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Coastal Energy Announces Successful Appraisal Well at Bua Ban North A

Monday, November 07, 2011

Coastal Energy Announces Successful Appraisal Well at Bua Ban North A05:30 EST Monday, November 07, 2011HOUSTON, Nov. 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coastal Energy Company (the "Company" or "Coastal") (TSX:CEN) (AIM:CEO) announces the successful result of the Bua Ban North A-09 appraisal well. The Bua Ban North A-09 well was drilled to a depth of 4,625 feet TVD on the western flank of the Bua Ban North A field approximately 1 mile north of the A-08 well. The A-09 encountered 42 feet of net pay in the Lower Miocene sand with 28% average porosity. The data from this well further confirms that the Bua Ban North A & B fields are connected on the western side of the structure. This well has provided the required confirmatory data to begin construction of centrally located permanent production facilities located between the A & B fields.  Due to the long reach of the well, the A-09 will be plugged and abandoned. The location will be re-drilled from the new planned central production facility. The Company will now spud the A-10 well, which is a horizontal well in the western fault block. The well is designed to improve production rates and ultimate recoveries. Randy Bartley, President & Chief Executive Officer, commented: "The results of the A-09 well provide us with final confirmation that the two fields are in communication on the western side of the structural closure and the entire Bua Ban North area is one hydrocarbon accumulation covering over 6000 acres. We now plan to drill a horizontal well to test the productivity of the Lower Micoene from a lateral.  Horizontal wells are expected to help maximize production and recovery factors. The results of the horizontal well will help us evaluate future development at Bua Ban North A & B. "The mobile production unit is expected to arrived on location at Bua Ban North A this week and we expect to begin tying in production from this field in the coming weeks." Randy Bartley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering and Jerry Moon, Vice President, Technical & Business Development, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a Licensed Professional Geoscientist and a Certified Petroleum Geologist in the state of Texas, have reviewed the contents of this announcement. Additional information, including the Company's complete competent person's report may be found on the Company's website at www.CoastalEnergy.com or may be found in documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Coastal Energy Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10062 This statement contains 'forward-looking statements' as defined by the applicable securities legislation. Statements relating to current and future drilling results, existence and recoverability of potential hydrocarbon reserves, production amounts or revenues, forward capital expenditures, operation costs, oil and gas price forecasts and similar matters are based on current data and information and should be viewed as forward-looking statements. Such statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks and uncertainties beyond Coastal Energy's control. Actual results may differ substantially from the forward-looking statements. CONTACT: Coastal Energy Company +1 (713) 877-6793 Email: investor@CoastalEnergy.com Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser) +44 (0) 20 7409 3494 Rory Murphy Paul Cocker Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited (Broker) +44 (0) 20 3037 2000 Ben Colegrave Paul Connolly FirstEnergy Capital LLP (Broker) +44 (0) 20 7448 0200 Hugh Sanderson Travis Inlow Buchanan Communications +44 (0) 20 7466 5000 Tim Thompson Ben Romney