Trans-Orient Petroleum Provides Operational Update and Files Third Quarter Results

    VANCOUVER, June 26 /CNW/ - Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd. (TSX-V: TOZ and
OTCBB: TOPLF) announces that the Company is progressing a number of field
operations related to the Company's unconventional oil and gas plays located
onshore in the East Coast basin of New Zealand:

    PEP 38349 - Boar Hill Prospect:

    -   Completed the 1.7km Boar Hill-1 access road and high-grade drilling
        pad in preparation for drilling operations.
    -   Approved a shallow (150-200m) stratigraphic test well to be drilled
        on the Boar Hill drilling pad in early July 2009. Geological data
        from this well is critical to the design of the deeper (1100-1500m)
        unconventional Waipawa/Whangai Shale test well to follow.
    -   Applied for an extension to the deep well drilling deadline from
        November 2009 to March 2010 to accommodate the local landowners
        request for minimal disruption during lambing season.

    PEP 50940:

    -   Recently awarded a contract to reprocess existing 2D seismic.
    -   Initiated planning for a geochemical and gas seep analysis program
        combined with surface geological mapping to be conducted in late

    Trans-Orient CEO Garth Johnson said, "As our Boar Hill drilling date
approaches we are taking pro-active steps to ensure our drilling operations
are conducted successfully and efficiently. The shallow stratigraphic test
well at Boar Hill will use a small, relatively inexpensive rig to address
historical drilling difficulties related to the Wanstead Formation before we
move the big rig in to drill to our target formations."
    In other news the Company has filed its unaudited consolidated financial
statements and the accompanying management's discussion and analysis for the
period ending April 30, 2009, as required pursuant to National Instruments
51-101 and 51-102. Copies of these documents can be obtained electronically at or through the Company's website at

    About Trans-Orient:

    Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd. is a Canadian-based, Australasian-focused
company with significant interests in the East Coast Basin of New Zealand.
This high-potential unconventional oil and gas frontier encompasses the main
play area where Trans-Orient is targeting fractured-shale oil and gas
source-rock formations.

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable legislation.
Other than statements of historical fact, all statements in this release
addressing future operations, undiscovered hydrocarbon resource potential,
exploration, potential reservoirs, prospects, leads and other contingencies
are forward-looking statements. Although management believes the expectations
expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable
assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance, and
actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking
statements due to factors such as market prices, farm-outs, relinquishments,
exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and
general economic, market, political or business conditions. Please see our
public filings at for further information.

    Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
    that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Garth Johnson, CEO, (604) 682-6496,

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