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AN26: Talisman Energy Inc.: Talisman Energy Flows High Quality Oil from Kurdamir-2 Well

  AN26: Talisman Energy Inc.: Talisman Energy Flows High Quality Oil from
  Kurdamir-2 Well

UK Regulatory Announcement

CALGARY, ALBERTA

         TALISMAN ENERGY FLOWS HIGH QUALITY OIL FROM KURDAMIR-2 WELL

Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) (NYSE:TLM) has confirmed a significant
accumulation of light oil in the Kurdamir-2 well in the Kurdistan Region of
northern Iraq.

“We are very excited to have found high quality oil with significant flow
rates in the lower part of the Oligocene formation,” said Richard Herbert,
Executive Vice-President, Exploration. “We are preparing to test two
additional zones in the oil leg over the coming weeks. Plans are underway to
drill an appraisal well, Kurdamir-3, adjacent to this discovery, in early
2013.”

The cased-hole test was conducted in the deeper part of the Oligocene
formation and follows on the initial open-hole test conducted in March 2012.
The test targeted 20 metres of fractured reservoir below the main porous zone.
This zone tested at stabilized rates of up to 3,450 bbls/d of 38 degree API
oil and 8.8 mmcf/d of natural gas over a two-day period. The final rate was
achieved on a 72/64” choke with a wellhead flowing pressure of 810 psi. The
results of this test confirm the presence of an oil column of at least 146
metres in the Oligocene reservoir, with no evidence yet of the oil-water
contact level. The deeper extent of the oil column will be appraised by the
drilling of the Kurdamir-3 well.

Talisman is operator of the Kurdamir Block, with a 40% working interest. Joint
venture participants include WesternZagros Limited, with a 40% working
interest, and the Kurdistan Regional Government, with a 20% carried interest.

Talisman Energy Inc. is a global upstream oil and gas company, headquartered
in Canada. Talisman has three main operating areas: the Americas (North
America and Colombia), Southeast Asia and the North Sea, with an active
exploration program across all three. Talisman is committed to conducting
business safely, in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and is
included in the Dow Jones Sustainability (North America) Index. Talisman is
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TLM.
Please visit our website at www.talisman-energy.com.

For further information, please contact:
Media and General Inquiries:
David Mann, 403-237-1196
Vice-President
Corporate & Investor Communications
tlm@talisman-energy.com
or
Shareholder and Investor Inquiries:
LyleMcLeod, 403-237-1020
Vice-President
Investor Relations
tlm@talisman-energy.com

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information” or “forward-looking statements” (collectively “forward-looking
information”) within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. This
forward-looking information includes, among others, statements regarding:
business strategy, priorities and plans; planned appraisal drilling in the
Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq; and other expectations, beliefs, plans,
goals, objectives, assumptions, information and statements about possible
future events, conditions, results of operations or performance. The factors
or assumptions on which the forward-looking information is based include:
assumptions inherent in current guidance; projected capital investment levels;
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continuation of tax, royalty and regulatory regimes; ability to obtain
regulatory and partner approval; commodity price and cost assumptions; and
other risks and uncertainties described in the filings made by the company
with securities regulatory authorities. The company believes the material
factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking
information are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these factors,
expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct.

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risks of the oil and gas industry, such as operational risks in exploring for,
developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties
involving geology of oil and gas deposits; the uncertainty of reserves and
resources estimates and underlying reservoir risk; the uncertainty of
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