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Friday 17 April, 2009

Northern Petroleum

Ottoland Oil Flow Testing Completed



Embargoed for release: 0700 on 17 April 2009

                                            Northern Petroleum Plc

                                  ("Northern" or the "Group" or the "Company")

                                      Ottoland Oil Flow Testing Completed

Post  hydraulic reservoir fracturing flow testing has been completed on the Ottoland 1 side track during  a  14
day  period.  Without artificial lift, the well flowed oil and water at improved rates to the July 2007  tests,
proving the fracturing programme to be a success.

These  results will be analysed to establish the final parameters of the production installations  which  could
include  downhole  pumping at possibly higher flow rates, depending upon a cost effective resolution  of  water
disposal requirements.

Northern  has  now  completed well workovers for production and hydraulic fracturing of the  reservoir  at  the
Brakel  and Wijk en Aalburg gas fields as well as the Ottoland oil field. Similar operations are scheduled  for
the  Geesbrug  and Grolloo gas field in the near future in preparation for placing all these five  fields  into
production.

In  accordance with the AIM Rules - Guidance for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies, the information  contained  in
this  announcement has been reviewed and signed off by the Exploration and Technical Director of  Northern,  Mr
Graham Heard CGeol FGS, who has over 30 years experience as a petroleum geologist.

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For further information please contact:

Northern Petroleum Plc                                    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7469 2900
Derek Musgrove, Managing Director
Chris Foss, Finance Director
Graham Heard, Exploration & Technical Director

Investec (NOMAD and Financial Adviser)                    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7597 5000
Michael Ansell / Patrick Robb

Blue Oar (Joint Broker)                                   Tel: +44 (0) 20 7448 4400
Jerry Keen / Toby Gibbs

Jefferies International (Joint Broker)                    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7029 8000
Chris Snoxall / Schuyler Evans

Bishopsgate Communications (Press)                        Tel: +44 (0) 20 7562 3350
Nick Rome / Michael Kinirons

Buchanan Communications (Analysts)                        Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Tim Thompson / Ben Romney

Further information on Northern is available at www.northpet.com.

Northern Petroleum Plc