Primeline Announces Progress Of Drilling Operation

August 20th, 1997
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Hong Kong August 20th, 1997 —- Primeline Energy Holdings Inc. (“Primeline”), a Vancouver Stock Exchange (“VSE”) listed company, today announce the progress of the drilling operation. Vicky-1 well in Primeline’s block 32/32, East China Sea, offshore China, has made significant progress following the spud-in on July 25, 1997 (China time). The well has so far reached a depth of 2128m. The company’s main target zones are between 2300-3000m and planned total depth is 3200m. Technically, all the geological intervals penetrated so far match very well with the prognosis. The company expresses continuous confidence on the outcome of this exploration well.

The operation was affected by two tropical storms (typhoons) within a fortnight span. The drilling program was delayed and currently is about 12 days behind schedule. The latest typhoon passed the well location two days ago and drilling is anticipated to resume on August 21, 1997. Primeline’s financial burden was limited by the weather downtime contingency (US$30,000) as part of the turnkey costs in the contract signed between Primeline and China Offshore Southern Drilling Co.

Primeline is the only exchange listed oil and gas exploration company focused on upstream opportunities in China.

“Brian Chan”
Brian Chan, Vice-President & Director
Primeline Energy Holdings Inc.
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