Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc.
WARSAW : KOV

Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc.

May 30, 2011 08:53 ET

Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc.: Ukraine- Drilling of Olgovskoye-14 Well Starts

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc. (WARSAW:KOV) ("Kulczyk Oil", "KOV" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the O-14 well in the Olgovskoye Field commenced drilling.

O-14 Exploration Well

The O-14 well is located approximately 4 kilometres to the southeast of the O-8 well. The O-14 well will be drilled to a depth of 2,800 metres and is designed to test gas-bearing reservoirs in the Muscovian and Lower Bashkirian and to further develop the gas production capability of the Olgovskoye Field. The drilling of the O-14 well is expected to take approximately 35 days.

The well, which will target a previously untested fault block identified after interpretation of 2D seismic data by the KOV/KUB-Gas technical team, is on trend with the main Olgovskoye producing area. A successful well in this fault block has the potential to substantially increase the current reserves base of the Company in Ukraine. RPS, the Company's independent engineering consulting firm, has assigned Contingent Resources to the 70% effective interest of KOV of 3.2 billion cubic feet ("Bcf") (Low Estimate), 12.3 Bcf (Best Estimate) and 29.1 Bcf (High Estimate) of natural gas to the untested fault block.

The O-14 well is the third new well drilled in the Olgovskoye field since the Company acquired its interest in KUB-Gas in June 2010. It is part of a larger development programon the KUB-Gas assets through 2011 and 2012.

Olgovskoye Field

The Olgovskoye Field currently produces from 4 wells (O-3, O-4, O-5 and O-7) with each well producing from a separate horizon. Kulczyk Oil completed drilling of the Olgovskoye-8 well in early January and the well is scheduled to be tested and completed in the second quarter of 2011.The O-8 well was drilled to a total depth ("TD")of 2,780 metres and wireline logging of the open hole identified several potential hydrocarbon-bearing zones. Another well on the Olgovskoye license, the O-9 well, finished drilling at a depth of 2,638 metres in mid-April and was cased to total depth as a potential multi-zone gas well. A service rig has now been moved on to the O-9 location and the completion of this well has begun. According to the work plan, after O-9 well is tested the service rig will move to test O-8 well.

Makeevskoye License

The M-19 well was drilled in the second half of 2010 and tested in early January 2011 at a rate of approximately 5 million standard cubic feet per day ("MMscf/d"). The construction of the M-19 flow line is underway with pipe being welded. The initial production rate from the M-19 well is expected to be approximately 3.5 MMscf/d (2.45 MMscf/d net to KOV).

Seismic program

The 3D seismic program, covering the whole area (120km2) of Olgovskoye and Makeevskoye licences was completed. Acquisition of the 3D data, initiated in February 2011, has been done on time and within the budget (U$2.5m). Processing of the data will take two months. Results of the seismic program will allow to better define drilling locations for the 2012 drilling campaign as well as allow to asses the full potential of the two licences.

The 2D seismic program over North Makeevskoye licence has also been completed. The program covered 65 km, with the total cost reaching U$165ths. Data acquired will now be processed to help, together with legacy data, to define location of the first exploration well in scheduled for 2012.

Defined Terms

"Contingent Resources" are those quantities of petroleum that are estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development,, but which are not yet considered mature enough for commercial development because of one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political, and regulatory matters, or a lack of markets. Contingent Resources are further categorized into Low Estimate (1C), Best Estimate (2C) and High Estimate (3C) according to the level of certainty associated with the estimates and may be sub-classified based on economic viability.

"Low Estimate (1C)" is considered to be a conservative estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the low estimate. If probabilistic methods are used, there should be at least a 90 percent probability (P90) that the quantities recovered will equal or exceed the low estimate.

"Best Estimate (2C)" is considered to be the best estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the best estimate. If probabilistic methods are used, there should be a 50 percent probability (P50) that the quantities recovered will equal or exceed the best estimate.

"High Estimate (3C)" is considered to be an optimistic estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered. It is unlikely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the high estimate. If probabilistic methods are used, there should be at least a 10 percent probability (P10) that the quantities recovered will equal or exceed the high estimate.

Assets of Kulczyk Oil

Kulczyk Oil is an international upstream oil and gas exploration company with a diversified portfolio of projects in Brunei, Syria and Ukraine and with a risk profile ranging from exploration in Brunei and Syria to production and development in Ukraine.

In Brunei, KOV owns working interests in two production sharing agreements which gives the Company the right to explore for and produce oil and natural gas from Block L and Block M. KOV owns a 40% working interest in Block L,a 2,220 square kilometre (550,000 acre) area covering onshore and offshore areas in northern Brunei and a 36% working interest in Block M, a 3,011 square kilometre (744,000 acre) area onshore in southern Brunei.

In Ukraine, KOV owns an effective 70% interest in KUB-Gas LLC. The assets of KUB-Gas consist of 100% interests in five licenses near to the City of Lugansk in the northeast part of Ukraine. Four of the licenses are gas producing.

In Syria, KOV holds a participating interest of 70% in the Syria Block 9 production sharing contract which provides the right to explore for and, upon fulfillment of certain conditions, to produce oil and gas from Block 9, a 10,032 square kilometre (2.48 million acre) area in northwest Syria. The Company has agreements to assign an aggregate of 25% in ownership interests to third parties which are subject to the approval of Syrian authorities, and which, if approved, would leave the Company with a remaining effective interest of 45% in Syria Block 9.

The main shareholder of the Company, Kulczyk Investments S.A. owns almost 50% of the issued common shares. Kulczyk Investments S.A. is an international investment house founded by Polish businessman Dr. Jan Kulczyk.

Translation: This news release has been translated into Polish from the English original.

Forward-looking StatementsThis release contains forward-looking statements made as of the date of this announcement with respect to future activities of KUB-Gas and related to its five license areas (Vergunskoye, Krutogorovskoye, Makeevskoye, North Makeevskoye and Olgovskoye) in Ukraine and to the O-14, O-8, O-9 and M-19 well that are not historical facts. Although the Company believes that its expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof, any potential results suggested by such statements involve risk and uncertainties and no assurance can be given that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Various factors that could impair or prevent the Company from completing the expected activities on its projects include thatthe Company's projects experience technical and mechanical problems, there are changes in product prices, failure to obtain regulatory approvals, the state of the national or international monetary, oil and gas, financial , political and economic markets in the jurisdictions where the Company operates and other risks not anticipated by the Company or disclosed in the Company's published material. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in this announcement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement, unless required by law.

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