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TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. Closes on Acquisition of Direct Bulgaria and Direct Morocco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Hamilton, Bermuda (February 21, 2011) - TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TSX: TNP)(NYSE-AMEX: TAT) is pleased to announce that on February 18, 2011, its wholly owned subsidiaries, TransAtlantic Worldwide, Ltd. and TransAtlantic Petroleum Cyprus Limited, acquired 100% of the ownership interests of Direct Petroleum Bulgaria EOOD, Direct Petroleum Morocco, Inc. and Anschutz Morocco Corporation under the terms of the previously announced purchase agreement with Direct Petroleum Exploration, Inc. ("Direct").  The Company issued 8,924,478 of its common shares to Direct and paid $2.0 million in cash consideration at closing in addition to $492,000 in cash adjustments.

 

About TransAtlantic

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. is a vertically integrated, international energy company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Company holds interests in developed and undeveloped oil and gas properties in Turkey, Morocco, Romania, and Bulgaria.  The Company owns its own drilling rigs and oilfield service equipment, which it uses to develop its properties in Turkey and Morocco. In addition, the Company provides oilfield services and contract drilling services to third parties in Turkey and plans to provide similar services in Morocco.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains statements regarding expectations, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions or information about future events, conditions, results of operations or performance that may constitute forward-looking statements or information under applicable securities legislation.  Such forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect.  In addition to other assumptions identified in this news release, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, the ability of the Company to continue to develop and exploit attractive foreign initiatives.
                                   
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.  Forward-looking statements or information are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company and described in the forward-looking statements or information.  These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the continuing ability of the Company to operate effectively internationally, reliance on current oil and gas laws, rules and regulations, volatility of oil and gas prices, fluctuations in currency and interest rates, imprecision of resource estimates, the results of exploration, development and drilling, imprecision in estimates of future production capacity, changes in environmental and other regulations or the interpretation of such regulations, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, weather and general economic and business conditions.  If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize (or the consequences of such a development changes), or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those forecasted or expected.

 

The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

 

 

(NO STOCK EXCHANGE, SECURITIES COMMISSION OR OTHER REGULATORY AUTHORITY HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.)

Contact:
Matt McCann      Chief Executive Officer
Phone:                   (214) 220-4323
Internet:                http://www.transatlanticpetroleum.com
Address:                5910 N. Central Expressway
                                Suite 1755
                                Dallas, Texas  75206

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