Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - November 25, 2019) - PetroTal Corp. (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) ("PetroTal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling of the Company's second horizontal well ("5H"), located on the Bretaña field, Peru, is progressing according to budget and timeline. The well reached the target Vivian formation at the prognosed vertical depth of 2,696 meters and 700 meters of the planned 870 meters horizontal section have been drilled, which is inside the main productive oil reservoir. Completion of the well, tie-in, and initial production tests are expected to commence on or before December 15, 2019.
The Company also expects to complete commissioning of the Central Production Facilities ("CPF-1") during the week of December 22, 2019, increasing the nominal production facility capacity to 10,000 barrels of oil per day ("BOPD") and 40,000 barrels of water per day ("BWPD"). Based on our recent field production experience of being able to produce 8,000 BOPD with a facility having 5,000 BOPD nominal capacity, management similarly expects that CPF-1 will be able to handle in the order of 15,000 BOPD.
In light of management's confidence that the 5H will behave similarly to the 4H well, which produced 200,000 barrels of oil in just 35 days, and that the CPF-1 will handle more than its nominal oil processing capacity, the Company is pleased to increase its year-end production guidance from 10,000 BOPD to 11,000 - 13,000 BOPD.
Manolo Zuniga, President and Chief Executive Officer stated:
"We are delighted with the progress made on the 5H well and the commissioning of the CPF-1 facilities. We set ourselves an ambitious target of achieving 10,000 BOPD by year-end 2019, so to exceed this is of great testament to the team we have assembled. I would like to congratulate our operations and drilling team for executing at an extremely high level since we started operations two years ago, and showcasing that we can handle more oil than the equipment's nominal capacity which is now allowing us to forecast higher 2019 exit oil rates and, importantly, a strong production base as we enter 2020."
Qualified Person's Statement
Estuardo Alvarez-Calderon, the Company's Vice President, Operations, who has over 35 years of relevant experience in the oil industry, has approved the technical information contained in this announcement. Mr. Alvarez-Calderon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin and is registered on the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.
PetroTal is a publicly‐traded, dual‐listed (TSXV: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) oil and gas development and production company domiciled in Calgary, Alberta, focused on the development of oil assets in Peru. PetroTal's flagship asset is the Bretaña oil field in Peru's Block 95 where oil production was initiated in June 2018, six months after acquisition. Additionally, the Company has large exploration prospects and is engaged in finding a partner to drill the Osheki prospect in Block 107. The Company's management team has significant experience in developing and exploring for oil in Northern Peru and is led by a Board of Directors that is focused on safely and cost effectively developing the Bretaña oil field. More information on the Company can be found at www.PetroTal‐Corp.com.
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Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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President and Chief Executive Officer
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Mark Antelme / Jimmy Lea
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James Spinney / Ritchie Balmer / Eric Allan
Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated & Financial Adviser)
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John Prior / Emily Morris
Numis Securities Limited (Joint Broker)
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Jonathan Wright / Hugh R. Sanderson
GMP FirstEnergy (Joint Broker)
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OIL AND GAS INFORMATION: The NSAI Report was prepared by NSAI, an independent qualified reserves evaluator, in accordance with the standards contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (the "COGE Handbook") and the reserve definitions contained in National Instrument 51‐101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51‐101").
References in this press release to production test rates, initial test production rates, and other short-term production rates are useful in confirming the presence of hydrocarbons, however such rates are not determinative of the rates at which such wells will commence production and decline thereafter and are not indicative of long term performance or of ultimate recovery. While encouraging, readers are cautioned not to place reliance on such rates in calculating the aggregate production for PetroTal. A pressure transient analysis or well-test interpretation has not been carried out in respect of all wells. Accordingly, the Company cautions that the test results should be considered to be preliminary.
FOFI DISCLOSURE: This press release contains future-oriented financial information and financial outlook information (collectively, "FOFI") about PetroTal's prospective results of operations, production, NPV10 and components thereof, all of which are subject to the same assumptions, risk factors, limitations and qualifications as set forth in the above paragraphs. FOFI contained in this press release was approved by management as of the date of this press release and was provided for the purpose of providing further information about PetroTal's anticipated future business operations. PetroTal disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any FOFI contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required pursuant to applicable law. Readers are cautioned that the FOFI contained in this press release should not be used for purposes other than for which it is disclosed herein. All FOFI contained in this press release complies with the requirements of Canadian securities legislation, including NI 51-101.
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