Canacol Energy Ltd.

Canacol Energy Ltd.

July 12, 2013 08:00 ET

Canacol Energy Ltd. Announces that Coati 1 Exploration Well Reaches Total Depth in Colombia

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 12, 2013) - Canacol Energy Ltd. (TSX:CNE)(BVC:CNEC) ("Canacol" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that the Coati-1 well on the Coati Block in the Southern Putumayo Basin of Colombia has successfully drilled to a planned total depth of approximately 10,800 feet. As initially planned, Platino Energy Corp. ("Platino" or the "Operator"), has run casing to the top of the Caballos formation (at approximately 10,460 feet) and plans to case the well through to the Caballos formation at approximately 10,800 feet. As previously announced by the Operator, the Operator plans an extensive test program which is expected to take several weeks with plans to release preliminary well results only at the end of the program.

Platino currently holds a 100% working interest in the Coati Block, with its interest reducing to 80% once Canacol earns a 20% interest pursuant to agreed farm-in terms.

Canacol is an exploration and production company with operations focused in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Guyana. The Corporation's common stock trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Colombia Stock Exchange under ticker symbol CNE and CNE.C, respectively.

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