VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2013) - Africa Oil Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AOI)(AOI.ST) ("Africa Oil" or the "Company") announces that the testing program at the Twiga South-1 oil discovery in Kenya has now been successfully completed. The fifth and final Drill Stem Test ("DST") flowed at a rate of 461 bopd bringing the cumulative flow rate up to 2,812 bopd, constrained by surface equipment. With optimised equipment these flow rates would increase to a cumulative rate of around 5,200 bopd.
High quality 37 degree API waxy sweet crude was flowed from all three zones in the Auwerwer formation with good quality reservoir sands encountered. The well has been suspended as a potential future production well.
As with DST 4A, a Progressive Cavity Pump (PCP) was used to artificially lift at DST 5, whilst DST 3 flowed naturally. Two additional zones were tested in the tight reservoir rock at the base of the well and, as anticipated, both produced at sub-commercial rates but confirmed the presence of movable oil.
These results provide encouragement for the forthcoming testing program at Ngamia-1A where at least four zones are planned to be tested using the Weatherford 804 rig. Testing activities are expected to commence in March and complete by the end of May.
Keith Hill, President and CEO of Africa Oil Corp., commented, "By demonstrating the good reservoir quality of the Auwerwer sands, we take a large step forward in our program to establish a commercially viable oil development project in Kenya. We look forward to the upcoming tests at Ngamia which we believe will also give similar flow rates and provide evidence on the lateral distribution of these key reservoir sands."
About Africa Oil
Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kenya, Ethiopia and Mali as well as Puntland (Somalia) through its approximate 45% equity interest in Horn Petroleum Corporation. Africa Oil's East African holdings are in within a world-class exploration play fairway with a total gross land package in this prolific region in excess of 250,000 square kilometers. The East African Rift Basin system is one of the last of the great rift basins to be explored. New discoveries have been announced on all sides of Africa Oil's virtually unexplored land position including the major Albert Graben oil discovery in neighboring Uganda. Africa Oil's recent Ngamia-1 and Twiga South-1 discoveries extend the Albert Graben play into Kenya where Africa Oil along with partner Tullow Oil plc hold a dominant acreage position. Newly acquired seismic and gravity data show robust leads and prospects throughout Africa Oil's project areas. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and on First North at NASDAQ OMX-Stockholm under the symbol "AOI".
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ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Keith C. Hill, President and CEO
Africa Oil's Certified Advisor on NASDAQ OMX First North is Pareto Öhman AB.