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TAG Awarded Taranaki Exploration Acreage & Provides A Production And Operations Update

"We initially anticipated phasing in shut-in production over the next few fiscal periods; however, after considering a number of factors, the long term benefits of conserving in situ reservoir energy until our gas infrastructure is complete far outweigh the optics of short term production increases," Mr. Johnson commented."Our shut-in wells have all been production tested and we remain confident of meeting or exceeding our production guidance of 5,000 BOE per day. We also look forward to investing the associated cash flow into more exciting high-impact exploration and development drilling opportunities in 2013 across a significant prospect portfolio."

An Update on Cheal-B8 Drilling The Cheal-B8 well has reached a total depth of 3,600 meters encountering 26 meters of high quality oil-and-gas pay within the initial 2,000 meters of the well. TAG will mobilize a service rig to Cheal-B8 in the next two weeks to perforate and production test the well.

Following the logging and casing of the up-hole oil discovery, the Cheal-B8 well was deepened a further 1600 meters to test a wildcat target in the Tikorangi Formation, however electric logging did not indicate sufficient pay present at this depth. This result does in no way effect the potential in the deeper Kapuni Formation targets TAG will be drilling, which is a well established, commercially proven play level with numerous major fields discovered in the Taranaki Basin.

The Cheal-B8 well is TAG's 20 th straight successful oil and gas well drilled in the Taranaki Basin.

TAG Oil Ltd. TAG Oil Ltd. ( http://www.tagoil.com/) is a Canadian-based production and exploration company with operations focused exclusively in New Zealand. With 100% ownership over all its core assets, including oil and gas production infrastructure, TAG is enjoying substantial oil and gas production and reserve growth through development of several light oil and gas discoveries. TAG is also actively drilling high-impact exploration prospects identified across more than 2,991,063 net acres of land in New Zealand.

In the East Coast Basin, TAG has entered into a farm-out agreement with Apache Corporation to explore and potentially develop the major unconventional resource potential believed to exist in the tight oil source-rock formations that are widespread over the Company's acreage. These oil-rich and naturally fractured formations have many similarities to North America's Bakken source-rock formation in the successful Williston Basin.

TAG Oil has adopted the standard of six thousand cubic feet of gas to equal one barrel of oil when converting natural gas to "BOE's". BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6Mcf: 1 Bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

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