Exploration Drilling International Inc.
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Exploration Drilling International Inc.

December 15, 2008 13:49 ET

EDI Receives German Government Order for Three Boreholes in Namibia

MUENSTER, GERMANY--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2008) - Reporting from its head office in Muenster, Germany, Exploration Drilling International Inc. (the "Company") (OTCBB:EXDL) announced today that on December 11, 2008 Germany's Federal Department for Geosciences and Raw Materials (BGR) placed an order with the Company's German subsidiary, EDI Exploration Drilling International GmbH ("EDI GmbH") for three deep boreholes in Namibia.

The three boreholes are expected to be part of a larger ten borehole project planned for the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin, with work expected to begin in February 2009. The Cuvelai-Etosha Basin is in Northern Namibia, a densely populated area. In addition to its dry climate, the area is characterised by the extensive variability of its water resources. Because flooding and drought tend to alternate on a seasonal basis, there is only enough surface water during the rainy season. The accessible aquifers are generally too salty for use as drinking water, which means that, so far, drinking water has mainly been piped in from a long distance.

Analysis of water-bearing strata to provide information about existing aquifers

The boreholes are to reach depths of 400 to 500 metres and will be implemented by Metzger Drilling, a company based in the region. For the entire drilling period, EDI GmbH will make its Fluid Finder available. The Fluid Finder enables drinking water and other liquid subterranean resources to be tapped using technology which is considerably more sustainable and up to 40% less expensive than conventional methods. The special feature of the Fluid Finder's patented drilling technology is that multiple samples may be taken at multiple depths using a single borehole.

Harald Zauter, the responsible geologist at the BGR states: "The Fluid Finder will enable us to make an accurate inventory and analysis of the individual water-bearing strata. This will for the first time give us a clear profile of the various strata for the planning of later well-sinking operations. The EDI technology will for the first time provide us with clear data about the amount and accessibility of the available water resources."

The Department for Geosciences and Raw Materials (BGR), a specialist section of Germany's Federal Ministry for Industry and Technology (BMWi), is based in Hanover and provides scientific and technical advice to the Federal Government on all geological matters. In the case of the planned boreholes in Namibia, the BGR is acting on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The shares of Exploration Drilling International Inc. are traded both 'over the counter' on the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB EXDL) and in Frankfurt (WKN: A0LCJB, ISIN: US30216C1009). EDI Exploration Drilling International GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Exploration Drilling International Inc., acting as its operational division on a worldwide basis.

In addition to historical data, this press release may also contain forward-looking statements. Known and unknown risks and imponderables may lead to considerable deviation of actual results from the results contained herein. There are no assurances the drilling project referred to in this press release will commence when scheduled. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements made in this Press Release.


Guenter Thiemannm Chief Financial Officer

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