ATI Oil Plc
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February 16, 2009 02:00 ET

Commencement of Offshore Sicily Seismic Survey

                                                                                                      
                                                                                      16 February 2009
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                                              ATI Oil Plc
                                        ("ATI" or "the Company")
                                                   
                            Commencement of Offshore Sicily Seismic Survey
                                                   
ATI  is  pleased to advise shareholders that Northern Petroleum Plc ("Northern") announced last Friday
the  commencement of seismic operations over C.R147.NP, in which ATI has a 10% interest,  and  over  a
further six licences in the West Sicily thrust belt in which ATI has a royalty interest.

The full text of the Northern release is as follows:

"Northern  announces  that its wholly owned subsidiary, Northern Petroleum  (UK)  Limited,  has  today
commenced  2D  seismic  operations  in its six West Sicily thrust belt  licences  G.R17.NP,  G.R18.NP,
G.R19.NP, G.R20.NP, G.R21.NP and G.R22.NP, and also in its permit C.R147.NP off Pantelleria island  in
the Sicily channel.

A  total  of over 2500km of seismic data will be acquired in these licences, with over 2000km covering
the West Sicily thrust belt and approximately 500km in C.R147.NP. The survey is expected to last about
six weeks.

The  seismic acquisition in the West Sicily licences is part of the work programme to being funded  by
Shell  Italia as part of the farm-in arrangement announced in December 2008. The aim of the survey  is
to obtain a better definition of the substantial leads identified in the previous seismic campaign.

A  contract for the acquisition program has been signed with Bergen Oilfield Services ("BOS") and  the
data is being acquired using the vessel 'BOS Angler'."



The Directors of the Issuer accept responsibility for this announcement.
                                                   
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Contact Details:

ATI Oil Plc
Derek Musgrove, Chairman
Per Gunnar Løge, Chief Executive
Chris Foss, Finance Director
Tel: 020 7469 2940

St.Helen's Capital Plc
Barry Hocken/Duncan Vasey
Tel: 020 7628 5582

Hansard Communications
Chris Roberts
Tel: 020 7245 1100

For further information on ATI's Italian assets please see our web site, www.ati-oil.com.

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