Petrominerales Ltd.

Petrominerales Ltd.

July 20, 2011 13:15 ET

Petrominerales Announces Closing of Strategic Acquisition of Interest in Colombia's Ocensa Pipeline

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA--(Marketwire - July 20, 2011) - Petrominerales Ltd. ("Petrominerales" or the "Company") (TSX:PMG) is pleased to announce that we, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, have closed our previously announced acquisition of a five percent interest in the Oleoducto Central S.A. ("Ocensa") crude oil pipeline from Total E&P Holdings, for a purchase price of US$281 million.

The 830 kilometre Ocensa pipeline starts onshore at the Cusiana and Cupiagua fields and terminates at the port in Coveñas on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The Ocensa pipeline is presently running at capacity, transporting approximately 560,000 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") from the Llanos Basin, representing sixty percent of the current total oil production in Colombia.

Petrominerales expects to transport crude oil through the Ocensa pipeline commencing September 1, 2011, providing us with strategic access to transportation infrastructure. This acquisition is expected to lower our transportation costs compared to trucking for a significant portion of our Llanos basin production, especially in the near term given the limited existing transportation infrastructure in Colombia. In addition, increasing the volume of our oil transported by pipeline reduces risks associated with trucking oil and our exposure to escalating trucking costs.

The expansion of our infrastructure base through this acquisition enhances our marketing flexibility by improving our access to international crude oil markets and pricing, having the potential to further strengthen our netbacks. Along with our 9.65% interest in the Bicentenario pipeline (OBC), this acquisition supports our long-term corporate objectives by securing strategic transportation capacity for our growing base of production, including our heavy oil opportunities. The acquisition of an interest in Ocensa aligns with Petrominerales' corporate objective of continuing to be the highest netback producer in Colombia.

TD Securities Inc. acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Petrominerales.

Petrominerales Ltd. is an international oil and gas company operating in Latin America since 2002. Today, Petrominerales is the most active exploration company and the fourth largest oil producer in Colombia. Our high quality land base and multi-year inventory of exploration opportunities provides long-term growth potential for years to come.

ForwardLooking Statements. Certain information provided in this press release constitutes forwardlooking statements. Specifically, this press release contains forwardlooking statements relating to the Company's acquisition of an interest in the Ocensa pipeline and the anticipated benefits to Petrominerales relating from such acquisition. The forwardlooking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions, including expectations and assumptions concerning future costs and benefits associated with the acquisition of an interest in pipeline infrastructure, the success of future drilling and development activities, the performance of existing Llanos Basin wells, the performance of new wells, prevailing commodity prices and economic conditions, and timing of completion of other infrastructure in Colombia. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Actual results achieved during the forecast period will vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors. You can find a discussion of those risks and uncertainties in our Canadian securities filings. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; fluctuations in oil prices; availability of transportation and offloading capacity in Colombia, outcome of exploration contract negotiations; fluctuation in foreign currency exchange rates; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; changes in environmental and other regulations; risks associated with oil and gas operations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. There is no representation by Petrominerales that actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as those forecast. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Petrominerales assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forwardlooking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information

  • Petrominerales Ltd.
    Corey C. Ruttan
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    403.750.4400 or 011.571.629.2701 (FAX)

    Petrominerales Ltd.
    Jack F. Scott
    Chief Operating Officer
    403.750.4400 or 011.571.629.2701 (FAX)

    Petrominerales Ltd.
    Kelly D. Sledz
    Chief Financial Officer
    403.750.4400 or 011.571.629.2701 (FAX)