Sterling Resources Announces Restart of Production from Breagh

CALGARY, Dec. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSXV: SLG) ("Sterling" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the restart of Breagh production on December 27, 2013.  This follows a period of approximately seven weeks shut-in as a result of a significant production incident on November 7th, as reported earlier. The investigation into the production incident continues with an expected completion date at the end of January 2014. However, interim feedback from the investigation has identified the necessary actions to permit production restart and continuation of re-commissioning activities following the replacement of the barred tee-junction and various other repairs to the inlet to the gas plant.

Initial production rates from the field will be variable as these commissioning activities progress. In addition, a two day planned shutdown is scheduled for the first week of January 2014 to allow the Ensco 70 drilling rig to move off location and transfer to a shipyard for necessary work required as part of normal marine certification requirements.

Breagh well A07 has been drilled to total depth having encountered reservoir sands in accordance with prognosis. The well has been suspended with the completion tubing run and the Xmas tree set. The Ensco 70 rig is scheduled to return early in the second quarter of 2014 to bring the A07 well into production using hydraulic stimulation, before completing the Phase 1 drilling program by drilling an additional production well A08. Completing well A07 using hydraulic stimulation is planned to provide enhanced production to Phase 1, while also providing valuable information to support Phase 2 investment decisions.

Sterling is a Canadian-listed international oil and gas company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with assets in the United Kingdom, Romania, France and the Netherlands. The common shares are listed and posted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture (TSX-V) exchange under the symbol "SLG".

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SOURCE Sterling Resources Ltd.

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Jacob Ulrich, Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Phone: 44-20-3008-8485, Mobile: 44-7876-346399, jake.ulrich@sterling-resources.com

David Blewden, Chief Financial Officer, Phone: 44-20-3008-8488, Mobile: 44-7771-740804, david.blewden@sterling-resources.com

George Kesteven, Manager, Corporate and Investor Relations, Phone: (403) 215-9265, Mobile: (403) 519-3912, george.kesteven@sterling-resources.com