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VAALCO Energy Provides Update on Gabon Drilling Program

April 29, 2010

HOUSTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) today announced it is finalizing the completion of the Ebouri 4H development well located in the Ebouri Field, offshore Gabon, West Africa. Initial production from the new well should commence within a week.

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The contracted jack-up rig, the Sapphire Driller, will then be skidded to the Ebouri 3H slot on the platform and begin the scheduled workover to replace two electrical submersible pumps. The well is expected to be on production by mid-May.

The Company’s subsidiary VAALCO Gabon Etame, Inc. operates and owns a 28.07% net interest in the Etame Field. Other field partners are Addax Petroleum Etame Inc. (31.36%), Sasol Petroleum Etame Limited (27.75%), Sojitz Etame Limited (2.98%), PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (2.34%) and Tullow Oil Gabon SA (7.5%).

Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes “forward-looking statements” as defined by the U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements are those concerning VAALCO’s plans, expectations, and objectives for future drilling, completion and other operations and activities. All statements included in this document that address activities, events or developments that VAALCO expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements include future production rates, completion and production timetables and costs to complete well. These statements are based on assumptions made by VAALCO based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond VAALCO’s control. These risks include, but are not limited to, inflation, lack of availability of goods, services and capital, environmental risks, drilling risks, foreign operational risks and regulatory changes. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These risks are further described in VAALCO’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and other reports filed with the SEC which can be reviewed at http://www.sec.gov, or which can be received by contacting VAALCO at 4600 Post Oak Place, Suite 309, Houston, Texas 77027, (713) 623-0801.

About VAALCO

VAALCO Energy, Inc. is a Houston based independent energy company principally engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil. VAALCO’s strategy is to increase reserves and production through the exploration and exploitation of oil and natural gas properties with high emphasis on international opportunities. The Company’s properties and exploration acreage are located primarily in Gabon and Angola, West Africa.


    Investor Contact        Media Contact
    Greg Hullinger          Barrett Golden / Marin Kaleya
    Chief Financial Officer Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
    713-623-0801            212-355-4449

SOURCE VAALCO Energy, Inc.


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