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Torchlight completes drilling phase of A39 #1 well

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Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. has announced that it has completed the drilling phase of the A39 #1 well in its Orogrande Basin drilling programme with operator Maverick Operating and drilling partner Wolfbone Properties.

The A39 #1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 4035 ft and casing was set. Well logs and core samples were taken prior to casing the well and are currently being analysed. Electric logs show excellent hydrocarbon potential in multiple intervals which is representative of economical conventional and unconventional productive formations. The Company’s primary target is a Wolfcamp conventional dolomite pay-zone that appears to have net thickness of 75 ft at approximately 3800 ft. This zone correlates to similar zones appearing in the A25 #1 well and the offset Cactus well which the Company believes demonstrates a greater arial extent of the target.

To confirm the viability of movable hydrocarbons, Torchlight will complete the well in this 75-ft Wolfcamp interval employing conventional methodology. Upon successful completion the Company will have confirmed vertical (conventional) development potential aggregating the prior successful unconventional completion.

Both the A39 #1 and the previously drilled A11 #2 well will be perforated and stimulated to commence testing of each well. Fracture stimulation will be employed at a later time as needed after results are measured.

The drilling rig will now move to the Company’s next well location, the University Maverick A24 #1. Drilling will commence after the holidays and Torchlight will be testing a structural high that it expects will prove eight potential zones below the unconventional Penn formation that was previously discovered in the A25 #1 horizontal well.

Rich Masterson, Project Geologist, stated, “From the preliminary core and log evaluation on the A39 #1 well, there are three potential pay cycles of sedimentation with good oil cuts in cores and samples on all of them. These cycles are composed of conventional and unconventional pay. Preliminary core evaluations along with electric logs show a mixture of siltstones and dolomites with oil saturation calculations, pore throat sizes and porosities typically present in productive intervals. We are most excited about a conventional San Andres 'look alike' that shows up for 75 ft at 3800 ft. Sample, cores and logs taken from this interval show it to be an oil-bearing zone with excellent fluorescents, good permeability, porosity and oil saturation.”

“We are making tremendous headway in our core Project, the Orogrande,” stated John Brda, Torchlight’s CEO. “Each well we drill gives us further scientific conformation with the last two wells demonstrating our pioneering effort to prove up a new pay zones within a newly discovered hydrocarbon system. We have proof positive of the existence of additional potential pay zones including an exciting San Andres look alike. As each well is drilled and completed it is important to remember that our results are proving viability for a much larger developmental effort and will accelerate our ongoing discussions with larger independents who have expressed interest in the Project as a partner or acquirer.”

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