Africa Oil Corp.
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Africa Oil Corp.

August 21, 2012 10:46 ET

Africa Oil Corp.: Twiga South-1 Exploration Well Spuds in Onshore Kenya

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2012) - Africa Oil Corp. ("Africa Oil" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AOI)(OMX:AOI) is pleased to announce the spudding in Kenya of the Twiga South-1 exploration well located in onshore Block 13T, today, Tuesday, August 21, 2012. The well is planned to a total depth of 3,114 meters and targets the same structural trend and reservoirs as the recent Ngamia-1 oil discovery 23 kilometers to the south. The well is operated by Tullow Oil plc ("Tullow") who hold a 50% working interest and will be using the Weatherford 804 rig that was used to drill Ngamia-1. An extensive coring and testing program is planned if the well encounters similar pay sands as at the Ngamia-1 discovery.

Additionally in onshore Kenya, the Paipai-1 well in Block 10A, is on track to spud in early September using the Sakson PR-5 rig which is in the process of final mobilization from Mombassa to the well site.

In onshore Ethiopia, rig contract negotiations by the operator, Tullow, are nearing conclusion for the commencement of the exploration drilling campaign which will commence with the Sabisa-1 well in the South Omo Block by the end of this year.

Keith Hill, President and CEO of Africa Oil, commented, "The Twiga South-1 well represents the next step in expanding the play northward into the Lockichar basin and proving up the 'string of pearls' concept along the main basin bounding fault. We also look forward to the arrival of the additional two drilling rigs which will allow us to evaluate whether the Tertiary trend extends into southern Ethiopia and to test the Cretaceous rift in north-central Kenya. We continue to be highly optimistic that the early success we have seen to date will extend into these other areas."

Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kenya, Ethiopia and Mali as well as Puntland (Somalia) through its 45% equity interest in Horn Petroleum Corporation. Africa Oil's East African holdings are in within a world-class exploration play fairway with a total gross land package in this prolific region in excess of 300,000 square kilometers. The East African Rift Basin system is one of the last of the great rift basins to be explored. New discoveries have been announced on all sides of Africa Oil's virtually unexplored land position including the major Albert Graben oil discovery in neighboring Uganda. Africa Oil's recent Ngamia-1 discovery extends the Albert Graben play into Kenya where Africa Oil along with partner Tullow hold a dominant acreage position. Newly acquired seismic and gravity data show robust leads and prospects throughout Africa Oil's project areas. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and on First North at NASDAQ OMX-Stockholm under the symbol "AOI".

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ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Keith C. Hill, President and CEO

Africa Oil's Certified Advisor on NASDAQ OMX First North is Pareto Öhman AB.

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