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Oryx Petroleum Announces Successful Oil Discovery at Zey Gawra in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

December 4, 2013

Third Consecutive Discovery in Hawler License Area Flows at 4,800
Barrels Per Day

CALGARY, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ – Oryx Petroleum Corporation Limited (“Oryx
Petroleum” or the “Corporation”) today announces the successful
discovery at Zey Gawra in the Hawler license area.. The ZEG-1 well was
flow tested at an average rate of 4,800 barrels per day of light crude
oil from an 81 metre column. A Notice of Discovery has been filed by
the Corporation with the Kurdistan Region Government. Oryx Petroleum is
the operator and has a 65% participating and working interest in the
Hawler license area.

Commenting today, Henry Legarre, Oryx Petroleum’s Chief Operating
Officer, stated:

“Hawler is proving to be a prolific license area. We are very pleased to
have made our third consecutive oil discovery there this year,
achieving excellent flow rates of high quality crude from the
Cretaceous. More work needs to be done to confirm the size of the
discovery but we believe it will be substantially larger than our
pre-drill estimates. Importantly, the reservoir characteristics in the
Cretaceous, notably the matrix porosity, confirm our experience with
the other wells we have drilled in the Hawler license area. We are
already planning our first Zey Gawra appraisal well and we are
confident that the discovery will be established as commercial.”

Testing Program and Results

The KS Discoverer rig spudded the ZEG-1 well in April 2013 targeting the
Zey Gawra prospect, an anticline lying on the Kirkuk field trend that
is the last closure to the northwest of the Khurmala Dome. The ZEG-1
well targeted oil potential in the Cretaceous, Jurassic and the
Triassic. Netherland Sewell & Associates, Inc. estimated as of March
31, 2013 that the Zey Gawra prospect contained 23 MMbbl of unrisked
gross (100%) prospective resources (risked: 9 MMbbl). ZEG-1 reached a
total depth of 4,398 metres in August when the KS Discoverer rig was
moved to spud Banan. The smaller Romfor 22 rig was then brought in to
conduct the testing.

The ZEG-1 well was logged down to the Triassic and there were oil shows
of varying quality in the Cretaceous and the Upper and Lower Jurassic.
As such, four cased hole drill stem tests (“DST”) were conducted
including two in the Lower Jurassic, one in the Upper Jurassic and one
in the Cretaceous.

The DST conducted in the Cretaceous tested the Shiranish, Kometan and
Qamchuqa intervals which are considered to form one continuous
reservoir. The Cretaceous DST was successfully flowed at sustained
rates in intervals over a period of four days using a series of
different choke sizes. The maximum average rate achieved was
approximately 4,800 bbl/d of light oil for a 15 hour period using a
64/64″ choke. No pressure decline was observed during the tests. The
crude from the Cretaceous was measured on site at 35° API gravity.
Small quantities of natural gas and hydrogen sulfide were encountered.

The 81 metre oil column in the Cretaceous was successfully established
between the free water level, as evidenced by Modular Formation
Dynamics Tester (“MDT”) measurements, and the top of the interval
perforated for testing. This oil column includes a 64 metre section in
the Qamchuqa. As with the Demir Dagh test in the Cretaceous, the matrix
porosity in the Qamchuqa, evidenced by logs and core samples, was
significantly better than the Corporation had expected. The 106 metre
section of the Shiranish above the established oil column, may also
contain oil, however the ZEG-1 well did not encounter matrix porosity
or evidence of a fracture network in this interval. The potential oil
bearing nature of the Shiranish will be further evaluated as part of
the appraisal program.

The DST conducted in the Upper Jurassic tested the Najmah formation
which has a thickness of approximately 750 metres. Without the use of a
pump, the well flowed what appears to be very heavy oil to surface on a
non-continuous basis over a 14 hour period. The quality of the oil
could not be measured properly on site and samples will be analyzed to
better assess potential in the Najmah. The results of the Najmah DST
were similar to the Najmah DST conducted at Demir Dagh.

The DSTs conducted in the Lower Jurassic tested the Mus and Adayiah
formations separately. While logging results of each formation
indicated the presence of fractures, the results of both tests were
inconclusive as the tests were unable to connect to a permeable
fracture network and flow fluids to surface.

The data gathered from the well and field tests should be considered
preliminary until such time as a pressure transient analysis or
well-test interpretation has been carried out. Test results are not
necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery

Appraisal Plans and Conceptual Development

Oryx Petroleum is conducting further analysis of the ZEG-1 well and
intends to drill an appraisal well at Zey Gawra in 2014 as part of the
multi-well appraisal and development drilling program in the Hawler
license area. Depending upon the ultimate size of the Zey Gawra
discovery, the field could be tied into the Corporation’s planned
development at Demir Dagh or developed on a standalone basis.


Oryx Petroleum is an international oil exploration company focused in
Africa and the Middle East. The Corporation`s shares are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “OXC”. The Oryx Petroleum group
of companies was founded in 2010 by The Addax and Oryx Group Limited
and key members of the former senior management team of Addax Petroleum
Corporation. Oryx Petroleum has interests in six license areas, two of
which have yielded oil discoveries and four of which are prospective
for oil. The Corporation is the operator or technical partner in four
of the six license areas. Two license areas are located in the
Kurdistan Region and the Wasit governorate (province) of Iraq and four
license areas are located in West Africa in Nigeria, the AGC
administrative area offshore Senegal and Guinea Bissau, and Congo
(Brazzaville). Further information about Oryx Petroleum is available at
www.oryxpetroleum.com or under Oryx Petroleum’s profile at www.sedar.com.

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Oryx Petroleum’s reserves and resource estimates have been prepared and
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SOURCE Oryx Petroleum Corporation Limited

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