DualEx Announces Tunisia Exploration Block



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    CALGARY, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - DualEx Energy International Inc. (TSX-V: "DXE")
is pleased to announce that its bid for the Bouhajla Exploration Block in
Eastern onshore Tunisia has been approved by the Tunisian Ministry of Industry
and Energy's Comite Consultatif des Hydrocarbures. DualEx's bid entails the
issuance of a Production Sharing Contract ("PSC") that would see DualEx
undertake a minimum of 100 kilometres of new 2D seismic within the first two
years of the term, and the drilling of a minimum of one exploration well
within the succeeding two years. DualEx will hold 100% of the contractor share
and would be the operator. The issuance of the PSC is subject to finalization
of the detailed terms and Government ratification.
    The Bouhajla Block lies in the western portion of the Pelagian Basin east
of the North-South Axis, a major tectonic boundary in northeastern Tunisia.
Approximately 275 line kilometers of 2D seismic of various vintages lie within
the block boundary and from this data a number of structures have been
identified at the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Abiod level including
faulted anticlines, salt diapirs, and tilted fault blocks. The Abiod formation
is a fractured chalk with significant flow capacity.
    The eastern boundary of the 416 km(2) Bouhajla Block lies 7 kilometres
west of the prolific Sidi el Kilani field. Discovered in 1989, Sidi el Kilani
is a well-documented faulted anticline that has produced (to date)
approximately 47 million barrels of light gravity crude oil (41 degrees API)
from six producing wells in the Abiod formation. Production rates of up to
9300 barrels of oil per day have been observed in an individual wellbore at
Sidi el Kilani.
    Garry Hides, DualEx's President and CEO commented, "We're very pleased to
have been awarded the Bouhajla Block. This Block will provide DualEx with an
operated exploration project in an established hydrocarbon basin with
significant potential. Proximity to the Sidi el Kilani field and the
occurrence of similar structures on the Bouhajla Block makes for a compelling
exploration project."

    DualEx Energy International Inc. is an oil and gas exploration company
with a focus on the greater Mediterranean area. DualEx's common shares trade
on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "DXE".

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements are
based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Any
forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and DualEx does not
undertake any obligation, except as required under applicable law, to publicly
update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent or
otherwise.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.

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For further information: For this and other information about DualEx
Energy International Inc., please visit our website at www.dualexen.com, or
contact Garry Hides (President & CEO) at (403) 265-8011.

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