potential southern extension of the Kangaroo-1 discovery. The well intersected oil shows in the Birkhead Formation, however reservoir quality was insufficient for commerciality. The well was subsequently side-tracked to target seismic attributes further north. Similar reservoir quality was encountered and the well was plugged and abandoned. Results will be integrated with existing well control and production data to determine locations for up to three geo-steered horizontal appraisal wells in the second half of FY 2018.
The second vertical well of the campaign, Goldsmith-1, is being drilled to test a potential northern extension of the Kangaroo-1 discovery. At month-end, Goldsmith-1 was drilling ahead at 1,435 metres.
The Company continues to strongly encourage shareholders and potential investors to access information released independently by Beach and Santos Ltd to keep current during exploration, development and production of all the licences 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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