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Cobalt Announces Drill Stem Test Results from Cameia #2 Lowest Interval and Provides Update on Operations

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cobalt Announces Drill Stem Test Results from Cameia #2 Lowest Interval and Provides Update on Operations

16:25 EDT Thursday, April 18, 2013

HOUSTON (Business Wire) -- Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (“Cobalt”) (NYSE: CIE) today announced that its drill stem test of the lowest interval drilled in the Cameia #2 well in Block 21, offshore Angola, did not produce measurable hydrocarbons. The Cameia #2 drill stem test did however confirm the existence of a lower interval potentially capable of high flow rates across the basin. This interval had not previously been penetrated or tested in the Kwanza Basin.

The Cameia #2 well did confirm the presence of the same high quality hydrocarbon bearing mound reservoir that was penetrated by the original Cameia #1 discovery well.

“While I am disappointed this deep interval did not flow oil to the surface, I am encouraged by this interval's potential for significant flow rates across the basin. This information is important as we continue the evaluation of the Kwanza Basin Pre-salt's upside potential,” noted James W. Farnsworth, Cobalt's Chief Exploration Officer. “In addition, as we previously announced, Cameia #2 confirmed the extension of the same exceptional mound reservoir as seen in Cameia #1.”

The results of this drill stem test have no bearing on the commerciality of the Cameia Mound Development Project and Cobalt is continuing to work with the Concessionaire to move this project to sanction.

The Diamond Offshore Ocean Confidence drilling rig is now in the process of temporarily abandoning the Cameia #2 well. The wellbore will be used as part of the Cameia Mound Development Project, which is expected to be sanctioned in early 2014. Following this operation the Ocean Confidence will move to and commence drilling the Mavinga #1 Pre-salt exploratory well located adjacent to and north of the Cameia discovery.

Update on Other Well Operations

Cobalt anticipates that the Pre-salt Lontra #1 exploratory well in Angola Block 20 will spud as planned in the second quarter of 2013. Lontra #1 will be drilled with the Petroserv Catarina rig, which is currently in Angola undergoing final acceptance testing.

In addition, the Ocean Rig Olympia drilling rig has spud the Diaman #1 well, located on the Diaba block, offshore Gabon. Diaman #1, which is operated by Total Gabon, will be the first deepwater Pre-salt well drilled in Gabon.

Finally, drilling operations continue in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico on the Ardennes Prospect, located in the prolific Inboard Lower Tertiary play. Cobalt plans to spud three additional wells during 2013 in the West African Pre-salt and the Gulf of Mexico Inboard Lower Tertiary trends.

About Cobalt

Cobalt is an independent oil exploration and production company active in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola and Gabon. Cobalt was formed in 2005 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 — that is, statements related to future, not past, events. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and include any statement that does not directly relate to a current or historical fact. In this context, forward-looking statements often address Cobalt's expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan,” “will” or other similar words. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that ultimately may not prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. For further discussion of risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Cobalt's SEC filings. Cobalt undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this press release, other than as required by law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Cobalt International Energy, Inc.
Investor Relations:
Richard A. Smith, +1-713-579-9141
Vice President, Investor Relations,
Compliance and Risk Management
or
Media Relations:
Lynne L. Hackedorn, +1-713-579-9115
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs

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