Orca Exploration Announces the Appointment of Dale Rollins as Chief Operating Officer


TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Orca Exploration Group Inc. ("Orca" or the "Company") announces the appointment of Dale Rollins as Chief Operating Officer ("COO") effective June 13, 2011.  Mr. Rollins will report directly to Orca Exploration Chairman and Chief Executive Officer W. David Lyons.  He will be based in the United Kingdom and will maintain offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

As COO Mr. Rollins will have broad management responsibilities including direction of all aspects of Orca's day-to-day operations, providing leadership in the implementation of Board strategies, implementing targets and plans and working closely with Orca Chairman & CEO David Lyons in developing the Company's asset portfolio.

Prior to joining Orca, Mr. Rollins had a highly successful 27-year career that included senior oil and gas management responsibilities in Nigeria, Russia, Australia, Europe and the United States. Mr. Rollins spent over 20 years with the Shell group of companies finally serving as Deputy Managing Director for Shell in Nigeria responsible for production operations and 25 ongoing major projects with production capacity of over 1 million barrels of oil per day, plus significant gas supply.

In Russia he was First Deputy Director General for NGK Itera, based in Moscow.  He also served as CEO and Managing Director of Sahara Energy Fields Ltd., a private company with interests in the mid and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. More recently he was the COO of Masdar, a company that is involved in the renewable energy sector. In that role he was based in Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.  Mr Rollins is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines with a degree in Geological Engineering.

As part of his new responsibilities with Orca Exploration, Mr Rollins will review all operating practices, systems and policies with a focus on increasing collaboration and implementing best practices at all levels.  The Company's current management team will report to Mr Rollins.

Orca Exploration is an international public company engaged in natural gas exploration, development and supply in Tanzania, the establishment of a coastal pipeline gas network in East Africa, oil and gas appraisal in Italy and the acquisition of additional new high potential exploration opportunities in Europe and Africa. Orca Exploration trades on the TSXV under the trading symbols ORC.B and ORC.A.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE Orca Exploration Group Inc.

For further information:

W. David Lyons, Chairman and CEO
      Nigel A. Friend, CFO
+255 (0)22 2138737

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