Africa Oil Announces Spud of Sabisa Well in South Omo Permit

Africa Oil Announces Spud of Sabisa Well in South Omo Permit in
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/13 -- Africa Oil
Corp. ("Africa Oil" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AOI) (OMX:AOI) is
pleased to announce the commencement of drilling operations on the
Sabisa-1 well in the South Omo Block in Ethiopia. The well was spud
on January 13, 2013 by the Operator, Tullow Oil Plc ("Tullow") and is
currently drilling ahead. The well is expected to take approximately
60 days to reach the planned total depth of 2,600 meters. Africa Oil
holds a 30% working interest in the block with Tullow holding a 50%
interest and Agriterra Limited ("Agriterra") holding the remaining
20% interest. Marathon Oil Ethiopia B.V. ("Marathon") has announced a
transaction to purchase Agriterra's interest in the South Omo Block.
This transaction is subject to Ethiopian Government approval.  
The South Omo Block is located in the northern portion of the
Tertiary East African Rift trend where Africa Oil and their partner,
Tullow, have made two significant discoveries in the Lokichar Basin
of Kenya. The Sabisa well is located on a similar structural feature
as those two discoveries, along a major basinal fault trend. The
basin that this well is located in is slightly younger in age than
the Lokichar Basin. One of the primary goals of this well is to prove
that the petroleum system extends to the north which could open up a
new sub-basin if successful. There are numerous prospects and leads
on trend with Sabisa. Partners are currently acquiring 1,000 km of 2D
seismic data in the Chew Bahir Basin, located in the eastern portion
of the block. Prospects identified from this newly acquired survey
could provide future drilling candidates that would test another
sub-basin within the Tertiary rift trend.  
Africa Oil President Keith Hill commented, "This is an exciting well
which has the potential to de-risk a large portion of our current
portfolio of prospects. With the aggressive exploration campaign
planned with our partners Tullow and Marathon in 2013, we will have
the opportunity to dramatically change the profile of the Company in
the upcoming year. With our recent financing completed, we are well
situated to execute one of the most exciting exploration campaigns in
the world class East African play fairway." 
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About Africa Oil 
Africa Oil Corp. is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in
Kenya, Ethiopia and Mali as well as Puntland (Somalia) through its
approximate 45% equity interest in Horn Petroleum Corporation. Africa
Oil's East African holdings are in within a world-class exploration
play fairway with a total gross land package in this prolific region
in excess of 250,000 square kilometers. The East African Rift Basin
system is one of the last of the great rift basins to be explored.
New discoveries have been announced on all sides of Africa Oil's
virtually unexplored land position including the major Albert Graben
oil discovery in neighboring Uganda. Africa Oil's recent Ngamia-1
discovery extends the Albert Graben play into Kenya where Africa Oil
along with partner Tullow Oil plc hold a dominant acreage position.
Newly acquired seismic and gravity data show robust leads and
prospects throughout Africa Oil's project areas. The Company is
listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and on First North at NASDAQ
OMX-Stockholm under the symbol "AOI". 
Keith C. Hill, President and CEO 
Africa Oil's Certified Advisor on NASDAQ OMX First North is Pareto
Ohman AB. 
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 
Africa Oil Corp.
Sophia Shane
Corporate Development
(604) 689-7842
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