Canacol Energy Ltd.

Canacol Energy Ltd.

June 11, 2013 06:30 ET

Canacol Energy Ltd. Announces Spud of the Oso Pardo 1 Shale Oil Exploration Well in Colombia

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 11, 2013) - Canacol Energy Ltd. ("Canacol" or the "Corporation") (TSX:CNE)(BVC:CNEC) is pleased to announce the commencement of drilling operations for the Oso Pardo 1 exploration well being drilled on the Santa Isabel Exploration and Production ("E&P") contract located in the Middle Magdalena Valley of Colombia. Pursuant to the terms of the agreements between Canacol and ConocoPhillips Colombia Ventures Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Company ("ConocoPhillips") (NYSE:COP), Canacol will hold a 30% operated working interest in the deep Cretaceous section of the contract, with ConocoPhillips holding 70% working interest. Canacol retains a 100% contractual interest in the shallow Tertiary section of the Concession Contract. The formalization of the aforementioned working interest remains subject to the official approval of the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos.

The well is situated approximately 12 kilometers west of the recently drilled Mono Arana 1 discovery located on the adjacent VMM2 E&P contract, in which Canacol has a 20% non-operated working interest. As previously disclosed, the Mono Arana 1 well encountered oil in both the Tertiary Lisama sandstone and naturally fractured shales of the Cretaceous La Luna Formation. Canacol holds approximately 253,000 net acres of the prospective shale oil trend across five E&P contracts located in the Middle and Upper Magdalena Valley of Colombia.

Charle Gamba, President and CEO of Canacol, stated: "We are pleased to have started the drilling of the first exploration well with our partner ConocoPhillips to test both the conventional shallow and the deeper shale oil potential of the Santa Isabel contract. Based upon the recent success of the Mono Arana 1 exploration well drilled late last year with our partners on the adjacent VMM2 contract, we are optimistic of the outcome at Oso Pardo 1 well with respect to the continued de-risking of our approximately 253,000 net acres of prospective shale oil located in the Magdalena Valley of Colombia."

The Oso Pardo 1 well was spud on June 10, 2013, and is designed to test the oil potential of both the shallow conventional Tertiary Lisama sandstone reservoir and deeper naturally fractured shale and carbonate reservoirs within the La Luna and Simiti oil shales.

The Corporation also announces that Platino Energy Ltd spud the Coati 1 exploration well, located in the southern Putumayo Basin, on June 6, 2013. The Corporation has the right to earn a 20 percent working interest in the contract after satisfying the earning conditions, subject to seeking ANH approval at the time such right is exercised.

Canacol Energy is an exploration and production corporation with operations focused in Colombia and Ecuador. The Corporation's common stock trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Colombia Stock Exchange under ticker symbol (TSX:CNE) and (BVC:CNEC), respectively.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur, including without limitation statements relating to estimated production rates from the Corporation's properties and intended work programs and associated timelines. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Corporation cannot assure that actual results will be consistent with these forward looking statements. They are made as of the date hereof and are subject to change and the Corporation assumes no obligation to revise or update them to reflect new circumstances, except as required by law. Information and guidance provided herein supersedes and replaces any forward looking information provided in prior disclosures. Prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements. These factors include the inherent risks involved in the exploration for and development of crude oil and natural gas properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological and geophysical data, fluctuating energy prices, the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated costs or delays and other uncertainties associated with the oil and gas industry. Other risk factors could include risks associated with negotiating with foreign governments as well as country risk associated with conducting international activities, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Corporation. Other risks are more fully described in the Corporation's most recent Management Discussion and Analysis, which is incorporated herein by reference and is filed on

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