8/9/2004, 3:16 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, August 9, 2004: (TSX.V: WGP -
Frankfurt: WE6.F) - Western GeoPower Corp., a renewable energy
development company, is pleased to announce that drilling of the
first of two deep production size wells to confirm the commercial
viability of the South Meager Geothermal Project has commenced.

Precision Drilling, a division of Precision Limited Partnership, of
Calgary, Alberta, has been engaged as the principal drilling
contractor for the drilling program at the project site located 170
km north of Vancouver, Canada. Baker Hughes Canada Company, of
Calgary, Alberta, and its subsidiaries Hughes Christensen, Baker
Hughes INTEQ (Drilling & Evaluation), Baker Hughes Drilling Fluids &
Baker Oil Tools) will provide the major drilling services for the
drilling programme (including directional drilling equipment and
engineering services; drilling fluids; drill bits; and liner
hangers), with technical support provided by the geothermal group of
Baker Hughes.

Using a Schramm air rotary rig with an ODEX casing system, Midnight
Sun Drilling Company Ltd. of Whitehorse, Yukon, is engaged in
drilling and setting the conductor pipe and surface casing to 100
meters for the two wells, designated MC-6 and MC-7, following which,
Precision Drilling will complete the two large diameter rotary wells,
each to a target depth of 2,500 meters.

Construction of the access road and drill pad has been completed and
the drilling and testing of each well is expected to take about 10
weeks. On completion of the first well, MC-6, the rig will be
skidded approximately 6 meters to commence drilling the second well,
MC-7. Completion of MC-7 is expected during December, 2004.

The drilling program is being conducted under the direction of the
Company's independent consultant, California-based GeothermEx, Inc.,
an international authority in the evaluation of geothermal resources.
GeothermEx has been involved in the development of all the producing
geothermal fields in the United States and over 750 projects

Following a detailed review of the technical data assembled over 20
years of exploration, GeothermEx completed a report in February 2004
which classified South Meager as a "high temperature" geothermal
field (average temperature 220-240 C - maximum measured temperature
to date of 275 C) and a major geothermal site, with a potential
development capacity of 100 MW or more and a most likely capacity of
192 MW.

The Company's project management team is comprised of Andrew Ryder,
B.Sc., Resource Development Manager; Frank Baumann, P. Eng.,
Technical Program Manager; and Russell Silva, Drilling
Superintendent. Eduardo Granados, Senior Drilling Engineer,
GeothermEx, is the lead technical consultant on the project for the
drilling programme.
Mr. Ryder is a geologist with over 24 years experience in the
exploration, assessment and development of high-temperature
geothermal resources, including 16 years in exploration management
and 4 years in project management. He has worked on geothermal
projects in the United States, The Philippines, New Zealand,
Indonesia and Kenya.

Mr. Baumann is a professional geotechnical engineer with over 30
years experience in the evaluation and management of natural resource
development projects, including the infrastructure associated with
these projects, in Canada and Asia. His recent experience includes
the development of renewable energy projects in British Columbia.

Mr. Silva has over 30 years experience in all phases of geothermal
and oil & gas drilling operations, including 15 years as a drilling
supervisor and consultant in geothermal operations in the United
States and Indonesia. He has supervised drilling operations at
numerous geothermal fields, including The Geysers, Coso, Mammoth and

The British Columbia government's Environmental Assessment Office
(EAO) has formally accepted the South Meager Project for review under
the B.C. Environmental Assessment Act. The Company and its
environmental consultants have met with representatives of provincial
and federal government agencies to determine Terms of Reference for
the review.

Field work is underway to update and complete baseline environmental
studies of the project site and the proposed transmission line routes
which had been initiated during earlier drilling. The environmental
studies will be incorporated into a project feasibility study on
completion of the two confirmation wells. On the successful
conclusion of the feasibility study, the Company intends to submit
the project to the EAO for formal review and approval in early 2005.
Concurrent with EAO review, the Company would negotiate a power sales
contract and project financing, with the objective of achieving
resolution of all three elements in mid-2005. This would be followed
in late 2005 by the commencement of plant construction, leading to
commercial generation by mid-2007.

Having raised $21.6 million in financings since December 2003, the
Company has sufficient funds on hand to complete the resource
confirmation program and project feasibility study, which is
estimated to cost $14.5 million.

Corporate Overview:

Western GeoPower Corp. is dedicated to the development of its 100%
owned, South Meager Geothermal Project, held under a geothermal lease
for the commercial production of electricity. The estimated
development potential is 200 MW of electricity, which is equivalent
to the power consumption of 160,000 households.

On behalf of Western GeoPower Corp.

"Kenneth MacLeod"
Kenneth MacLeod, President & CEO

Statements in this release that are forward-looking are subject to
various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors
identified above and in the corporation's periodic filings with the
British Columbia Securities Commission and the U.S. Securities
Exchange Commission. Such information contained herein represents
management's best judgment as of the date hereof based on information
currently available. The corporation does not intend to update this
information and disclaims any legal liability to the contrary. This
news release is not for dissemination in the United States of America
or to United States of America news services.

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adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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