CNOOC Africa Reaches TD at Kenyan Well

Africa Oil announced that the CNOOC Africa-operated Bogal-1-1 well in Block 9, Kenya has reached a total depth of 5,085 meters. Gas shows and petrophysical analysis of wireline logs indicate multiple gas pay zones totaling approximately 91 meters in Lower Cretaceous sandstones. Seven inch casing has been set and testing equipment is currently being mobilized from China. Test results are expected to be available over the next 60 days.

Keith Hill, President and CEO, commented, "I'm very pleased that our first well in Africa appears to be a potential gas discovery. The size and commerciality has yet to be determined by testing, however the initial analysis highlights the excellent prospectivity of the block. Following evaluation of the test results, the Joint Venture partners will meet to discuss the plan for potential Bogal appraisal work in addition to exploring marketing scenarios to best commercialize gas in East Africa."

The Company has also signed a Letter of Intent to award a contract with the Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting ("BGP") to acquire 1350 km of seismic on its Block 10BB and Block 10A projects in Kenya. Drilling in these blocks is expected to take place in 2011.