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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.: Grant of Stock Options

Apr 16, 2010 - 16:15 ET

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2010) -  Pan Orient Energy Corp. ("Pan Orient") (TSX VENTURE:POE) announced today that it granted options to purchase 2,411,500 common shares under Pan Orient's stock option plan, of which 2,275,000 were granted to directors and officers. Each option has an exercise price of $7.15 (being the April 15, 2010 closing price of the shares on the TSX Venture Exchange), vests as to 1/3 on the grant date and 1/3 on each of the first and second anniversaries of the grant date and expires on April 16, 2014.

The original grant of options to officers and directors of Pan Orient on April 17, 2005 had an expiry date of April 17, 2010. A total of 1,634,000 common shares have been issued in 2010 pursuant to the exercise by officers and directors of this original grant of options.

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

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

Pan Orient Energy Corp.
Jeff Chisholm
President and CEO
(403) 294-1770
or
Pan Orient Energy Corp.
Bill Ostlund
Vice President Finance and CFO
(403) 294-1770