Canacol Energy Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : CNE

Canacol Energy Ltd.

October 27, 2009 16:30 ET

Canacol Energy Ltd. Completes Acquisition of 90% Interest of the Takutu Basin, Guyana

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2009) - Canacol Energy Ltd. ("Canacol" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:CNE) is pleased to announce that the share purchase agreement (the "Agreement") with a subsidiary of Groundstar Resources Limited ("Groundstar") and Groundstar for the purchase of all the shares of Groundstar Resources Inc. has been completed. The acquisition provides for an additional working interest in the Takutu Basin Petroleum Prospecting Licence ("PPL") in Guyana as was originally announced on May 15, 2009. Under the terms of the Agreement, Canacol acquired a 90% working interest in the PPL in exchange for a cash payment to Groundstar of US$3.45 million. Groundstar's net interest is 10% which will be carried by the Corporation to first commercial production. Groundstar will remain operator of the PPL through to completion of the first exploratory well expected to be spud prior to May, 2010. Management of the Corporation believe that this acquisition is accretive to the shareholders of the Corporation and provides the Corporation with exposure to a greater interest in a material frontier oil appraisal project and exploration prospect within a basin which has been proven to contain a light oil hydrocarbon system.

The Corporation was previously committed to spend approximately US$12,000,000 (paying 100% of the costs through this expenditure amount) on the PPL to earn a 55% interest through a farm-in agreement with Groundstar dated May 18, 2008. The farm-in agreement is terminated by the completion of this acquisition.

The Corporation is currently considering options with respect to farming out a portion of its current working interest in the PPL to industry partners.

Canacol is a Canadian based international oil and gas corporation with operations in Colombia, Brazil and Guyana. Canacol is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX VENTURE:CNE). The Corporation's public filings may be found at www.sedar.com.

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