Heritage Oil provides Uganda operations update


    CALGARY, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Heritage Oil Corporation (TSX: HOC) today
provides an update on its operations in Block 3A and Block 1 in Uganda, where
the work programs have been accelerated following the discovery of a major new
hydrocarbon system in the Lake Albert Basin. This discovery includes the
successful Kingfisher-1 discovery well earlier this year, which production
tested at rates of approximately 13,900 barrels of oil per day. Extensive 3D
and 2D programs have identified a number of extremely attractive targets in
Blocks 3A and 1, for which multi-well drilling programs are planned to
commence early in the first quarter of 2008.

    Seismic Acquisition Programs

    Block 3A

    A 325 sq km 3D seismic survey was acquired over the Kingfisher and
neighbouring Pelican structures during the summer and is currently in the
process of being interpreted. The improved 3D data quality confirms that the
Kingfisher structure is very large, with an areal extent of between 70 and 100
square kilometres. The data also identifies a number of appraisal/development
targets within the Kingfisher structure for a multi-well drilling program from
land and on the lake.
    The 3D data indicates the Pelican structure is closed with a roll-over
into the basin margin fault giving four-way dip closure. This very attractive
structure, to the north east of Kingfisher, is drillable from the lake.
    A 530 km 2D seismic acquisition program has just been completed in Block
3A in Lake Albert, thereby completing seismic acquisition for this block
enabling appraisal and development drilling phases to commence on Kingfisher
as well as exploration drilling elsewhere on the block. This most recent
program was acquired using the same high resolution equipment as the 3D
survey, to in-fill previously acquired 2D surveys and cover previously
un-surveyed areas of Lake Albert, in order to identify additional drilling

    Block 1

    A 2D seismic survey is also being acquired in Block 1. The original
500 km program has been extended due to positive results from the initial
172 km survey in the southern part of the block, where a trend of relatively
shallow structures has been identified with associated amplitude anomalies. An
in-fill program in the southern part of the block is now also being acquired
to further define drilling targets on this structural trend. Oil is known to
have migrated into Block 1, as evidenced by the active oil seep within the
block located at Paraa, this with the presence of amplitude anomalies further
supports the presence of hydrocarbons within the block.

    Drilling Programs

    Block 3A

    The high-impact Kingfisher appraisal drilling program is scheduled to
commence at the beginning of 2008, following the release of the Nabors 221
rig, upon completion of scheduled drilling operations in neighbouring Block 2.
This same land rig will be used to drill up to three appraisal wells from
onshore on Kingfisher, as it has the capability to reach the depth of the
primary target horizon not reached by previous Kingfisher drilling. The
previous Kingfisher-1 well produced approximately 13,900 barrels of oil per
day from shallower secondary target horizons.
    Drilling of the Pelican prospect and other prospects in the lake
identified by recent seismic programs is planned to commence in the second
half of 2008. Tender documents to obtain a rig have been issued recently.

    Block 1

    The drilling program in Block 1 has been accelerated following drilling
success in neighbouring licenses, as well as the exciting results from the
current seismic program. A two to three well exploration drilling program is
scheduled to commence early in the first half of 2008, concentrated on the
shallower targets in the southern part of the block. Tender documents are
currently being evaluated to contract a rig.


    There has been certain inaccurate reporting of two incidents on Lake
Albert that took place yesterday. Security has increased recently and the
United Nations is maintaining a presence and undertaking periodic routine
checks to provide further stability in the region. One such inspection took
place yesterday when a United Nations boat made contact with one of Heritage's
seismic vessels. This vessel was within Ugandan waters in Lake Albert in the
process of lifting cables to mark the completion of the seismic survey. This
was a routine check, not hostile, and there was full co-operation. After a
short interview at shore the vessel and crew were released and returned to
base in Uganda. In a separate, unrelated, isolated incident there appears to
have been a clash between border forces. No employees or sub-contractors of
Heritage were involved. It is apparent that following the recent Presidential
summit the Governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are
trying to resolve any issues peacefully so that events should not escalate.

    Heritage is an international oil and gas corporation with a diversified
portfolio of properties, including a producing property in the Sultanate of
Oman, a development property in Russia and exploration projects in the
Republic of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Company is also
pursuing opportunities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and in other areas of
    The Company's Common Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
symbol HOC.

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    Except for statements of historical fact, all statements in this news
release - including, without limitation, statements regarding production
estimates and future plans and objectives of Heritage - are forward-looking
statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no
assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and
future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
anticipated results include risks and uncertainties such as: risks relating to
estimates of reserves and recoveries; production and operating cost
assumptions; development risks and costs; the risk of commodity price
fluctuations; political and regulatory risks; and other risks and
uncertainties as disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in its AIF and
elsewhere in Heritage documents filed from time-to-time with the Toronto Stock
Exchange and other regulatory authorities. Further, any forward-looking
statement is made only as of a certain date and the Company undertakes no
obligation to update any forward-looking statement or statements to reflect
events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or
reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by
applicable securities laws. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is
not possible for management of the Company to predict all of these factors and
to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company's business
or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual
results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking

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For further information:

For further information: Investors Relations Contacts: CHF Investor
Relations: Cathy Hume, Tel (416) 868-1079 x231, Email cathy@chfir.com; Kelly
Cody, Tel (416) 868-1079 x223, Email kelly@chfir.com; Heritage Oil
Corporation: Contact Details: Tony Buckingham, Paul Atherton, Tel +41 91 973
1800, +44 870 011 5555, (403) 234-9974, Email info@heritageoilcorp.com

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