NWest Energy Seismic Acquisition Operational Update

    ST. JOHN'S, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - NWest Energy Inc. ("NWest" or "the Company"
TSX-V: NWN) has been advised by Geophysical Service Inc. ("GSI"), the seismic
operator, that the Exploration 3D ("E3D") seismic acquisition program offshore
Western Newfoundland has been completed for 2008. Processing of this data is
now underway towards target delineation of NWest's high-graded prospects
currently mapped on previously acquired seismic data. Processing and
interpretation of the survey is likely to take several months.
    The current program, though reduced in size from initial plans, covers a
survey area totalling approximately 500 sq km, representing 100% of the
Southern area and 40% of the Central area. The operations were concluded in
late December as continued adverse weather and sea-state conditions made safe
operations and further seismic acquisition impractical. However, several key
geophysical targets were surveyed and this new data will assist in defining
specific drill targets.
    NWest President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Gauthier said: "We
are very pleased to have acquired high quality data across our primary target
area. We are excited to be moving into the next phase of the project which is
to integrate the results of both the new E3D seismic data and existing 2D
seismic data in order to identify drill-ready prospects."
    The Company will incorporate this new data into its existing
interpretation and continue to solicit joint venture partners to drill this
underexplored frontier basin. In 2007 Sproule Associates Limited of Calgary,
Alberta prepared an NI-51-101 compliant petroleum resource assessment of
NWest's offshore exploration licences and concluded that "the 11 most
significant geophysical anomalies herein considered as forming the initial
exploratory drilling phase of NWest's ongoing program may have an undiscovered
in place-resource in the order of 3.8 billion barrels". The recently completed
seismic program was designed to further delineate some of these geophysical
targets. The offshore licenses have never been drilled but the resource
estimate does underscore the world class potential of the company's licences.
Further information regarding the company and its exploration licences is
available at www.nwestenergy.com.

    About NWest Energy

    NWest Energy is an innovative Canadian junior oil and gas company
developing high-margin frontier basins and legacy assets for long-term,
sustainable value creation. To date, NWest has acquired four properties,
located off the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. All properties have
defined seismic targets along with considerable exploration potential to host
large oil and gas reservoirs. Through its exploration licenses, NWest holds
approximately 1.6 million acres of highly prospective property in a
geologically favourable environment for exploration.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The
    statements made in this News Release may contain certain forward-looking
    statements. Actual events or results may differ from the Company's
    expectations. Certain risk factors may also affect the actual results
    achieved by the Company.

    There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to
be accurate. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize,
or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary
materially from any conclusions, forecasts or projections described in the
forward-looking information. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place
undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as required under
applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to
publicly update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of
new information, future events or otherwise.
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For further information:

For further information: François Gauthier, President & Chief Executive
Officer, (709) 722-3757; Robert Webb, VP Business Development & Operations,
(709) 722-3959; info@nwestenergy.com

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