Beach Makes Oil Discovery at AU Western Flank

Beach Energy announced two new field oil discoveries at Bauer-1, the third successful well in a five well exploration drilling campaign in PEL 91, and at Rincon-1, the final exploration well of the initial eleven well program for PEL 92. The commencement of the FY12 Joint Venture approved nine well exploration and development program, set down for PEL 92, will now follow this program.

The Bauer-1 well (Beach (Operator) - 40%, Drillsearch Energy Ltd - 60%) encountered a gross oil column of fifteen meters, with thirteen meters of net pay, in the McKinlay/Namur Sandstone section of the well. Preliminary volumetric assessment indicates the potential of the discovery could be in the order of two million barrels of recoverable oil (gross).

Following the completion of the evaluation program, the Ensign#18 rig will be moved to the Searcy-1 exploration well which is located approximately eight and a half kilometers to the north-east of Bauer-1. Bauer-1 is expected to be on-line in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The Rincon-1 well (Beach (Operator) - 75%, Cooper Energy Ltd - 25%) encountered a gross oil column of five meters, with four and a half meters of net pay, in the McKinlay/Namur Sandstone section of the well. Beach’s preliminary volumetric assessment suggests up to five hundred thousand barrels of recoverable oil (gross).

Following the completion of the evaluation program, the Ensign#30 rig will be moved to the Elliston-1 exploration well which is located approximately 25 kilometers to the south of Rincon-1. Options to bring Rincon-1 on-line are currently being assessed.

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