Ausam announces successful frac at RDH Farms-1 well



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    CALGARY, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Ausam Energy Corporation ("Ausam" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce that the frac of the RDH Farms-1 well (Ausam
45% working interest) resulted in initial gas production of approximately
3.3 MMcfpd plus approximately 89 barrels of condensate per day with no
appreciable water and flowing tubing pressure at 7,750-psi through a 9/64-inch
choke during this final post-frac production test.
    Ballard Exploration Company ("Ballard", 50% working interest and
operator) has resumed production into the pipeline from the RDH Farms-1 well.
Pre-frac production testing delivered cumulative production of approximately
73 MMcf and 2,000 barrels of condensate. The RDH Farms-1 well is located in
Ausam's Wethorford prospect, Liberty County, Texas. The Company's Nolte Marsh
and Wiseman prospects are also located in Liberty County, Texas, target the
Cook Mountain formation and will be drilled into 3D seismic amplitude
anomalies that appear to be similar to the Wethorford prospect.

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those relating to production testing, are not necessarily indicative of future
performance. Those factors include, but are not limited to risks,
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associated with the uncertainty of reserve estimates, health and safety risks
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their entirety, by this cautionary statement.

    About Ausam

    Ausam is a public company engaged in the business of oil and gas
exploration and development. Ausam, through its U.S. subsidiary Noram
Resources, Inc, has acquired a diverse portfolio of oil and gas leases and
prospects in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. Ausam,
through its Australian subsidiary Ausam Resources Pty Ltd., holds interests in
permits in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. Ausam's growth strategy
includes the organic development of its current holdings and selective
corporate transactions. The Company trades under the symbol "AZE" on the TSX
Venture Exchange.

    William M. Hitchcock
    Chairman

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    This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of an offer to buy securities of Ausam in any jurisdiction. The
securities of Ausam have not been registered under the United States
Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"), or the securities laws of
any state of the United States, and may not be offered or sold in the United
States absent registration or an applicable exemption therefrom under the 1933
Act and the securities laws of all applicable states.

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For further information:

For further information: Mark G. Avery, Ausam Energy Corporation,
President and CEO, 1430, 1122 - 4th Street S.W., mavery@ausamenergy.com,
Calgary, Alberta, T2R 1M1, Tel: (403) 215-2380; Alastair J. Robertson, Chief
Financial Officer, arobertson@ausamenergy.com, Fax: (403) 206-1457, Web site:
www.ausamenergy.com

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