WesternZagros Resources Ltd.
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WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

October 16, 2014 10:20 ET

WesternZagros Completes Testing After Workover of Sarqala-1

Achieves Oil Flow of 11,500 Barrels per Day

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WesternZagros Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:WZR) ("WesternZagros" or "the Company") has successfully completed the workover of the Sarqala-1 well in the Garmian Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The purpose of the workover was to install larger tubing to replace the subsurface safety valve and increase the flow capacity of the well. The Company tested the well at rates of up to 11,500 barrels per day ("bbl/d") of 40 degree API oil from the Jeribe/Upper Dhiban reservoir.

"Our expectations were that the workover would result in an increased production capacity in the range of 8,000 to 10,000 bbl/d, so we are pleased with this strong test result, which was accomplished without any stimulation of the reservoir," said Simon Hatfield, WesternZagros's Chief Executive Officer.

The Sarqala-1 well previously produced over one million barrels of light oil at an average flow rate of 5,000 bbl/d of oil during an extended well test in 2011 and 2012. The new flow rate of 11,500 bbl/d was reached after two days of flowing and stabilizing the well at progressively bigger choke sizes prior to the final flow. The final flow rate was achieved on a one inch choke with a wellhead pressure of 2,155 pounds per square inch. No stimulation was applied to the reservoir; however, it remains an option to do so at a later date. As during the previous extended well test, this current test produced no hydrogen sulphide gas or formation water. Following the completion of this post-workover test at Sarqala-1, the Company plans to move the workover rig to the Hasira-1 well to commence the testing of the light oil discovery in the Mio-Oligocene reservoir, anticipated to commence in early November.

About WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

WesternZagros is an international natural resources company focused on acquiring properties and exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas in Iraq. WesternZagros, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, holds a 40 percent working interest in two Production Sharing Contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Kurdistan Region. WesternZagros's shares trade in Canada on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WZR".

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to, but not limited to, operational information, future appraisal and development plans and the timing associated therewith. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "potential", "could", or similar words suggesting future outcomes. The Company cautions readers and prospective investors in the Company's securities to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information as, by its nature, it is based on current expectations regarding future events that involve a number of assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by WesternZagros. Readers are also cautioned that disclosed test rates and results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.

Forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but rather on management's current expectations as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to management, concerning, among other things, outcomes of future well operations, plans for and results of extended well tests and drilling activity, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), future economic conditions, future currency and exchange rates, continued political stability, timely receipt of any necessary government or regulatory approvals, the successful resolution of disputes, the Company's continued ability to employ qualified staff and to obtain equipment in a timely and cost efficient manner, the participation of the Company's co-venturers in joint activities, and the ability to sell production and the prices to be received in connection therewith. In addition, budgets are based upon WesternZagros's current appraisal and development plans and anticipated costs, both of which are subject to change based on, among other things, the actual outcomes of well operations and the installation and commissioning of facilities, unexpected delays, availability of future financing and changes in market conditions. Although the Company believes the expectations and assumptions reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information involves significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by WesternZagros including, but not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry (e.g. operational risks in exploration and production; inherent uncertainties in interpreting geological data; changes in plans with respect to capital expenditures; interruptions in operations together with any associated insurance proceedings; the uncertainty of estimates and projections in relation to costs and expenses and health, safety and environmental risks), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, the uncertainty associated with any dispute resolution proceedings, the uncertainty associated with negotiating with foreign governments and risk associated with international activity, including the lack of federal petroleum legislation and ongoing political disputes in Iraq in particular.

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