Soco Moves Forward with Drilling Program in Vietnam

Soco International provided information concerning its Vietnamese fields in Block 16-1 and Block 9-2.

Block 16-1

As at the date of this report, the Te Giac Den 1X (TGD-1X-ST1) side track well, initially targeting the expected high pressure, high temperature Oligocene interval on Prospect "E", is at 5,096 measured depth. The Hoang Long Joint Operating Company is currently running logs prior to setting casing.

As at the date of this report, the Te Giac Trang (TGT-6X) appraisal well had reached its targeted measured depth of 3,437 meters. The well is currently being logged and preparations to test are ongoing.

The Reserve Assessment Report and Outline Development documents for the TGT Development have been submitted to the Vietnamese authorities for review. These documents represent the supporting documentation for the Declaration of Commerciality for the TGT Field. The review process is ongoing with the relevant authorities at the date of this report.

Block 9-2

To date three development wells have been drilled on the Ca Ngu Vang oilfield and another well partially drilled and suspended pending installation of the unmanned platform.

Once the platform and topsides have been installed and the drilling rig finishes work on the TGT-6X appraisal well, where it was redeployed to allow platform installation, the three existing development wells will be tied-back and completed and production will commence.

The rig will then finish drilling and completing the fourth well and then continue with the planned four producer and two injector development drilling program. Major facilities, equipment orders and installation proceeds apace to meet the planned onstream date within approximately 60 days. At the date of this report the jacket is installed and the first of the two pipelines is being laid.