Land Acquisition and Completion of Initial Commitment towards Phase 1 Drilling Program

NEWS RELEASE   |   Friday, April 21st, 2017

Land Acquisition and Completion of Initial Commitment towards Phase 1 Drilling Program

Cerus Energy Corp. (“Cerus”) announces that further to previously released News Release dated March 31, 2017 it has entered into an agreement with Vital Energy Inc. (“Vital”).

Cerus has agreed and committed to fund Vital for up to ten million five hundred thousand dollars ($10,500,000.00) to acquire land and drill, frac, test, complete and equip up to seven (7) one mile horizontal test wells on Vital’s 100% owned Pennant Area Project Lands located in S.W. Saskatchewan.

Phase 1 Drilling Program

The seven (7) well drilling program will be “Phase 1” on a project that has identified an additional 27 drilling locations on the current Pennant Area Project Lands (3,360 acres). The primary target is medium gravity (21 degree) oil from the Upper Shaunovan formation. Vital will be the Operator of the Phase 1 drilling program. Drilling is expected to commence immediately after spring break up 2017.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cerus will pay up to $10,500,000.00 for 100% of the costs incurred by Vital to acquire lands posted for sale by Vital at the April 11, 2017, Saskatchewan public crown land sale and to drill, hydraulic fracture ("frac"), test, complete and equip up to seven (7) wells on Vital’s current Pennant Area project lands as a condition of earning.

Cerus will be entitled to receive 80% of the Net Profits generated by the sale of Petroleum Substances from the Phase 1 wells and their respective drilling spacing units. Once Cerus has recovered 180% of its investment back from the 80% net profits interests, Cerus will convert its net profits interest to a non-convertible 5% gross overriding royalty in the Phase 1 wells and their respective drilling spacing units.

Under the terms of the agreement Cerus will have the first right of refusal to fund additional Phases of development drilling on all of Vital’s Pennant Area project lands, on the same terms and conditions as for the Phase 1 wells.

Completion of Initial Commitment

Vital announces that Cerus has made the first cash advance in the amount of $360,000.00 CAD to Vital under the terms of the agreement. Vital was successful in acquiring 4 leases at the April 11, 2017, Saskatchewan crown land sale. The lease acquisitions totaled 5,220 acres more than doubling Vital’s current Pennant Area project lands and bringing the total 100% owned Pennant Area project lands to approximately 8,580 contiguous acres.

About Cerus Energy Group

Cerus Energy Group is a Tier 2 Canadian-based oil and gas exploration company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange with property assets in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

About Cerus Energy Group's Subsidiary Companies

Texalta Industries Ltd. and Lomac Canada Ltd. are wholly owned subsidiary company's serving various sectors of the oil and gas industry in the Province of Alberta. Maverick Northstar is a private joint venture company between Petrostar Petroleum Corp. of Alberta, Canada and Maverick Synfuels Inc of North Carolina, USA. Maverick Northstar is a chemical processing company focused on improving the value of methane through the production and utilization of methanol in Western Canada located in the province of Alberta. Petrostar holds 60% ownership of Maverick Northstar shares. For further information, please contact:

Primary Contact:
Bruce Scafe
1-877-737-8864
bscafe@cerusenergy.com

Alternate Contact:
Mackenzie Loree, CEO
1-403-861-6779
mloree@cerusenergy.com

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