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Sound Oil PLC
16 March 2011

For immediate release

16 March 2011


Sound Oil PLC


("Sound Oil" or "the Company")


Operations Update: Rig Contract signed for Marciano Well, Italy

Sound Oil (AIM: SOU), the upstream oil and gas company with assets in Indonesia and Italy,  is pleased to announce that its Italian subsidiary Apennine Energy srl has signed a contract with Hydro Drilling International SpA to supply a drilling rig for the Marciano-1ST well completion operation.  The Company has today applied to the Ministry for Economic Development for official approval to conduct the operation.  It is anticipated that this will be given in order to commence operations in April.

The Marciano completion is likely to take approximately 10 days and will perforate two intervals with wireline log indications of gas within zones at 1283-1288m and 1325-1331m measured depth in the well bore. Fugro-Robertson Limited have estimated in a Competent Person's Report that the zones could contain 2.5 Bscf of gas.

Apennine Energy holds a 99% working interest in the Fonte San Damiano concession located in Basilicata which contains the Marciano discovery.

Gerry Orbell, Chairman and Chief Executive, commented:

"This is pleasing news and confirmation that the Company is on track to meet its operations schedule and expectations of first production this year".





For further information please contact:


Sound Oil

Gerald Orbell, Chief Executive

Tony Heath, Finance Director


Tel: 44 (0)1372 371010

Tel: 44 (0)1372 371010



Buchanan Communications

Tim Thompson

Ben Romney

Chris McMahon


Tel: 44 (0)207 466 5000






Sarah Wharry

Henrik Persson

Tel:  44 (0)207 600 1658


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