SOURCE: Pacific Energy Development

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January 07, 2015 17:45 ET

Pacific Energy Development Announces Commencement of Initial Production Rate Testing of New Loomis Wells

Early Net Production From Just One Well Has Doubled Net Production for the Company

DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwired - January 07, 2015) - PEDEVCO Corp. d/b/a Pacific Energy Development (NYSE MKT: PED), an energy company engaged in the acquisition and development of strategic, high-growth energy projects in the U.S., announced today that it has commenced testing to determine the initial production rates of the Company's 3 new horizontal Loomis wells recently drilled and completed on a 3-well pad in Weld County, Colorado. Since completion, the three Loomis wells -- the Loomis 2-1H, Loomis 2-3H and Loomis 2-6H -- have been on flow-back. With recent sub-zero temperatures in Eastern Colorado, the flow-back was temporarily reduced or halted at times. Through the use of heaters coupled with higher outside temperatures, the Company has now resumed flow-back and is commencing initial production rate testing of these wells.

Based on the initial flow-back, the Company anticipates these wells will exceed the average initial production rates of all prior horizontal wells drilled and completed by the Company in Colorado. The Loomis 2-6H well alone, after recovery of only approximately 25% of the frac load and without use of artificial lift, was initially producing 540 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and 300 thousand cubic feet of gas (mcfgd) (590 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd)) prior to slowing down flow-back due to the freezing temperatures. The Company anticipates production to increase as more of the frac load is recovered and the well is placed on artificial lift this week.

The Loomis wells are all operated by the Company's wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Red Hawk Petroleum, LLC, with the Company having an approximately 49.7% net working interest in each well. The Loomis 2-6H well reached a total measured depth of 11,335 feet, with a 6,298 foot total vertical depth and 4,694 foot lateral length with 25 frac stages, the Loomis 2-3H well reached a total measured depth of 11,345 feet, with a 6,321 foot total vertical depth and 4,614 foot lateral length with 18 frac stages, and the Loomis 2-1H well reached a total measured depth of 11,365 feet, with a 6,334 foot total vertical depth and 4,851 foot lateral length with 18 frac stages, all through the Niobrara "B" Bench target zone. The Company anticipates that drilling and completion costs for each of the wells will be under budget at below $4 million per well.

Commenting on these wells, Mr. Frank C. Ingriselli, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We are excited by the rates of production from each of these new wells, which we believe will be transformative for our Company. We anticipate that initial production net to the Company from the Loomis 2-6H well alone will more than double our current daily production, with the Loomis 2-3H and 2-1H wells only adding to this. We are encouraged that our thoughtful application of improved completion techniques, coupled with careful and efficient control of our costs, looks to be paying dividends as we anticipate these new Loomis wells to be coming online with very strong production at costs below $4 million each. We look forward to announcing initial production rates of each of these new wells within the coming week."

About Pacific Energy Development (PEDEVCO Corp.)
PEDEVCO Corp, d/b/a Pacific Energy Development (NYSE MKT: PED), is a publicly-traded energy company engaged in the acquisition and development of strategic, high growth energy projects, including shale oil and gas assets, in the United States. The Company's principal asset is its D-J Basin Asset located in the D-J Basin in Colorado. The Company has also previously announced its entry into an agreement to acquire an indirect 5% interest in a company which will hold a 380,000 acre producing asset located in the Pre-Caspian Basin, one of the largest producing basins in Kazakhstan. Pacific Energy Development is headquartered in Danville, California, with an operations office in Houston, Texas.

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