SOCO International plc ("SOCO" or "the Company")

SOCO is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in London traded on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The Company has continuing interests in Vietnam, Yemen, Thailand and the Republic of Congo with ongoing production operations in Yemen.

The Te Giac Trang appraisal well (TGT-3X) on Block 16-1 in the Cuu Long Basin offshore Vietnam reached a total measured depth of 3,650 metres. The well has been logged and preparations are underway to test.

The well spudded on March 20, 2006 as a follow-up approximately ten kilometres south of the recent TGT-2X appraisal well that tested with a total combined flow rate of approximately 17,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“BOEPD”) of 38 degree API gravity crude from the Miocene Lower Bach Ho 5.2 and Oligocene “C” intervals.

Test results should be available in approximately two weeks.

18 April 2006


SOCO International plc
Roger Cagle, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 020 7747 2000

Pelham Public Relations
James Henderson, tel: 020 7743 6673
Alisdair Haythornthwaite, tel: 020 7743 6676


SOCO holds its interests in Vietnam, all in the Cuu Long Basin offshore, through its 80% owned subsidiary SOCO Vietnam Limited (“SOCO Vietnam”). SOCO Vietnam holds a 25% working interest in Block 9-2, which is operated by the Hoan Vu Joint Operating Company and a 28.5% working interest in Block 16-1, which is operated by the Hoang Long Joint Operating Company.

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