TAG Oil Announces Oil Discovery at Cheal Step Out Well

    VANCOUVER, July 11 /CNW/ - Oil and gas producer and explorer, TAG Oil
Ltd. (TSX-V: TAO/OTCBB: TAGOF), announces the success of the Cheal A7 step-out
well at the Cheal oil field, located in the onshore Taranaki Basin, New
Zealand. The well has been drilled, logged and both of the Mt. Messenger
sandstone reservoirs targeted are interpreted as oil saturated.
    "We are pleased with the results of the Cheal A7 step-out well, the
electrical logs indicate good quality reservoir sands over both the MM2 and
MM3 zones. We look forward to increased production flowing into the Cheal
facility at a time of record high oil prices," said Garth Johnson, Chief
Executive Officer.
    The Cheal A7 well was drilled to a total measured depth of 1848 meters
and intercepted approximately 7 meters of oil bearing sands within the Mt.
Messenger formation. The Cheal Joint Venture (TAG 30.5%) is in the process of
completing the well and preparing a temporary tie back into the Cheal
Production Facility to production test the well in the near future.
    Mr. Johnson further commented "We also look forward to incorporating the
new data from both the Cheal A6 and A7 wells into our 3D seismic model. We're
optimistic this newly acquired data will help us define future exploration
drilling opportunities in the greater Cheal trend where TAG holds a 30.5%
interest in the 11,500-acre Cheal Exploration Permit."

    About TAG Oil Ltd.

    TAG Oil Ltd. is a new oil and gas producer in the Taranaki Basin, New
Zealand. TAG, is well funded, debt free and is poised to grow through
production, development and exploration drilling on the Company's high-graded
Taranaki exploration acreage.

    Forward Looking Statements:

    Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts
are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainty
affecting the business of TAG Oil. Actual results may vary materially from the
information provided in this release. As a result there is no representation
by TAG Oil that the actual results realized in the future will be the same in
whole or in part as those presented herein. Actual results may differ
materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be
considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause
actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
statements, are set forth in, but are not limited to, filings that the Company
and its independent evaluator have made, including the Company's most recent
reports in Canada under National Instrument 51-102 and in the United States
under Forms 20-F and 6K.

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

For further information:

For further information: Garth Johnson, CEO, (604) 609-3350; Website:

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