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2008-08-14 01:00:00



August 14, 2008

Oilexco Announces Second Quarter Results

CALGARY, CANADA--(EMWNews - Aug. 14, 2008) - Oilexco Incorporated ("Oilexco" or the "Company") (TSX:OIL)

(LSE:OIL) is pleased to announce the Company's results for the three and six months ended 30 June 2008.

Arthur Millholland, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"Oilexco had a very good first half of 2008, achieving record financial results and continuing our strong track

record with the drill bit. In particular, the Company had another major exploration success at Moth, our second

in a year following the Huntington discovery in 2007. We are set for an active second half, with seven

appraisal and production wells due to be drilled and the Shelley development due to come onstream; we will also

be progressing activities on our key 2009 development projects."


Continued Strong Financial Performance

- Second Quarter revenues of $228.5 million and total First Half revenues of $400.9 million (Q2 2007: $40.7

million; H1 2007: $42.7)

- EBITDA increased to $171.7 million in the Second Quarter and $318.3 million, or $1.44 per share, in the First

Half of 2008 (Q2 2007: $26.7 million; H1 2007: $24.3 million)

- The Company made a Net Loss of $27.3 million in the Second Quarter, primarily due to non-cash expenses for

unrealized losses recognized on derivative contracts (Q2 2007: $25.7 million)

- Net Profit for the First Half of $22.6 million (H1 2007: $20.5 million)

- After the end of the period, the Company announced it had signed an engagement letter with RBS to increase

its total debt capacity to $1 billion


- Sales for oil and gas in Q2 2008 averaged 20,606 Bbl / day, and average daily production was approximately

17,073 Bbl / day, reflecting production overlift

- Received average price of $121.12 per barrel of oil in Q2 2008, with average netbacks of $105.68 per barrel

Operational / Drilling

- Drilling activity higher in the Second Quarter higher than usual due to the addition of a third drilling

unit, operating under short term contract until the end of August

- Development drilling commenced on the 100% owned Shelley project

- Fifth well in the Brenda field drilled, completed and tied in, with production commencing at approximately

7,800 Bbls / day

- Appraisal drilling commenced at Caledonia field, following drilling of five well bores to define the limits

of the Forties reservoir

- Exploration drilling at Moth resulted in a significant discovery, with calculations suggesting the well could

be capable of producing 44 Mmcf / day and 4,400 Bbls / day of condensate


- Focus in H2 2008 is on the Company's development projects, ongoing drilling campaign and on operated


- Shelley development on track to deliver first oil in Q4 2008

- Redevelopment of the Caledonia Field planned to commence in Q4 2008

- Production optimization work in Balmoral core area continues, including drilling of a second production well

on Nicol and commissioning of a new gas compressor on the Balmoral FPV

- Appraisal drilling to be conducted at Shelley North, Huntington and Kildare

- Continuing to target year end exit production rate of approximately 45,000 Bbl / day, subject to timing

objectives being met on certain key projects

The results and associated Management Discussion and Analysis and Financial Statements are at


About the Company

Oilexco is an oil and gas exploration and production company active in the United Kingdom. Oilexco's producing

properties, exploration and development activities are located in the UK Central North Sea, specifically in the

Outer Moray Firth and Central Graben areas. Oilexco operates in the United Kingdom through its wholly owned

subsidiary, Oilexco North Sea, a company registered under the laws of England and Wales. Oilexco shares are

listed for trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol


Forward Looking Statements

This disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks

and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Oilexco's control, including: the impact of general economic

conditions in the areas in which Oilexco operates, civil unrest, industry conditions, changes in laws and

regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are

interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management,

fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining

required approvals of regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties associated with oil

and gas operations, therefore Oilexco's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from

those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them

do so, what benefits, including the amounts of proceeds, which Oilexco will derive therefrom. All statements

included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Oilexco expects, believes

or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements include future

production rates, completion and production timetables and costs to complete wells, and production facilities.

These statements are based on assumptions made by Oilexco based on its experience perception of historical

trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the




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Arthur S. Millholland


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Oilexco Incorporated

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Chief Financial Officer

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