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88 Energy announce second light oil discovery

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Oilfield Technology,

88 Energy has announced further successful flow test results from the Company’s Hickory-1 discovery well, located in Project Phoenix on the North Slope of Alaska.

Managing Director, Ashley Gilbert, commented: “Having now successfully demonstrated light oil flow from two reservoirs at Hickory-1 in recent weeks, it is clear that this is a significant milestone in the history of 88 Energy. The USFS success represents the first time that we have successfully flowed oil to surface in Alaska – and under natural flow – as well as being the first time we have confirmed a light oil discovery of substantial scale in close proximity to the critical Dalton Highway and Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System infrastructure. To then achieve a second successful flow of light oil from the SMD-B reservoir, with a low gas/oil ratio, is an outstanding outcome for 88 Energy and its shareholders.

The flowing of light oil from multiple reservoirs demonstrates the potential that this acreage holds for our shareholders, positioning the Company to grow and extract value from Project Phoenix via multiple potential development and commercialisation pathways. These include farm-out to a strategic partner in pursuit of a carry towards a development proposition and/or accelerated, capital-lite production given the highly development-friendly location of Hickory-1 within the North Slope. Development of these reservoirs is anticipated to be via long horizontal production wells, with numerous production analogues elsewhere demonstrating many multiple times the flow rates achieved from vertical wells.

Detailed evaluation of these development options, and pursuit of the optimal pathway, is the process that we are now set to undertake over the coming months. This work will be undertaken alongside the assessment of independent Contingent Resource declarations for the SFS and SMD reservoirs at Hickory-1, which will be additive to the BFF Contingent Resource previously declared. It is a busy and exciting time ahead for 88 Energy.”

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