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Baraka Petroleum Provides Heron-1 Drilling Update, Mauritania

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/28/2006, Location: Africa

Baraka Petroleum Limited has been provided with an update on the drilling of Heron-1 within Coastal Block 20 in Mauritania by operator and joint venture partner CNPC International Mauritania Limited (CNPCIM).

The land-drilling rig ZJ50LDB operated by drilling operator GWDC (Great Wall Drilling Company) has continued drilling the CNPCIM operated Heron-1 exploration well in coastal Block 20 onshore Mauritania, West Africa.

On 26th November 2006, the well was drilling ahead at a depth of 2024 metres in 12 ¼ inch hole. The well has encountered fluorescence over a gross interval from 1811 – 1875 metres and gas shows (C1-C5) over a gross interval from 1857 – 1875 metres in interbedded sandstones andshales.

The shallowest objective for Heron-1 is at approximately 2200m in Cenomanian sandstones and a deeper objective is at approximately 3600m in Aptian sandstones and limestone.

The Total Depth (TD) of the Heron-1 well is proposed at 3800m.The drilling of exploration well Heron-1 is expected to take approximately 3 months to complete to a depth of 3,800m and will include four casing strings.

CNPCIM is a wholly owned subsidiary of CNPC International Limited (CNPCI) and is Operator of Block 20 with 65% interest. Baraka Petroleum’s interest in Block 20 is 35%.

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