West Announces Exploration Update


    CALGARY, April 19 /CNW/ - West Energy Ltd. ("West" or "Company", TSX:
"WTL") updates its first quarter 2007 exploration activities.
    West is pleased to announce the results of its strategy to position the
Company in two high impact light oil exploration programs. Over the past three
years West Energy Ltd. (West) has been known for its land, drilling prospect
inventory and production base in the prolific Pembina Nisku trend of west
central Alberta. Considerable capital resources and efforts were expended on
the Nisku play because:

    1.  The play was proven with enough information to understand the
        hydrocarbon reserve potential and to quantify the risks.
    2.  The fairway once defined had extensive running room to capture a
        meaningful land position.
    3.  The geological concept has a large reserve and production growth

    West has looked for additional exploration plays with similar
characteristics. As a result of its winter prospect acquisition program the
Company is now well positioned in two areas with large reserve and production
growth potential and has recently assembled a significant land, 3D seismic and
light oil prospect inventory in the following play fairways:

    Puskwa Area

    Recent drilling by industry players has proven the Puskwa Beaverhill Lake
Formation sand play to be one of Canada's most prolific sweet light oil plays.
Over the past two years West and its joint venture partner have defined the
play fairway and identified a number of potential productive sand trends. This
winter West shot 117 square miles of 3D seismic data, acquired 150 miles of 2D
data and 33,560 gross acres of P&NG rights. West has a 50% interest in the
lands and is designated operator. Combining the technical strengths of two
companies allowed West to recently capture a very exciting position on this
play fairway. A number of prospects and leads have been identified and the
companies plan to drill four exploration wells on the lands in 2007. The
Company and its 50% partner have incurred $15 million to date on prospect
acquisition in the Puskwa light oil fairway.

    Crossfire Area

    West and another joint venture partner completed a recent 80 square mile
proprietary 3D seismic program to extend the Pembina Nisku trend northeast of
the Company's 2006 Crossfire discovery at 13-2-50-6W5. Utilizing the new 3D,
West captured new prospects at a recent land sale and through farm-in
arrangements. The Company now has an interest in or the right to drill on over
49,000 gross acres in the Crossfire area. West's interest in the lands varies
between 30% and 100% and is the operator. West has confirmed that the 13-2 oil
well contained solution gas with a H2S content of only 3.5%. The Company is
planning on drilling up to 8 wells in the Crossfire area in 2007. Licensing of
the wells is underway and the next well is anticipated to spud in July. The
Company plans to spend up to $25 million at Crossfire in 2007.


    West is an exploration company with a significant land, seismic and
prospect inventory in western Canada's two largest light oil fairways: the
Pembina Nisku fairway and the Puskwa Beaverhill Lake sand play.

    Reader's Advisory:
    Certain information regarding West Energy Ltd. in this news release
including management's assessment of production estimates, enhanced oil
recovery projects, future plans and operations, and their timing may
constitute forwarding-looking statements under applicable securities laws and
necessarily involve risks including, without limitation, risks associated with
oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and
transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, currency
fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks,
competition from other producers, inability to retain drilling rigs and other
services, incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions, failure to
realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, delays resulting from or
inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access
sufficient capital from internal and external sources. As a consequence,
actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the
forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of
factors is not exhausted. Additional information on these and other factors
that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection
as reflected in the forward-looking information and that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking
statements are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory
authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) or
at the Corporation's website (www.westenergy.ca). Furthermore, the
forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as the date
of this news release and the Corporation does not undertake any obligation to
update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as
may be required by applicable securities laws.

    BOE's may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. In accordance
with NI-51-101, a BOE conversion ratio for natural gas of 6 Mcf: 1 Bbl has
been used which is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily
applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalence at the

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For further information:

For further information: Ken McCagherty, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Email: mccagherty@westenergy.ca, Direct Phone: (403) 716-3458; OR,
Rick Jaggard, Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Email:
rjaggard@westenergy.ca, Direct Phone: (403) 716-3457

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