Trans-Orient Petroleum Announces New Board Appointment

    Canadian Entrepreneur Strengthens the Company's Board

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 17 /CNW/ -- Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd.
(OTC Bulletin Board:   TOPLF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alex
P. Guidi as a Director of the Company. Mr. Guidi is the principal of
International Resource Management Corp. (IREMCO), a Vancouver-based private
holding company with investments in oil and gas and technology companies.
    "We're pleased that Mr. Guidi has accepted this nomination," said Dr.
David Bennett, Executive Chairman of Trans-Orient. "As a highly successful
entrepreneur and the founder of oil and gas companies focused in and around
the Australasia region, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the company. That
knowledge will be a valuable complement to our expansion strategies."
    Mr. Guidi has nearly three decades of business leadership experience and
is the founder of a number of successful oil and gas, technology and real
estate enterprises. The Australasian oil and gas companies Mr. Guidi has
founded include Austral Pacific Energy Ltd., TAG Oil Ltd. and Trans-Orient
Petroleum Ltd.; combined, they continue to play a significant role in New
Zealand and Papua New Guinea's emerging oil and gas industries.
    Mr. Guidi stated, "I am extremely excited to become involved again with
Trans-Orient. In today's complex, high-cost environment, creating opportunity,
and more importantly creating long-term value for shareholders, has become
even more challenging for small independents. With Trans-Orient, I'm joining a
strong team with an outstanding track record that understands the distinct
challenges - and significant opportunities - that oil and gas companies face
in the region. That's what has motivated me to rejoin the Australasian venture
I incubated several years ago, as we work to energize Trans-Orient to the next
level of its corporate development."
    Beginning in the late 1980s, Mr. Guidi was involved in various Western
Canadian oil and gas ventures, including a participant in the development of
the Karr gas field. Mr. Guidi was also instrumental in transforming and
developing a small Alberta-based company into an oil and gas producer with a
significant undeveloped land position that was ultimately merged with
Bonavista Petroleum Ltd. at its early stages of development.
    Mr. Guidi is not a director of any other public company. To view Mr.
Guidi's share holdings in Trans-Orient, please click here:
    About Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd.
    Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd. is a Canadian-based corporation acquiring and
exploring for oil and gas in the Australasian region. Currently, the Company
holds a 100% interest in two lightly explored exploration permit areas
totaling approximately 2.2 million acres of the East Coast Basin of New
Zealand; the acreage contains several exploration play types with significant
undiscovered resource potential, including an unconventional opportunity
targeting the fractured oil and gas shale, which is widespread and thickly
developed across the acreage. Trans-Orient has also developed an oil and gas
acquisition and growth strategy that focuses on Australasia. In particular,
the strategy centers on New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Timor Sea,
where the Company's leadership team have had extensive experience and a proven
track record of success.

    Company Contact:
    Dan Brown +1.604-682-6496

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For further information: Dan Brown of Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd., 
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