SOURCE: Longreach Oil & Gas Limited

October 28, 2013 07:18 ET

Longreach Oil & Gas Limited: Significant Drilling Campaign Commences

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2013) - Longreach Oil & Gas (TSX VENTURE: LOI)


28th October 2013


Significant Drilling Campaign Commences with Well Spud on Foum Draa and
Operational progress for Drilling on Sidi Moktar

LONGREACH OIL AND GAS LIMITED (TSX-V: LOI) (the "Company" or"Longreach"),
an independent oil and gas company focused on Morocco,
notes the Cairn Energy PLC ("Cairn") Operational Update published today
announcing that drilling on the FD II - Alpha-1 exploration well, on
the Foum Draa licence, offshore Morocco has commenced, using the Cajun
Express, a fifth generation semi-submersible drilling unit.

The Foum Draa licence is located in deep water in the Tarfaya basin,
directly West of Agadir. The FD II - Alpha-1 exploration well is
located in 1,500 metres of water approximately 120 kilometres offshore
Morocco. The well has a planned Total Depth of 5,500 metres TVDSS and
operations are anticipated to take approximately 60 days. The Alpha
prospect is a slope apron clastic fan of Cretaceous / Jurassic age.

Under the terms of the farm-out agreement Cairn acquired a 50% operated
interest in the licence from Longreach and each of its joint venture
partners in exchange for paying the first US$ 60 million of the
exploration well costs. Longreach retains a 2.5% interest in the Foum
Draa licence.

Sidi Moktar update

Longreach is also pleased to provide an update on the mobilisation of
the Saipem Drillmec Mas 7000, a 2,000HP unit built in 2007 for the
drilling of the Koba 1 well in its operated Sidi Moktar, onshore
licence area. The rig arrived at Agadir Port on 12th October and is now
on location and being assembled for a planned spud date for

Commenting, Andrew Benitz, CEO of Longreach, said:"The Foum Draa well
represents a significant opportunity for Longreach
and its investors, given the size of the target prospect. The start of
this well also kicks-off a wider drilling programme for Longreach in
the near and medium term. The programme consists of the drilling of two
sizable onshore prospects, starting with the imminent Koba 1 well,
operated by the Company, as well as a further significant offshore
well, where again Longreach benefits from a carry on the well".



Andrew Benitz CEO                      +44 20 3137 7756

Andrew McKee  VP Corporate Development +1 416 722 4915

Pelham Bell Pottinger

Philip Dennis / Rollo Crichton-Stuart  +44 207 861 3232

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This press release contains forward-looking statements. These
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terms. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but
are not limited to planned well depth, length of drilling operations,
drilling plans, planned spud date, expected success and benefits from
drilling programme, the performance characteristics of the company's
oil and gas properties and anticipated costs and risks associated with
the drilling programme. Forward-looking statements are only
predictions. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown
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events to differ materially from those anticipated in such
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could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the
forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but
are not limited to: general economic conditions in Canada, the Kingdom
of Morocco and globally; industry conditions, including fluctuations in
the price of oil and gas, governmental regulation of the oil and gas
industry, including environmental regulation; fluctuation in foreign
exchange or interest rates; risks inherent in oil and gas operations;
political risk, including geological, technical, drilling and
processing problems; unanticipated operating events which could cause
commencement of drilling and production to be delayed; the need to
obtain consents and approvals from industry partners, regulatory
authorities and other third-parties; stock market volatility and market
valuations; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions
of reserves, undeveloped land and skilled personnel; incorrect
assessments of the value of acquisitions or resource estimates; any
future inability to obtain additional funding, when required, on
acceptable terms or at all; credit risk; changes in legislation; any
unanticipated disputes or deficiencies related to title matters;
dependence on management and key personnel; and risks associated with
operating in and being part of a joint venture.

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