Americas Petrogas New Shale Oil Exploration Discovery in the Southwest Region of the Neuquen Basin
February 25, 2013 - Calgary, Alberta
Americas Petrogas (TSX VENTURE: BOE) ("Americas Petrogas" or the "Company") is pleased to announce a new light oil discovery on its Totoral block in the Southwestern region of the Neuquen Basin, Argentina. The discovery well, LHo.x-1, drilled and established oil production potential from the Vaca Muerta Shale in a new and large region, the Picun Leufu Sub-Basin, which extends over much of the Company's three southernmost blocks -- Totoral, Yerba Buena and Bajada Colorada (1,126,600 acres or 4,559 square kilometres or 1,760 sections).
Mr. Barclay Hambrook, President and CEO of Americas Petrogas, said, "This new exploration discovery is very exciting for Americas Petrogas as it adds significant exploration upside to a very large area where the Vaca Muerta formation could be produced at relatively shallow depths. I thank our team for their dedication and their decision-making, which were instrumental in this new discovery."
The LHo.x-1 well was drilled (approximately 1900 metres total depth), cased and cemented in mid-2012. It intersected the Vaca Muerta Shale formation with thickness of 666 feet or 203 metres with oil and gas shows through the whole shale column. During drilling, hydrocarbon shows were also encountered and data acquired in the Mulichinco (299 feet thick), Quintuco (2,172 feet thick), and Quebrada del Sapo (190 feet thick) formations.
In January 2013, a three-stage hydraulic stimulation program was performed in the Vaca Muerta shale formation. After the initial clean-up flow back, the well produced through an electrical submersible pump during a 20-day test period at a total liquid rate of 300 to 600 barrels per day (bpd) which included 30 to 60 barrels of oil per day (bopd) of high quality light sweet oil, 33 degrees API gravity. During this test period the well did not show any rate decline. Currently, the LHo.x-1 well is shut in for a Pressure Build-Up Test that will be followed by a test to determine the fluid contribution of each interval that was hydraulically stimulated. As well, core analysis and studies are still in progress.
Mr. Guimar Vaca Coca, Managing Director of the Company's Argentina operation, said "This new discovery proves that the Vaca Muerta is over-pressured at a shallow depth and could increase the known extent of the Neuquen Basin, which could potentially increase hydrocarbon resources for Americas Petrogas, the Neuquen Province, and Argentina as a whole."
Americas Petrogas (Operator) holds 90% working interest on the Totoral, Yerba Buena and Bajada Colorada blocks and Gas y Petroleo del Neuquen has a 10% working interest.
Additional information about this new discovery is available at the following link: http://americaspetrogas.com/presentation/LaHoya%20VM%20Oil%20Discovery%20Slides%20with%20Press%20Release%20Feb%202013.pdf
About Americas Petrogas Inc.
Americas Petrogas Inc. is a Canadian company whose shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "BOE". Americas Petrogas has conventional and unconventional (shale and tight sands) oil and gas interests in numerous blocks in the Neuquen Basin of Argentina. Americas Petrogas has joint venture partners, including ExxonMobil and Apache, on various blocks in Argentina. For more information about Americas Petrogas, please visit www.americaspetrogas.com
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In particular, statements (express or implied) regarding the ability of the Company to continue to test the LHo.x-1 well and/or to commercially produce or sell oil, gas or other hydrocarbons from the LHo.x-1 well (or any one of the formations contained therein), including the timing of such activities, and the future cost of future drilling and completion, including the relative cost compared to other areas, should all be viewed as forward looking statements. The presence of hydrocarbons from the LHo.x-1 well is not necessarily indicative that hydrocarbons are capable of being successfully produced in commercial quantities or at all. There is no assurance reserves will be assigned to such hydrocarbon bearing formations. There is no assurance that future wells will be drilled on Totoral, Yerba Buena, Bajada Colorada or other blocks, or that if drilled, such wells will be successful or commercial.
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Americas Petrogas Inc.
Barclay Hambrook, P. Eng., MBA
President and CEO