Canacol Energy Ltd.

Canacol Energy Ltd.

September 17, 2009 12:27 ET

Canacol Energy Ltd. Provides Update on Operated Development Drilling Program in Colombia

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - Canacol Energy Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CNE) ("Canacol" or the "Corporation") is pleased to provide an update of its development drilling program in its operated producing oil fields in Colombia. The Corporation has a 100% operated working interest in the Rancho Hermoso field and a 60% working interest in the Entrerrios field, both located in the Llanos Basin of Colombia. Through to the end of 2009, the Corporation has plans to drill 2 new development wells and work over 1 existing well in the Rancho Hermoso field, and drill 1 new development well and work over 2 existing producing wells in the Entrerrios field.

The Corporation commenced drilling operations on the Rancho Hermoso 3A well on August 18, 2009, which reached a total depth of 9,333 feet measured depth in the Mirador reservoir target. The well encountered 24 feet of net interpreted oil pay within the Mirador reservoir, which was perforated from 9,118 to 9,133 feet measured depth. The Corporation is currently tying the well into the permanent existing production facility, and it is anticipated that the well will be on full production within 2 weeks.

The Saxon 126 drilling rig is currently being mobilized to the Entrerrios field to commence the drilling of the Entrerrios 5 well, which is anticipated to spud in the last week of September. The objective of the Entrerrios 5 well is the Cretaceous Ubaque reservoir. The drilling rig will then be mobilized back to the Rancho Hermoso field in early November to commence drilling of the Rancho Hermoso 5 well. The objective of the Rancho Hermoso 5 well is the Mirador reservoir.

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

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