Continental Energy Accelerates 2007 Bengara-II Block Drilling

DALLAS, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Energy Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: CPPXF) today announced that its 18% owned Indonesian subsidiary Continental-GeoPetro (Bengara-II) Ltd. has revised and accelerated its 2007 drilling program for the Bengara-II Block, onshore East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The revised plan filed with Indonesian authorities increases the drilling program for 2007 from a total of four new exploration wells to a total of six new wells, two of which are classified as wildcat exploration wells and four of which are classified as appraisal wells.

A second drilling rig contracted by the company has arrived in the Bengara-II Block last week and will spud the second well of the six well program on the Bengara-II Block later this month.

Drilling on the company's first 2007 Bengara-II Block well, the Seberaba- #1 wildcat, is nearing completion and once drilling is completed the drilling rig will be released and moved to spud the third well of the 2007 program. A workover rig has arrived on location and will be deployed on the Seberaba-#1 to conduct a planned extensive formation flow testing program.

A third rig is underway to the Bengara-II Block and is expected to arrive in September to expedite the completion of the 2007 drilling program.

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