Vast Exploration Inc.
TSX VENTURE : VST

Vast Exploration Inc.

March 26, 2009 11:46 ET

Vast Exploration Inc.-Highlights Significance of Miran West-1 Well in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - Vast Exploration Inc. ("Vast" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:VST) is pleased to acknowledge the press release issued recently by Heritage Oil Corporation ("Heritage") that the Miran West-1 exploration well in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reached its targeted depth and encountered oil shows over an 1,100 metre interval including the three principal proven reservoir formations in the region. Heritage announced that good quality light, sweet oil was recovered to surface indicating the presence of hydrocarbons in the three main producing zones: the Shiranish, the Kometan and the Quamchuqua reservoirs.

Vast and its partner Niko Resources Ltd. are currently conducting 2D seismic survey on the Qara Dagh Block which covers an area of approximately 846 square kilometres. The Qara Dagh Block is directly adjacent to Heritage's Miran block, which is directly to the North and Northwest of the block.

The first phase of the seismic survey on Qara Dagh Block is underway and is concentrating on the NW portion of the block which is closest to the Miran Block. Vast is encouraged by the announcement of the presence of hydrocarbons over a significantly large interval including the three main proven reservoirs. Vast and its partners are anticipating targeting the same reservoirs, among others, for drilling its first exploration well.

Ahmed Said, President and CEO of Vast Exploration, stated: "The news from Heritage on their Miran Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is very positive. The indications of Hydrocarbons in the three main reservoirs provides an indication of decreased exploration risk on speculated drilling targets on our adjacent Qara Dagh Block."

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About Vast Exploration Inc.

Vast Exploration Inc. is an independent oil and gas company, and a partner of Niko Resources Ltd. Vast is focused on the exploration and development of its principal asset, the Qara Dagh Block, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The Qara Dagh Block lies on trend with existing discoveries and is located in the prolific Zagros Fold Belt of Northern Iraq which contains several large fields including the super-giant Kirkuk field.

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