CAMAC Energy Announces Rig Contract for West Africa Drilling Program

Drillship Energy Searcher Secured for up to Two Years

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HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Jan 15, 2014) - CAMAC Energy Inc. ("CAMAC") (NYSE MKT: CAK) announced today that a long-term drilling contract has been signed with Northern Offshore Ltd. (OSLO: NOF.OL) for the drillship Energy Searcher. The rig is expected to be delivered to the Oyo Field in OML 120 offshore Nigeria to commence drilling activities in the first half of 2014. The signed agreement covers an initial period of one year, with an option to extend the contract for an additional one-year. The Company plans to utilize the rig on its multi-year, high-impact development and exploration portfolio.

The Energy Searcher's capabilities include drilling to total depths of up to 25,000 feet, and in water depths of up to 2,500 feet.

Kase Lawal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to have executed the rig contract with Northern Offshore, which builds on our relationship, and ensures a highly capable and efficient rig to execute on our transformational development and exploration program in 2014 and beyond."

About CAMAC Energy

CAMAC Energy is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on energy resources in Africa. Its asset portfolio consists of 8 licenses in 3 countries covering an area of 41,000 square kilometers (~10 million acres), including production and other projects offshore Nigeria, as well as exploration licenses offshore and onshore Kenya, and offshore Gambia. CAMAC Energy is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For additional information, visit www.camacenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, concerning activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including the Company's ability to successfully drill, complete, test and produce the wells and prospects identified in this release and risk factors discussed in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their respective dates. The Company undertakes no duty to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact:
CAMAC Energy
1330 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2250
Houston, TX 77056
www.camacenergy.com

CAMAC Energy Inc.
Corporate Finance and Investor Relations
Chris Heath
+1 713 797 2945
chris.heath@camacenergy.com

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