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Wednesday 22 April, 2009

Western GeoPower Corp.


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                            NEWS RELEASE




VANCOUVER, Canada,  April  22,  2009, TSX  Venture  Exchange  Trading
Symbol: WGP -  Western GeoPower  Corp., a  renewable energy  company,
today announced that independent  consultants GeothermEx, Inc.,  have
recommended  a  drilling  program  at  the  South  Meager  geothermal
reservoir to target a  recently-identified zone of high  permeability
which has demonstrated commercial potential.

Reporting on  the results  of airlift-assisted  flow-testing of  well
MC-8, GeothermEx projected that a  new deviated well starting from  a
lower wellhead elevation into the same  permeable zone and at a  much
shorter vertical depth than well MC-8 would flow at the equivalent of
more than 6 megawatts (MW) of electrical energy. Well MC-8 itself was
unable to sustain  self-flow following  air lifting  due to  physical
constraints imposed by the deep water table.

To access  the  zone  of  permeability,  GeothermEx  has  designed  a
deviated well starting from  the valley floor  with a projected  true
vertical depth of 1,660  meters and a total  wellbore length of  less
than 2,000 meters. Wellbore simulation indicates that this well could
flow at the equivalent of 6.4  MW of electrical output at a  wellhead
pressure of 140 psig. If the reservoir fluid encountered by this  new
well is at  a greater  temperature than the  temperature measured  in
MC-8, or should the  well be drilled deeper  than the targeted  1,660
meters, the megawatt capacity of the well could increase accordingly.

"The recent flow testing has  corroborated our earlier projection  of
high temperature, reasonable permeability and  a deep water table  at
South Meager," said Dr. Subir Sanyal, President of GeothermEx. "While
a deep water  table has limited  the well's productivity,  commercial
productivity can still be achieved in a well drilled from the  valley
floor and targeted to the permeable zones in wells MC-8 and MC-6."

Several excellent and easily-accessible locations for new drill  pads
are available on the valley floor with ready access to the  permeable
zones  in  MC-8  and  MC-6.  The  Company  intends  to  commence  the
permitting process for  the future  wells once the  snow has  cleared
sufficiently to allow surveying of the sites.

"Our understanding  of the  geothermal reservoir  characteristics  at
South Meager  has  increased substantially,"  said  Kenneth  Macleod,
President and CEO of Western GeoPower. "We can now focus on  securing
the funding and permitting necessary to complete the drilling program
and prepare a feasibility report on the project."

In 2004 and 2005, wells MC-6, MC-7 and MC-8 were drilled on a  single
pad approximately  700  vertical meters  above  Meager Creek  on  the
shoulder of Pylon Peak. The pad  was located closer to the  projected
upflow zone of  the geothermal reservoir  in comparison with  earlier
pads located on the valley  floor. Subsequent testing confirmed  that
two of the wells, MC-6 and MC-8 encountered significant  permeability
and all three  wells showed  higher temperatures  at shallower  depth
than previous wells.  However, the presence  of the geothermal  water
table at over 500 meters below  the pad has inhibited the ability  of
the recent wells  to self flow.  The wells are  being maintained  for
additional  testing  purposes  and  future  enhancements  are   being
considered, such as  deepening and/or  sidetracking, once  additional
permeable targets  are  identified  by  future  drilling  activities.
Further drilling  is required  to define  the full  commercial  power
production potential for South Meager.

Western GeoPower  continues  to  liaise  with  provincial  government
agencies  and  key  community  and  First  Nations  stakeholders   in
preparation for submission of an Application for Certification of the
South Meager project under the  BC Environmental Assessment Act.  The
Company also is  actively engaged in  soliciting federal funding  for
project development and  working directly with  the British  Columbia
government on the updating  of provincial geothermal legislation  and

About Western GeoPower Corp.
Western GeoPower Corp. is a renewable energy company dedicated to the
development of geothermal energy projects for the delivery of  clean,
sustainable,  baseload   electricity  generation.   The  Company   is
developing The Western GeoPower Unit 1 geothermal power plant at  The
Geysers Geothermal Field in California,  United States and the  South
Meager Geothermal Project in British Columbia, Canada.
On behalf of the Board of Western GeoPower Corp
"Kenneth MacLeod"
Kenneth MacLeod, President & CEO
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this  release that are  forward-looking are subject  to
various risks  and  uncertainties  concerning  the  specific  factors
identified  above  that  reflect   the  Company's  expectations   and
projections  about  its  future  results.    The  Company  has  tried
whenever possible to identify these forward-looking statements  which
include  but  are  not  limited  to,  words  such  as  "anticipates,"
believes," "estimates," "expects,"  "plans," "intends,"  "potential,"
and  similar  expressions.    Although  the   Company  believes   the
expectations expressed in such  forward-looking statements are  based
on reasonable  assumptions, such  statements  are not  guarantees  of
future performance  and actual  results  or developments  may  differ
materially from those in  the forward-looking statements.   Investors
are cautioned that any such  statements are not guarantees of  future
performance and  that  actual  results  or  developments  may  differ
materially from those projected  in the forward-looking  statements.
The Company disclaims  any obligation  or intention to  update or  to
revise any  forward-looking statement,  whether as  a result  of  new
information, future events or otherwise.  Such information  contained
herein represents management's  best judgment as  of the date  hereof
based on information currently available.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the
adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Western GeoPower Corp.
837 West Hastings Street Suite 411 Vancouver, 
BC<br>V6C 3N6 Canada

WKN: 254049; ISIN: CA95827Q1037; 


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