Petrolifera Petroleum Seeks to Clarify Press Reports About Planned Activity in Argentina



    CALGARY, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - Petrolifera Petroleum Limited (PDP - TSX) wishes
to clarify its position with respect to its ongoing activity in the Provinces
of Rio Negro and La Pampa, Argentina. There have been erroneous reports in the
media that the company is withdrawing from Argentina. These reports are not
correct.
    Petrolifera has a significant asset base in Argentina, primarily
associated with its Puesto Morales/Rinconada Concession in Rio Negro Province,
Argentina. The company also owns extensive acreage under its Vaca Mahuida
Concession and is scheduled to be awarded the Puesto Guevara Concession in Rio
Negro Province. In La Pampa, Petrolifera holds the Governador Ayala II
Concession.
    During the first nine months of 2007, Petrolifera produced an average of
approximately 8,400 bbl/d of crude oil and over two mmcf/d of natural gas.
This was in increase of 90 percent over 2006 levels. During this period,
Petrolifera invested approximately C$47.4 million in Argentina, primarily in
Rio Negro Province and has budgeted to drill 25 new wells in the fourth
quarter of 2007 and has four rigs and four service rigs currently working on
its Puesto Morales/Rinconada acreage. Total capital investment for the fourth
quarter of 2007, including for drilling and for facilities which are under
construction or being completed, has been established at C$45.5 million. This
would bring the companies total investment for calendar 2007 to approximately
C$92.9 million, considerably in excess of anticipated cash flow from
operations before working capital changes ("cash flow") for the period. The
company's capital budget for Argentina in 2008 was recently established at $76
million, with 69 wells and extensive seismic programs scheduled. The decline
from anticipated 2007 levels primarily relates to the pending completion of
the company's permanent production facilities.
    Since it embarked on its original drilling program at Puesto Morales in
late 2005, Petrolifera has made a number of significant new discoveries. The
company has since its formation drilled approximately 60 wells in Argentina,
with only one dry hole and one suspended well. Several new pool discoveries
have been made and the company has produced over four million barrels of crude
oil, all found through the drill bit. Capital investment in Argentina since
2005 has thus far totaled $90 million through September 30, 2007 and as
indicated, planned fourth quarter 2007 expenditures are $45.5 million with an
announced 2008 budget of $76 million. In addition to this capital investment,
Petrolifera has paid almost $30 million of royalties to the Province of La
Pampa and has paid over $40 million of cash income and other taxes to the
Government of Argentina.
    Yesterday, in announcing two new discoveries and a new zone completion on
its Puesto Morales Concession, Petrolifera commented that in light of the
recent proposed increase in Argentina's export tax on crude oil, which could
adversely but minimally impact on the company's anticipated 2008 cash flow, it
would be "reexamining its previously announced capital budget to determine
which, if any, of its anticipated 2008 Argentinean projects will have to be
deferred or eliminated due to the lower level of anticipated cash flow
relative to its actual and forecast sales levels anticipated to be achievable
during the year."
    It should be noted that in 2007 year to date, the average price received
by Petrolifera for its oil production was under C$46.00 per barrel, already
constrained by the impact of the prevailing export tax. The new indicated
ceiling of US$42.00, when adjusted for tax and royalty effects, gives rise to
the previously forecast reduction in cash flow for an assumed 10,000 bbl/d
sales level, and the investment community seems concerned that the new level
of export tax does appear to limit the potential for realizing a portion of
increases to the world price for crude oil sales during a time when cost
pressures could emerge in conducting field and other business activities.
    Petrolifera wishes to clarify that a reexamination of spending plans
should be considered to be in the ordinary course of business, as policy
changes such as the proposed increase in the export tax in Argentina impact on
available cash flow and also on prospective returns from reinvestment
activity. However, such a reexamination does not infer withdrawal or in fact a
cancellation or reduction in planned activity.
    While the company does also have cash balances and an essentially
unutilized US$60 million available credit facility to supplement cash flow in
its operations in financing its capital programs, cash flow from operations
remains the principal source of funding for new investment activity for most
oil companies.
    To reiterate, Petrolifera in no way stated that it was withdrawing from
Argentina or was otherwise curtailing its planned activity, but merely stated
that it would be "reexamining" its budgeted activity in light of the announced
policy changes. With four rigs and four service rigs currently active in Rio
Negro Province and a 3D seismic program underway in La Pampa Province,
Petrolifera is among the most active operators in Argentina and has become one
of the largest landholders and among the ten largest producers and operators
in Argentina, all achieved during the past two years. Such a level of
commitment and achievement is hardly reflective of an intention to withdraw
from the country and Petrolifera's position has been miscast in the media and
popular press.
    Petrolifera Petroleum Limited is a Calgary-based crude oil and natural
gas exploration and production company, with primary operations in Argentina
in the Neuquén Basin. The company is also actively exploring its seven million
acres in Peru where it holds two licenses in the Ucayali and Maranon Basins.
Also, approximately one million acres of rights are held in Colombia. In
addition to its drilling and seismic programs in Argentina, Petrolifera also
plans seismic and drilling programs in Peru and Colombia during 2008 as part
of its announced C$140 million capital budget, which will be substantially
financed from anticipated cash flow from operations during the year as its
production base in Argentina continues to increase.

    FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS - This press release contains "forward-looking
information", including but not limited to future drilling plans, anticipated
capital expenditures, forecast production and estimated flow rates and the
anticipated impact on the company of proposed increases in export taxes for
crude oil and refined products. These statements are based on current
expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could
cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These risks
include, but are not limited to risks associated with the oil and gas industry
(e.g. operational risks in development, exploration and production, delays or
changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or
capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of
estimates and projections in relation to production, costs and expenses and
health, safety and environmental risks), the risk of commodity price and
foreign exchange rate fluctuations, the uncertainty associated with
negotiating with foreign governments and risk associated with international
activity. Additional risks and uncertainties are described in the company's
Annual Information Form which is filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

    There can be no assurance that the flow rates of newly drilled wells will
result in stabilized production at these levels. Additionally, the impact of
increases in export taxes on crude oil and refined products are estimates only
and are subject to change. Due to the risks, uncertainties and assumptions
inherent in forward-looking information, prospective investors in the
company's securities should not place undue reliance on this forward-looking
information. Forward looking information contained in this press release are
made as of the date hereof and are subject to change. The company assumes no
obligation to revise or update forward looking statements to reflect new
circumstances, except as required by law.




For further information:

For further information: R.A. Gusella, Executive Chairman, Petrolifera
Petroleum Limited, Phone (403) 538-6202, Fax (403) 538-6225

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