Aurelian Appoints Exploration Director

Aurelian announced the appointment of Dr. John Smallwood to the Board as Exploration Director of Aurelian, with his employment commencing on May 16, 2011.

John Richard Smallwood, aged 38, joins Aurelian after spending 15 years with Hess Corporation culminating in leadership roles in their global Exploration and Business Development functions. John has very recently completed a successful four year tenure as Exploration Manager in Australia during which his team made 17 discoveries. He has also had success with Hess in the North Atlantic Margin, Africa and Asia.

John brings a technical depth and experience to Aurelian's Exploration function that will significantly enhance the Company's ability to execute its comprehensive exploration and appraisal program over the next two to three years. He has a First Class Honours Degree in Geological Sciences and a Ph. D. in Marine Geophysics from Cambridge University.

The Company also announces that Michael Seymour has decided to retire as a Non-executive Director at the forthcoming AGM on 25 May. Michael will continue as a consultant to help maintain some of Aurelian's Central European relationships and to represent it in his current role as President of the Polish E&P Industry Operators Organization. The Company would like to thank Michael for his many years of outstanding service.

Rowen Bainbridge, Chief Executive, commented, "I am delighted that John is joining Aurelian at this very exciting time in our development. As an exploration led company, this is a critical role and we now have an explorer with an excellent track record. John's appointment significantly increases the likelihood of Aurelian successfully expanding and developing our Siekierki tight gas project and achieving exploration success throughout our portfolio."