Catalca Drilling Encounters Gas Shows in Turkey

Calgary, AB., February 1, 2013 - Emperor Oil Ltd. (TSX.V: EM) ("Emperor" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the following exploration update from the Company's partners Azure Resources Corporation, ("Azure") and Merty Enerji Petrol Arama,("Merty"), on the Catalca Natural Gas Licence (the "Catalca License") in Turkey's Thrace Basin. Azure reports that the drilling of the seismically identified Cayirlik-1 Well, Thrace Basin, Turkey, reached the planned total depth of 800 m. and two gas show intervals, with good gas saturation, were encountered in Osmancik sands between 447m. to 460m. and 540m. to 565m.

The well is currently being conditioned for wireline logging by Schlumberger; following which the well will be cased. Flow testing of the well will be scheduled upon evaluation of the log data. The flow test results will be released when available.

The well is primarily targeting natural gas in the Tertiary Osmancik Formation, which is approximately 3 km from a tie-in point to national pipeline infrastructure. The Catalca Licence covers 36,429 hectares and is situated 30 km west of Istanbul in the European part of Turkey, where natural gas is currently priced at a premium to North American markets. The Thrace Basin is the most prolific gas producing basin in Turkey with more than 15 gas fields and 3 oilfields. 70 % of this basin remains unexplored.

Emperor has an earn-in agreement to obtain a 22.5 % working interest in the license from Azure a Canadian TSX.V listed Oil & Gas exploration and development company . Merty, an established Turkish company in the domestic oil and gas industry, is the local operator.

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Emperor Oil is an international oil and gas company with projects in Sudan and Turkey. For further information please contact the Company at (403) 695-1794 or email at


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