Sterling announces results of successful Breagh well test

    CALGARY, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:  SLG)
    Sterling is pleased to announce that the Breagh appraisal well, in UK
Southern North Sea Block 42/13, has successfully tested gas at rates up to
17.6-million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) through a 56/64-inch choke.
Following a further 12-hour flow period at a controlled rate of 14.3-mmscfd
against a circa 1,550-psi wellhead flowing pressure, the well is currently
shut in for a pressure build up survey. The test interval in 42/13-3 is within
the Carboniferous with perforations from 7,332 feet to 7,447 feet and the
rates recorded are at the top end of pre-well estimates.
    Based on preliminary analysis completed since the well results were
obtained, the correlation of certain geological features between the original
discovery well 42/13-2 well drilled in 1997 and the 42/13-3 well is
encouraging. In particular, the presence of good quality sand in the more
crestal 42/13-3 location is significant and may suggest that this upper
sand-prone section, which has better reservoir quality, has a widespread
distribution. The net thickness noted in the 42/13-2 and 42/13-3 wells, which
are 1.5-kilometres apart, is consistent with the potential for significant gas
volumes within the area currently mapped as West Breagh. Further significant
potential is still mapped in the East Breagh part of the structure and initial
planning is underway to drill and evaluate this part of the structure as part
of a multi-well appraisal program in 2008. As with the current 42/13-3 well,
all future wells will be planned to be retained for re-entry and possible
    After farm out, Sterling retains a 45-percent interest in the Breagh
discovery. The Company also holds working interests ranging from 60-percent to
100-percent in the eleven blocks which surround Breagh and which are mapped as
having significant prospectivity.
    Stewart Gibson, CEO, commented "A significant part of the Breagh story
was the ability to prove that a new well could be drilled and tested without
damaging the reservoir section and this in turn would lead to test rates
significantly higher than those achieved in the 1997 discovery well. I would
like to congratulate the technical team and all those involved in the current
well operations for doing just that".

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that involve
substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are
beyond Sterling's control, including: the impact of general economic
conditions in the areas in which Sterling operates, civil unrest, industry
conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new
environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and
enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified
personnel or management, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or
interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of
regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties
associated with oil and gas operations, therefore Sterling's actual results,
performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or
implied by, these forward-looking statements. All statements included in this
press release that address activities, events or developments that Sterling
expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are
forward-looking statements. These statements include future production rates,
completion and production timetables and costs to complete wells, and
production facilities. These statements are based on assumptions made by
Sterling based on its experience perception of historical trends, current
conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are
appropriate in the circumstances.

    Sterling Resources Ltd. is an international oil and gas company 
headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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For further information:

For further information: visit or contact
either: Ken J. Croft, Investor Relations, Phone: (403) 215-9265, Fax: (403)
215-9279,; or Stewart G. Gibson, Chief Executive
Officer, Phone: 44-133082-6717, Mobile: 44-7768-042219,

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