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TAG Oil Commences Drilling of First Horizontal Well in the Abu-Roash “F” Development in the Badr Oil Field


TAG Oil Ltd. (TSXV: TAO and OTCQX: TAOIF) (“TAG Oil” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the first horizontal well, BED4-T100 (“T100”) in the Badr Oil Field (“BED-1”) in the Western Desert of Egypt, has commenced drilling and is currently through a depth of 600 meters. The well will target oil in the Abu-Roash “F” (“ARF”) unconventional tight, carbonate reservoir at projected depth total vertical depth of 3,300 meters. The decision to spud the T100 well is the result of careful planning and comprehensive geological and geophysical studies conducted by TAG Oil’s experienced unconventional development team. The Company anticipates that the T100 well will be completed by calendar Q4 2023, and detailed drilling and completion updates will be provided in due course.

Commencing the T100 drilling program marks a significant milestone in the Company’s operations and ongoing commitment to unlocking the ARF reservoir’s potential in BED-1. The T100 well design includes a vertical pilot assessment well for potential coring, open-hole logging, formation imaging, pressure measurement and fluid sampling, followed by cement plug-back of lower vertical pilot hole and whip-stock drilling of build and lateral horizontal sections in the ARF reservoir. Information obtained during the drilling of the T100 well, including mud logging and drill cuttings to assess the reservoir quality across the lateral section, will be used in conjunction with the work completed on the geo-mechanical properties and 3D seismic interpretation in the area to design the well completion and fracture stimulation program. Performance from the T100 well will be used for planning and executing future drilling plans that the Company expects to initiate by calendar Q1 2024.

The Company also reports that it anticipates filing its fiscal Q1 2024 financial results by August 29, 2023. A copy of TAG Oil’s financial statements, and management discussion and analysis for its fiscal Q1 2024 period will be available on SEDAR+ (, and on the Company’s website.

About TAG Oil Ltd.

TAG Oil ( is a Canadian based international oil and gas exploration company with a focus on opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.

For further information:

Toby Pierce, Chief Executive Officer

Phone: 1 604 609 3355

Email: [email protected]

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

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainty affecting the business of TAG Oil. All estimates and statements that describe the Company’s operations are forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary materially from the information provided in this release, and there is no representation by TAG Oil that the actual results realized in the future will be the same in whole or in part as those presented herein. TAG Oil undertakes no obligation, except as otherwise required by law, to update these forward-looking statements if management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors change.

Exploration for hydrocarbons is a speculative venture necessarily involving substantial risk. The Company’s future success in exploiting and increasing its current resource base will depend on its ability to develop its current properties and on its ability to discover and acquire properties or prospects that are capable of commercial production. However, there is no assurance that the Company’s future exploration and development efforts will result in the discovery or development of additional commercial accumulations of oil and natural gas. In addition, even if further hydrocarbons are discovered, the costs of extracting and delivering the hydrocarbons to market and variations in the market price may render uneconomic any discovered deposit. Geological conditions are variable and unpredictable. Even if production is commenced from a well, the quantity of hydrocarbons produced inevitably will decline over time, and production may be adversely affected or may have to be terminated altogether if the Company encounters unforeseen geological conditions. The Company is subject to uncertainties related to the proximity of any resources that it may discover to pipelines and processing facilities. It expects that its operational costs will increase proportionally to the remoteness of, and any restrictions on access to, the properties on which any such resources may be found. Adverse climatic conditions at such properties may also hinder the Company’s ability to carry on exploration or production activities continuously throughout any given year.

This press release includes cumulative production rates for a certain well over short period of time. Short term production rates are preliminary, subject to a high degree of predictive uncertainty, and not determinative of the rates at which those or other wells will continue to produce and thereafter decline. Short term test rates are not necessarily indicative of long-term well or reservoir performance or of ultimate recovery. Production over a longer period will experience natural declines, which can be high and may not be consistent over a longer period. Actual results will differ from those realized during an initial production period and the differences may be material.

References to “oil” in this press release include crude oil and field condensate.

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