DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - General Exploration Partners Inc. ("GEP") is pleased to announce a significant oil discovery in the recently drilled Atrush-1 exploration well in Kurdistan.

The Atrush-1 well was spud on 5th October 2010 and successfully reached a revised Total Depth ("TD") of 3400m Measured Depth ("MD") on 21st January 2011 after 91 days. The well was drilled on time and within budget and encountered a 726 gross metres of potential reservoir section of Lower Cretaceous and Jurassic age rocks (120 metres net pay* with matrix porosity, all in Jurassic age rocks). Drilling shows and logging calculations indicate additional potential net pay zones of up to 146 metres in the Upper Butmah and Cretaceous formations. These particular zones, tests of which were inconclusive, will be further tested and evaluated in future wells.

Ten drill stem tests were conducted over horizons in the Cretaceous, Jurassic (main targets of the well) and Triassic to establish reservoir pressure gradients, fluid content and properties, and reservoir deliverability. Excellent flow rates were established totalling 6,393 bopd from 3 horizons. The flow rates were limited by tubing sizes and testing equipment. Well analyses show that the intervals are capable of producing much higher rates when completed for production. Based on initial pressure drawdown analysis, production rates may be significantly higher through the use of submersible pumps. The three tests in the Middle and Upper Jurassic reservoirs produced 26.5 API degree oil. Tests in the Upper Butmah flowed 11.5 degree API oil. The Upper Butmah interval demonstrated good quality oil and gas shows during drilling and will be further tested and evaluated in future wells.

Although not a primary target, testing in the Triassic was carried out for data generation. This zone had limited hydrocarbon shows during drilling and flowed water during testing.

Alex Cranberg, the Chairman of GEP, commented, "Our team did an outstanding job drilling the well timely and within budget. The testing of Atrush-1 further confirms our belief that the block contains a significant discovery. We appreciate the strong support we have received from our many local employees, our suppliers, ShaMaran Petroleum, Marathon Oil and especially the Kurdistan Regional Government."

The well was operated by the joint-venture company GEP which holds an 80% working interest in the Block. Aspect Holdings, LLC through its Aspect Energy International LLC subsidiary has a two thirds interest and ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. through its wholly owned subsidiary, ShaMaran Ventures BV, holds a 33.5% interest in GEP. Marathon Petroleum KDV B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), holds a 20 percent interest in the block.

*Net matrix pay is defined by cut-offs PhiE >0.07 and SwA < 0.60.

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Sarah DeFries
Aspect Holdings, LLC