July 20, 2012 16:33 ET

Vanoil Mutually Agrees to Terminate Strategic Partnership



VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 20, 2012) - Vanoil Energy Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:VEL) ("Vanoil" or the "Company") wishes to announce the mutually agreed termination of its strategic partnership agreement with Global Mining Management Ltd. (GMM) originally announced on June 18, 2012.

James Passin, President and CEO of Vanoil, stated, "We have enormous respect for the GMM team, their commitment and accomplishments. However, Vanoil has an exclusive focus on East Africa and an aggressive, goal orientated timetable particularly over the next nine months. GMM's and Vanoil's management determined that in the short term the major changes envisioned in the strategic partnership agreement would be potentially disruptive and geographically challenging for Vanoil."

Vanoil will close its current round of financing on July 30, 2012.

About Vanoil Energy Ltd.

Vanoil is a Canadian public company focused on Africa and the exploration and development of its significant portfolio of oil and gas properties in Kenya and Rwanda. In Kenya the Company has 100% ownership of Blocks 3A and 3B by way of a production sharing contract ("PSC") executed with Kenyan Ministry of Energy. These blocks cover 24,912 square kilometers and are part of the highly prospective Central African Rift system, which is geologically analogous to the prolific oil and gas fields in South Sudan. In Rwanda, Vanoil is concluding negotiations for that country's first production sharing contract (PSC) covering 1,631 square kilometers of oil and gas in the East Kivu Graben, the southern extension of the Albertine Graben where Heritage and Tullow Oil made their historic discoveries in neighbouring Uganda.

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On behalf of the Board of Directors


James Passin, President and CEO

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