• Manas Petroleum updates on Mongolia


    Baar, Switzerland, October 2, 2012

    Manas Petroleum ("Manas") (TSX-V: MNP; OTCBB: MNAP) announces that its subsidiary Gobi Energy Partners LLC, has completed drilling at the Ger Chuluu D1 well. Drilling was stopped after reaching 600 meters without any hydrocarbon shows. After logging the well was plugged and abandoned.

    Ger Chuluu D1 was the second well drilled in the Ger Chuluu sub-basin; it was drilled in an effort to achieve a final conclusive answer about the potential of this sub-basin. Costs of both wells amount to USD 1.9 million and were well below budget.

    Gobi Energy plans to drill its next well at East Sainshand A prospect but, because the seasonal window closes at the end of October, the well will be postponed to the next seasonal drilling window.

    Gobi Energy had originally focused on six sub-basins in Mongolia. After Ger Chuluu four of these have yet to be evaluated. The southeastern part of the acreage, which is currently under evaluation, has not yet been considered.

    A detailed evaluation review of all prospects based on the lessons learned in the Ger Chuluu sub-basin is ongoing and might influence the drilling strategy. 

    Werner Ladwein , Manas' President commented, "While the results in Ger Chuluu were disappointing to all of us, we have now to focus in our Mongolian strategy on the evaluation of the potential of the prospects in the remaining four sub-basins."

    About Manas Petroleum Corp.

    Manas Petroleum is an international oil and gas company with primary focus on exploration and development in South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia. In Albania, Manas participates in a 1.7 million acre exploration project through its equity interest in Petromanas Energy Inc., a Canadian public company. In Kyrgyz Republic, Manas has signed a US$54 million farm-out agreement with Santos International, a subsidiary of one of Australia's largest oil and gas companies. In addition to the development of its Kyrgyz Republic project, Manas participates in an oil and gas exploration project in neighboring Tajikistan through its subsidiary Somon Oil; Santos has exercised its option to farm in. In Mongolia, Manas owns 74% working interest in two Production Sharing Contracts covering Blocks XIII and XIV through its wholly-owned subsidiary Gobi Energy Partners GmbH.

    Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

    For further information please contact: 

    Ari Muljana
    Corporate Secretary
    Manas Petroleum Corp.
    Bahnofstr. 9, P.O. Box 155
    CH-6341 Baar, Switzerland
    Phone:    +41 44 718 1030 
    Fax: +41 44 718 1039
    Email: info@manaspete.com
    Web: www.manaspete.com

    Scott Koyich
    North America Investor Relations
    Brisco Capital Partners Corp.
    Phone: +1 403 262 9888
    Email: scott@briscocapital.com

    Dr. Georg Hochwimmer
    Europe Investor Relations
    General Research GmbH
    Phone: +49 89 2500 4330
    Email: hochwimmer@generalresearch.de

    Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer