Canacol Energy Ltd.

Canacol Energy Ltd.

June 23, 2010 06:00 ET

Canacol Energy Ltd Wins Four E&P Contracts in the "Ronda Colombia 2010" Exploration Bid Round in Colombia

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Canacol Energy Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CNE) ("Canacol" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce it has won four Exploration and Production Contracts ("E&P Contracts") in the Upper Magdalena Basin of Colombia via its wholly owned Colombian subsidiary, Rancho Hermoso S.A. The Upper Magdalena Basin is one of Colombia's main producing hydrocarbon basins with production dominated by light to medium oil. Canacol secured a 100% operated working interest in each of the COR-10, COR-11, COR-39, and VSM-3 E&P Contracts which were offered to the industry by the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarbouros ("ANH") at a public exploration bid round held in Cartagena, Colombia yesterday. With the successful award of these four E&P Contracts Canacol has increased its total net acreage in Colombia from 1.6 million acres to 2.1 million acres, representing an increase of 31%. Canacol anticipates signing of the E&P contracts in July or August of 2010 in accordance with the terms of reference associated with the bid round.

Charle Gamba, President and CEO of Canacol, stated "We are very pleased with our success at the bid round yesterday in Colombia. The Corporation has mapped significant medium and light oil exploration opportunities on these four blocks and has now added a new core exploration growth area to its existing portfolio of high potential exploration opportunities in Colombia."

Each of the four blocks has a six year exploration term divided into two 36 month exploration phases. The Phase 1 work program commitments associated with each of the blocks are summarized below.

COR - 10 (100% Operated Working Interest - 45,477 Ha)

10 kms of 2D seismic and 1 exploration well for a total gross value of US$6.4 million

COR - 11 (100% Operated Working Interest - 71,595 Ha)

155 kilometers ("kms") of 2D seismic and 1 exploration well for a total gross value of US$ 12.2 million

COR - 39 (100% Operated Working Interest – 38,488 Ha)

90 kms of 2D seismic and 2 exploration wells for a total commitment of US$15.6 million

VSM - 3 (100% Operated Working Interest – 42,087 Ha)

80 kms of 2D seismic and 2 exploration wells for a total commitment of US$9.2 million

The Corporation is obligated to place a total of US$13.3 million in letters of credit with the ANH 15 days after signing the new E&P contracts. Canacol plans to fund the capital programs for the four new blocks over the next 3 years with a combination of cash flow from production operations and existing cash on hand of approximately US$ 68 million.

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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