Coastal Makes Oil Find Offshore Thailand

Coastal Energy announced the successful results of the first exploration well drilled at Songkhla H and the results of initial production testing on the Bua Ban North B-06 and B-08 wells.

The Songkhla H-01 well was drilled to a total depth of 9,256 feet TVD and encountered 32 feet of net pay with 20 percent porosity in the Oligocene interval. A drill stem test was performed and the well produced 1,000 bopd with minimal initial pressure drawdown of the reservoir. The crude has an API gravity of 29 degrees. The H-01 well has the potential to produce in excess of 3,000 bopd using an electric submersible pump ("ESP"). The Company has spudded an appraisal well to delineate the reservoir.

The Bua Ban North B-06 and B-08 wells have been completed using ESPs and are producing approximately 2,000 bopd each from the Miocene interval. Flow rates will be restricted to these levels to minimize drawdown on the formation. The crude has API gravity of 29 degrees and is of quality consistent with current production. The Company is currently completing the B-01 well in the Oligocene formation. The B-06 well began producing on July 20th and the B-08 well began producing on July 27th.

Randy Bartley, Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Energy, commented, "We are extremely pleased with the results of both the Songkhla H-01 and the production testing at Bua Ban North B. The Songkhla H-01 well was drilled in the center of the basin where sand risk is the highest. Encountering sand of this quality in the basin center is very encouraging and opens up significant additional exploration potential.

"The initial flow rates from the B-06 and B-08 wells are performing above our expectations. We are proud to announce that we have been able to bring the Bua Ban North B field on production less than three months after the initial discovery well was drilled."