Vancouver, British Columbia, October 4th, 2017. Newport Exploration Ltd (“Newport” or “the Company”) provides an update on exploration activities on PRL 26 and 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 October 4th, 2017, and reference should be made to their website for their interpretation of the results and any plans to bring wells into production. 

PRL 26 (Udacha Block) 

Beach report the second gas well of its FY2018 operated exploration and appraisal campaign, Lowry-1, is located in the SWP play fairway approximately two kilometers northwest of the Middleton processing facility. The well is targeting stratigraphically trapped gas within the sands of the Patchawarra Formation. Lowry-1 spudded on 28 September 2017 and at month-end was drilling ahead at 929 metres. 

Ex PEL 91

Beach report it continued 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 second vertical well of the campaign, Goldsmith-1, was drilled four kilometres north of Kangaroo-1 to test a potential northern extension of the Kangaroo Field. Oil shows were intersected in the target interval, however low reservoir quality resulted in side-tracking of the well approximately 400 metres west of the original target. The side-track did not intersect reservoir in the target interval and Goldsmith-1 was subsequently plugged and abandoned. 

The first two vertical exploration wells of the FY2018 Birkhead campaign, Goldsmith-1 and Donington-1, were designed to test the true up-side of the Kangaroo Field. Based on the results, future drilling will be focused on the lower risk area in closer proximity to the Kangaroo Field. This will be appraised and developed along with existing Birkhead oil discoveries in the Stunsail, Pennington, and Stanleys fields. Horizontal development wells are planned for the second half of FY2018 and will commence upon completion of Beach’s operated gas exploration campaign. 

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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