Hemisphere Energy Closes First Tranche of Private Placement

Vancouver BC, July 30, 2009. Hemisphere Energy Corporation (TSXV: HME) successfully closed the first tranche of its private placement announced May 25, 2009. This tranche consisting of the sale of 765,000 units at $0.25 per unit, for proceeds of $191,250. Each unit consists of one common share and one share purchase warrant, with each warrant entitling the holder to purchase one additional common share at a price of $0.35 until July 29, 2010. The proceeds raised will be used for financing acquisitions, including the Sylvan Lake property acquisition announced by Hemisphere Energy on May 4, 2009, and general working capital purposes. All of the securities issued in connection with the closing of this first tranche are subject to a hold period in Canada until November 30 2009.

The Sylvan Lake acquisition is aligned with Hemisphere Energy’s overall strategy of focusing on developing and purchasing areas with multi-zone potential that provide medium to low risk drilling opportunities that will increase the Company’s production, reserves and cash flow.

The Company’s management and board view the market conditions as providing an excellent opportunity to aggressively pursue value-added acquisitions. Hemisphere Energy continues to evaluate numerous opportunities that complement its producing Trutch property in northeast British Columbia.

Hemisphere Energy is committed to building a strong and successful oil and gas company through its experienced management and directors and will continue to grow its cash flow, production and reserves, while maintaining a low overhead.

For further information on Hemisphere Energy Corporation, visit our website at www.hemisphereenergy.ca or call Don Simmons, President and CEO at (604) 685-9255.


Don Simmons

President & CEO

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