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NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY Marketwire

FOR: PAN ORIENT ENERGY CORP.

TSX VENTURE SYMBOL: POE - | View Quote |  View Chart |  View Financials | 

Pan Orient Energy Corp.: Thailand Operations Update

Feb 20, 2008 - 06:00 ET

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - Pan Orient Energy Corp. (TSX VENTURE:POE) -

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L44-R Exploration Well (60% WI & Operator)

The L44-R exploration well, targeting multiple potential volcanic reservoirs within an approximately 7 square km structural closure located 10.5 kms south of the producing NSE oil field, is currently being logged after reaching a total depth of approximately 1,277 meters. Three potential volcanic reservoirs of approximately 27 meters, 45 meters and 207 meters in thickness were encountered between 665m to 1,277m. Drilling mud losses were observed in the deepest zone (1,070-1,277 meters) at 1,149m (120 bbls/hr), 1,160m (65 bbls/hr), 1,197m (21 bbls/hr), 1,204m (69 bbls/hr) and 1,219m (32 bbls/hr). Total losses while drilling were approximately 905 barrels of drilling fluid. Elevated mud gas readings approximately 1% or greater were observed at 720m, 731m, 789m and while tripping at 968m. Due to the complex nature of these unconventional volcanic reservoirs, testing will be required to determine the hydrocarbon potential of any given zone.

Testing of up to three volcanic zones is anticipated to be completed within approximately 21 days at which time the test results will be announced.

NS1-D1 Appraisal Well (60% WI & Operator)

Upon the setting of casing in the L44-R exploration well, drilling will commence on the deviated NS1-D1 appraisal well that is targeting the main NSE volcanic reservoir at a location mid way between the POE-9 and NS2-D1 appraisal wells drilled earlier. The purpose of this well is to build production capacity from the main volcanic reservoir at NSE.

Forward Drilling Program

Drilling utilizing two rigs is expected to commence again at the end of February after a delay related to the arrival of new mud pumps from China. It is anticipated this upgrade will significantly increase rig performance.

Several wells over the next eight weeks will be targeting the hydrocarbon potential of a number of zones below the currently producing main zone at NSE. None of these deeper zones have been tested to date.

While the 27.8 square km NSE production license has been awarded by the Government of Thailand, the Company still awaits environmental approval for approximately 27 development drilling locations at both the Wichian Buri and Na Sanun East oil fields. This approval is anticipated within the next 6 weeks, at which time the requirement for a third rig will be reviewed. Pan Orient has numerous other drillable locations it will be proceeding with while it awaits this approval.

Production Update

Further to the February 4, 2008, news release (which announced gross production of 8,800 bopd, 5,280 net), tanker capacity has grown as anticipated and gross production is currently approximately 9,500 bopd (5,700 bopd net to Pan Orient) which is currently being sold to a refinery located in Bangkok. Some early stage issues related to unloading the large number of tankers (approximately 51) had resulted in deliveries on some days falling below 9,000 bopd. Maximum deliveries have been as high as 10,300 bopd gross.

Pan Orient is a Calgary, Alberta based oil and gas exploration and production company with operations currently located onshore Thailand and in Western Canada.

This news release contains forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is generally identifiable by the terminology used, such as "expect", "believe", "estimate", "should", "anticipate" and "potential" or other similar wording. Forward-looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, references to: well drilling programs and drilling plans, estimates of reserves and potentially recoverable resources, and information on future production and project start-ups. By their very nature, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release require Pan Orient and its management to make assumptions that may not materialize or that may not be accurate. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results, expectations, achievements or performance to differ materially, including without limitation: imprecision of reserve estimates and estimates of recoverable quantities of oil, changes in project schedules, operating and reservoir performance, the effects of weather and climate change, the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities, demand for oil and gas, commercial negotiations, other technical and economic factors or revisions and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Pan Orient. Although Pan Orient believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurances that the expectations of any forward-looking statements will prove to be correct.

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Pan Orient Energy Corp.
Jeff Chisholm
President and CEO
(403) 294-1770

or

Pan Orient Energy Corp.
Jason Bednar
Vice President Finance and CFO
(403) 294-1770
Email: jason@panorient.ca