Western GeoPower Corp.: DRILLING PROGRESSING AT SOUTH MEAGER GEOTHERMAL PROJECT

10/25/2004, 3:17 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
TRADING SYMBOLS:TSX-V (Canada): WGP FRANKFURT: WE6.F

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, October 25, 2004: (TSX.V: WGP -
Frankfurt: WE6.F) - Western GeoPower Corp., a renewable energy
development company, announces that the drilling of the first of two
deep production size wells to confirm the commercial viability of the
South Meager geothermal project now is now approaching 1,500 meters,
being 60% of the target depth of each well.

Following the setting of conductor pipe and drilling surface holes to
85 meters for both wells, (MC-6 and MC-7), Precision Drilling (a
division of Precision Limited Partnership) of Calgary, Alberta, the
primary drilling contractor, was mobilized to the site and was fully
operational by September 25, 2004.

Well MC-6 was drilled vertically to a depth of 472 meters, below
which the hole angle was then progressively increased to 25 degrees
(from vertical to northeasterly direction) towards the inferred
"upflow zone." Production casing has been installed to 857 meters.
Mud circulation temperatures have increased steadily as drilling has
progressed and below 760 meters the extent of the rock alteration
observed in the drill cuttings suggests temperatures of 200-230°C,
which are expected to continue to increase with depth to an
anticipated temperature of 275°C.

From surface to 351 meters, the well has been drilled through
moderate to strongly altered volcanic rocks characterized by moderate
silicification. Below 351 meters, intrusive rocks predominate while
becoming progressively more re-crystallized between 550 meters and
800 meters.

Based on existing geologic, geophysical and drilling data, wells MC-6
and MC-7 will test for commercial production (high temperatures and
permeability i.e. fractures containing hot water) within the main
'upflow' zone of the hydrothermal system interpreted to lie beneath
the southern flanks of the Mount Meager volcanic complex (Pylon
Peak). Permeability may be associated with the fractured margins of
sub-volcanic plugs and dikes, breccia zones, or faulting and
structural deformation within the basement complex. .

As previously announced, after completing well MC-6 the rig will be
skidded six meters to the installed conductor pipe of MC-7 and that
well will be drilled to a planned target depth of 2,500 meters. Well
MC-7, is currently planned to be drilled in a northwesterly
direction.

A Geothermal Well Authorization has been granted to drill two
additional wells (MC-8 and MC-9) from the present drill site at South
Meager.

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. Terms of Reference for the
review have been drafted, environmental studies are being completed
and public and First Nations consultations have commenced.



On completion of the first two confirmation wells, a feasibility
study will be prepared and a formal Application for Certification
will be submitted to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in
early 2005. Concurrent with the EAO review, the Company intends to
negotiate a power sales contract and secure project financing.
Subject to these being concluded, construction of the plant would
commence in late 2005, with commercial generation by mid-2007.


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. Such information contained herein
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information currently available. The corporation does not intend to
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