Notice to the Market - Monitoring of Well Drilling in Exploratory Blocks located in Solimões Sedimentary Basin

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. ("Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3) (TSXV: HRP), continuing the process of disclosing the progress of the well drilling in the areas under concession, announces the status of operations with position on today's date at 3:00pm.

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Current depth: 2,962m.

Current status: cutting 95/8"shoe coating and beginning phase 4 drilling.

Zone of interest forecast for depth of 2,990m to 3,400m.

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Current depth: 2,361m.

Current status: drilling phase 3.

Zone of interest forecast for depth of 3,060m to 3,500m.

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Current depth: 2,579m.

Current status: Drilling phase 4.

Zone of interest forecast for depth of 2,260m to 2,620m.

HRT informs that the sedimentary section has been crossed, including the Lower Juruá Formation, and is currently drilling through the aeolian sandstones of the Devonian Section. The end of drilling to occur over the coming days will enable a final logging to be made.

The rules established by the Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis - "ANP") require that any market disclosure of petroleum discovery may only occur after approval of Notice from the ANP.

In order to caracterize a discovery, pursuant to the terms of the rules and procedures defined by the ANP, evidence of hydrocarbon ("HC") must occur in a same zone, and this is appraised by two of the methods listed below:

  • HC shows (cuttings, core, side wall samples) and/or gas detector;

  • HC indicating in MWD or by interpreting the LWD or conventional profiles;

  • HC Recovery in Drillstem test - DST or Formation Test;

  • HC evidence in the surface while drilling underbalanced or under evidence of kicks.

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Current depth: 1,099m.

Current status: drilling phase 2.

Zone of interest forecast for depth of 2,360m to 2,700m.

To learn more about each well, click on the link Below:

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http://www.hrt.com.br/hrt/web/conteudo_en.asp?idioma=1&tipo=32124&conta=44&id=131793

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http://www.hrt.com.br/hrt/web/conteudo_en.asp?idioma=1&tipo=32124&conta=44&id=134492

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http://www.hrt.com.br/hrt/web/conteudo_en.asp?idioma=1&tipo=32124&conta=44&id=134939

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http://www.hrt.com.br/hrt/web/conteudo_en.asp?idioma=1&tipo=32124&conta=44&id=136808

For further information, contact HRT`s Investor Relations Department.

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Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

About HRT
HRT Participações holds one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in Brazil. The HRT Group comprises eight main subsidiaries: IPEX (Integrated Petroleum Expertise Company Serviços em Petróleo Ltda.), HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda., HRT Netherlands B.V., HRT África Petróleo S.A., HRT América Inc., BN47 Serviços Aéreos Ltda., Ranger Participações Ltda. and UNX Energy Corp. The Company retains a 55% interest in 21 exploratory blocks in the Solimões Basin. HRT also operates ten exploratory blocks at the Namibian coast, where it retains interest in two of them, in the Walvis Sub-basin, and in other eight, in the Orange Sub-basin. HRT's team includes PHDs and masters in geochemistry, geophysics, biology and engineering, most of them former employees of Petrobras and ANP (Brazil petroleum agency). HRT is committed to minimizing any possible environmental impacts in the sites where it acts. Our commitment to the local communities is towards health conditions, security and quality of life. For more information, please visit the Company's website: www.hrt.com.br/ir

Disclaimer
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forwardlooking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our drilling and seismic plans, operating costs, acquisition of equipment, expectations of finding oil, the quality of oil we expect to produce and our other plans and objectives. Readers can identify many of these statements by looking for words such as "expects", "believe", "hope" and "will" and similar words or the negative thereof. Although management believes that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. By their nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions and, accordingly, forward looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution readers of this news release not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements because a number of factors may cause actual future circumstances, results, conditions, actions or events to differ materially from the plans, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements.

The following risk factors could affect our operations: the contingent resource and prospective resource evaluation reports involving a significant degree of uncertainty and being based on projections that may not prove to be accurate; inherent risks to the exploration and production of oil and natural gas; limited operating history as an oil and natural gas exploration and production company; drilling and other operational hazards; breakdown or failure of equipment or processes; contractor or operator errors; non-performance by third party contractors; labour disputes, disruptions or declines in productivity; increases in materials or labour costs; inability to attract sufficient labour; requirements for significant capital investment and maintenance expenses which HRT may not be able to finance; cost overruns and delays; exposure to fluctuations in currency and commodity prices; political and economic conditions in Namibia and Brazil; complex laws that can affect the cost, manner or feasibility of doing business; environmental, safety and health regulation which may become stricter in the future and lead to an increase in liabilities and capital expenditures, including indemnity and penalties for environmental damage; early termination, non-renewal and other similar provisions in concession contracts; and competition. We caution that this list of factors is not exhaustive and that, when relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should also carefully consider other uncertainties and potential events. The forward-looking statements herein are made based on the assumption that our plans and operations will not be affected by such risks, but that, if our plans and operations are affected by such risks, the forward-looking statements may become inaccurate.

The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release. Except as required by applicable securities laws, we do not undertake to update such forward-looking statements.

SOURCE HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.

For further information:

Marcio Rocha Mello - CEO and Investor Relations Officer
+55 21 2105-9700
ri@hrt.com.br

Eliana Rodriques - IR Manager 
+55 21 2105-9745
eliana.rodrigues@hrt.com.br  

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