VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 2, 2017) - Caspian Energy Inc. (NEX:CKZ.H) ("Caspian") is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Aral Petroleum Capital LLP ("Aral") produced 158 thousand barrels of crude oil during 2016. That was the maximum production allowed under Aral's government-approved work program.

Commenting on the results, Chairman of the Board Frank Ingriselli stated: "Notwithstanding the challenges faced in the worldwide energy industry in 2016, Caspian Energy stayed focused on successfully settling major parts of its debt and reducing expenses and achieving the maximum production rates allowed. We will continue to focus on shareholder value in 2017."

During 2016 Aral sold its oil in the local Kazakhstan market and exported the oil to the Russian port of Ust-Luga. Average market price was equal to $21 per bbl.

The Company fulfilled its minimum commitments under the annual work program for 2016. Also on January 16, 2017 the Company received permission for gas flaring up to June 30, 2017. Permission for gas flaring for the second half of 2017 is expected to be received soon.

The Company settled major parts of debts to its trade creditors. With the remaining trade creditors agreed on the repayment schedules. So no legal suits from the trade creditors are expected.

Aral Petroleum has all necessary permissions, resources and documentation to successfully operate during 2017.

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Caspian Energy Inc.
Frank Ingriselli
Chairman of the Board