WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

May 11, 2009 09:00 ET

WesternZagros Spuds Kurdamir-1

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2009) -


WesternZagros Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:WZR) ("WesternZagros" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the Company has commenced drilling its second wildcat exploration well, Kurdamir-1, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Total depth for Kurdamir-1 is planned to be approximately 4,000 metres and it is expected to take between five and six months to drill. Gross costs for drilling Kurdamir-1 are expected to range between $35 million and $40 million which includes plans for early logging and testing if required, and the contingency for an additional intermediate casing string.

Kurdamir-1 is located on a separate anticlinal structure approximately 30 kilometres northeast of WesternZagros' first wildcat exploration well, Sarqala-1. Kurdamir-1 will target four potential reservoir zones - the Oligocene and Pilaspi/Jaddala intervals in the Tertiary, and the Shiranish and upper Qamchuaqa intervals in the Cretaceous.

WesternZagros and its co-venturers, the Kurdistan Regional Government and Talisman Energy Inc., have incorporated key learnings from Sarqala-1 in the well design for Kurdamir-1 in order to mitigate the risk of overpressure and other drilling issues. In particular, WesternZagros has planned for an additional intermediate casing string at Kurdamir-1, plus the contingency for a further string depending on drilling conditions. Additional key personnel have also been hired to be present in-country including a mud specialist, an operational geologist and drilling engineers.

Simon Hatfield, Chief Executive Officer of WesternZagros said, "Given the number of indications of high quality oil we encountered while drilling Sarqala-1, we're enthusiastic about the prospectivity of Kurdamir-1. We learned a great deal from our first well and believe we are well-prepared for any potential drilling challenges at Kurdamir-1."

About WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

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

This news release may contain forward-looking information based on assumptions that are subject to a wide range of business risks. WesternZagros' operations are subject to all risks normally incident to the exploration, development and operation of crude oil and natural gas properties and the drilling of crude oil and natural gas wells, including geological risk, encountering unexpected formations or pressures, premature declines of reservoirs, potential environment damage, blow-outs, fires and spills, all of which could result in personal injuries, loss of life and damage to property of WesternZagros and others; environment risks; delay or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the ability to attract key personnel; the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

All of WesternZagros' assets are located in Kurdistan. As such, WesternZagros is subject to political, economic, and other uncertainties of that region as well as risks of loss due to civil strife, acts of war, guerrilla activities and insurrections. WesternZagros' operations may be materially adversely affected by changes in government policies and legislation or social instability and other factors which are not within its control. Risks also include the uncertainty involved in the estimation of undiscovered resources. For further information on WesternZagros and the risks associated with its business, please see WesternZagros' Annual Information from dated March 26, 2009 which is filed at www.sedar.com and on the Company's web site.

Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "potential", "could", or similar words suggesting future outcomes. We caution readers and prospective investors of the Company's securities not to 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.

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