Vancouver, British Columbia, March 1st, 2017. Newport Exploration Ltd (“Newport” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on exploration activities on ex-PEL’s 106 & 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 March 1st, 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. 

As reported by Beach, a four-well Permian exploration and appraisal campaign progressed in its 100% owned ex-PEL 106 and 91 permit areas, with exploration success at Crockery-1. Crockery-1 in ex-PEL 106 tested stratigraphic traps on the western flank of the Patchawarra Trough and targeted liquids-rich gas in the Patchawarra Formation. Crockery-1 encountered 7.2 meters of net pay across a 19 meter gross section and confirmed a southern extension of the Southwest Patchawarra gas fairway.  

As reported by Beach, the third well of the program, Dandy-1 in ex-PEL 106, targeted stratigraphic traps to the south of the Crockery-1 discovery. Gas shows in good reservoir quality sands were intersected, however the well was plugged and abandoned due to lack of commercial pay. The final campaign well, Mokami-1 in ex-PEL 91, spudded on February 26th, 2017 and is drilling ahead. The well is testing a western extension of the Southwest Patchawarra gas fairway and is targeting liquids-rich sand packages within the Patchawarra Formation. 

The Company is unable to report on the potential productivity for each well and 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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Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information 

This news release, which contains certain forward-looking statements, is intended to provide readers with a reasonable basis for assessing the financial performance of the Company. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe”, “should”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “contemplate”, “target”, “plan”, “intends”, “continue”, “budget”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “schedule” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements pertain to assumptions regarding the price of oil, fluctuations in currency markets (specifically the Australian dollar), and the future development of the Company’s project. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, which considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the risk of fluctuations in the assumed prices of oil, the risk of changes in government legislation including the risk of obtaining necessary licences and permits,, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Australia or other countries in which the Company carries or may carry on business in the future, risks associated with developmental activities, the speculative nature of exploration and development, and assumed quantities or grades of reserves. Many of these uncertainties and contingencies may affect the Company’s actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those acknowledged in such statements. 

The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable laws.