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Zion Oil and Gas exploratory well update in Israel

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Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. announces that its Megiddo-Jezreel #1 well (MJ #1) is currently at a depth of 4330 m (~14 200 ft), which is approximately 1000 m deeper since recommencing drilling on December 9, 2017.

Zion’s President, Dustin Guinn, provided further explanation for the recent changes stating, “While it was a difficult decision to change the well plan and set our  in. casing earlier than we had originally planned, the drilling results have definitely supported that decision. Had we not revised our well plan, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to drill to the depths we are at today. In fact, we are now planning to potentially deepen the well to 5000 m (~16 400 ft), from the originally planned 4500 m.”

Zion’s CEO, Victor G. Carrillo, added, “Various factors have influenced our decision to drill ~500 m deeper than our originally planned total depth (TD). Most significantly is that we want to have the opportunity to see as much of the deep Triassic Mohilla Formation as possible in an effort to tap into the blessings of the deep that lies beneath (Genesis 49:25). We are now aiming for a TD that is just over three miles deep. The Mohilla is a significant oil producing horizon in Israel’s onshore Meged Field, discovered by the Israeli company named Givot Olam. That company’s website reports that over 700 000 bbls of high-quality oil has been produced out of the Mohilla in the Meged-5 well (from 2011 - 2013). That well was drilled to 4700 m, and the crude oil sales have yielded over US$60 million (as of June 2014).”

This week, Israel’s Petroleum Commissioner visited Zion’s MJ #1 well site for the first time and was pleased and supportive of the ongoing drilling operations.

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