Winstar Provides Update on its Silurian Exploration Well in Southern Tunisia

CALGARY, Dec. 22 /CNW/ - Winstar Resources Ltd. ("Winstar" or "the Company") (TSX: WIX) provides an update on the drilling of Chouech Essaida Silurian #1 Well ("CS Sil #1"), on its 100% owned and operated Chouech Essaida Concession in Southern Tunisia. 

Winstar has successfully drilled its first Silurian exploration well CS Sil #1, to a total depth of 4,390 metres, ahead of budget in terms of both time and costs.  The well, spud in early November 2010, was drilled on an Ordovician structural high (anticline) defined by 3D seismic with the objective to test the commercial hydrocarbon potential of the Silurian Acacus Sandstone and a shallower secondary target in the Triassic TAGI Sandstone. 

Logging operations are nearing completion. Open-hole log data (including an MDT - Modular Formation Dynamic Tester) and well-site geological measurements and observations indicate hydrocarbon potential in the Silurian Tannezuft and Acacus sandstones, Devonian Ouan Kasa sandstones and the Triassic TAGI sandstones.  

The final production casing is scheduled to be installed this weekend. Testing of prospective Silurian zones is expected to commence in early January 2011 once the rig has been released and moved off location. The multi-zone testing program is expected to cumulatively take 2 to 3 weeks after which the Company will release the results.

The Company cautions that open-hole log results are interpretative and that a comprehensive production testing program is required to estimate the technical reservoir parameters and the longer term productive capacity of the well.

BOE

References herein to "boe" mean barrels of oil equivalent and is derived by converting gas to oil in the ratio of six thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of gas to one barrel (bbl) of oil.  Boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.  A boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf to 1 bbl is based upon an energy conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.  References herein to "boepd" means barrels of oil equivalent per day.

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Winstar Resources Ltd. is a Calgary based junior oil and gas company, which explores for, develops, produces, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas in Tunisia, Romania and Hungary. Winstar's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WIX.

SOURCE Winstar Resources Ltd.

For further information: For further information:

Mr. Charles de Mestral
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +41 22 361 14 45
E-mail: cdemestral@winstar-resources.ch
(Note: Mr. de Mestral is based in Europe, in a time zone eight hours ahead of Calgary time)

Or

Mr. David Monachello  
President 
Phone: +1 403 513 4200 
E-mail : dmonachello@winstar.ca 

Or

Mr. Bradley Giblin
Chief Financial Officer
Phone : +1 403 513 4207
E-mail : bgiblin@winstar.ca

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