Sonoro Operational Update: Company Gains Access to Additional Data and Prepares for Drilling in Q3 2011

TSX Venture Exchange Symbol: SNV

CALGARY, May 17 /CNW/ - Sonoro Energy Ltd. ("Sonoro" or "the Company") (TSXV: SNV) is pleased to announce the following update for the Salah ad Din project.

Exploration
The Company has recently gained access to approximately 600 km of seismic and a significant amount of well data across the Salah ad Din Province from various third parties. These data sets are allowing the Company to mature additional leads and prospects throughout the province as well as to further de-risk the current drillable prospect at North Salah ad Din.

Preliminary analysis of well and seismic data around the North Salah ad Din prospect suggests that the structure is larger in size than the surface anticline, well over 10km in length with four-way closure confirmed in the Jeribe interval. The Jeribe is a prolific fractured limestone with regional extent, with typical accumulations containing over 1 billion barrels of asphalt resources in place. Furthermore, an additional structure is seen to be offsetting to the north and west that may have similar potential. With this data the Company can now finalize its first three appraisal well locations, proceeding to well construction and final well design, with a view to commencing drilling operations in Q3 2011.

Operations
The Company continues to build its operational team in Iraq with the recent addition of Mr. George Jankauskas as its Drilling Manager. Mr. Jankauskas has over 29 years' experience in production, drilling management and operations. Most recently, he was located in Cairo working for various companies including RWE Group AG, BP, Total and Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company. He also brings valuable regional experience to Sonoro, having been involved with the Tawke field's first drilling operations for DNO in Kurdistan. Formerly, he was involved in production operations with Koch Canada, Anglo Albanian Petroleum and Bankers Petroleum, building expertise in heavy oil drilling and operations.

Final bid documents are being prepared for drilling and services for the initial appraisal well program with the selection of service providers expected to be finalized in June 2011.

Richard Wadsworth, President and CEO, said "The Company has made significant progress in acquiring data and evaluating the resources in Salah ad Din. This additional information enables the Company to reduce early data acquisition capital costs and proceed directly to appraisal drilling on several prospects. Successful drilling and advancement of a commercial development would then closely integrate with our strategy on a topping facility being supplied by this resource. Further, the Company is quickly moving the project from one of planning to execution and building its technical and operational capabilities through the addition of key technical staff, both regionally and locally."

An updated corporate presentation is available on our website at www.sonoroenergy.com .

About Sonoro
Sonoro is an international oil exploration and development company. Our current focus is asphalt (heavy oil) resource exploration and development in Iraq. We have initiated the evaluation of resource opportunities within our recently signed asphalt license agreement in the province of Salah ad Din.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements, including the exploration success and development plans in Iraq, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those specific factors disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators. Such information contained herein represents management's best judgment as of the date hereof based on information currently available. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any forward-looking statement except in compliance with applicable securities laws.


SOURCE Sonoro Energy Ltd.

For further information:

RICHARD WADSWORTH
PRESIDENT & CEO

+1 403.262.3252
info@sonoroenergy.com
www.sonoroenergy.com

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