ABERDEENSHIRE, UK--(Marketwire - January 4, 2011) -  Xcite Energy Limited (TSX-V: XEL) (LSE: XEL) (AIM: XEL)

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Xcite Energy announces the award of in aggregate 1,630,000 options to purchase ordinary shares of the Company to each of the following Directors and members of the Xcite Energy Resources Limited (the Company's wholly owned subsidiary) management team:

Roger Ramshaw, Gregory Moroney, Timothy Jones, Scott Cochlan, Richard Smith, Stephen Kew, Rupert Cole, Jonathan Dale, Barnaby Brennan, Richard West, Charles Lucas-Clements and Thomas Blystad.

The options, which vest immediately, were granted under the terms of the Company's share option scheme by reference to the closing price of the Company's ordinary shares on 31 December 2010. All options have an exercise price of CAN$5.95 per ordinary share and are exercisable for a period of five years. This award recognises the outstanding outcome to the 9/3b-6 well on the Bentley field.

Following these option awards, the Directors of the Company have the following aggregate number of ordinary shares under option:

    Option award now being made   Aggregate ordinary shares under option
         
Roger Ramshaw   90,000   590,000
         
Gregory Moroney   90,000   390,000
         
Timothy Jones   90,000   490,000
         
Scott Cochlan   90,000   490,000
         
Richard Smith   90,000   2,421,000
         
Stephen Kew   90,000   2,421,000
         
Rupert Cole   90,000   2,421,000

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Contact Information:

ENQUIRIES:

Xcite Energy Limited
+44 (0) 1330 826740
Richard Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Rupert Cole
Chief Financial Officer

Arbuthnot Securities Limited
(Nomad and Broker)
+44 (0) 20 7012 2000
Antonio Bossi
Director

Pelham Bell Pottinger
+44 (0) 20 7861 3232
Mark Antelme
Director
Henry Lerwill

Paradox Public Relations
+1 514 341 0408
Jean-Francois Meilleur
Consultant