Canacol Energy Ltd. Announces Award of the Tamarin E&P Contract in Colombia and $2 Million Convertible Unsecured Subordinate Debenture Financing


    CALGARY, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Canacol Energy Ltd. ("Canacol" or the
"Corporation") (TSX VENTURE: CNE) is pleased to announce that it has been
awarded the Tamarin Exploration and Production Contract ("Tamarin E&P
Contract") by the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos ("ANH") of Colombia, and
that it has entered into an agreement with Canaccord Capital Corporation
("Canaccord") to raise gross proceeds of up to $2,000,000 (the "Offering")
through a convertible unsecured subordinate debenture financing.

    Tamarin E&P Contract

    The Tamarin E&P Contract is located approximately 25 kilometers directly
to the southwest of the Ombu E&P Contract which contains the Corporation's
Capella heavy oil discovery, which is currently under appraisal. Based upon
the available geophysical and geological data in this frontier area, the
Corporation has determined that the fault trend present at its Capella
discovery to the northeast continues onto the Tamarin E&P Contract, setting up
the potential for another Capella type heavy oil prospect. Together with the
nearby Pacarana TEA, awarded to the Corporation in July 2009, Canacol now has
a 100% operated position in approximately 500,000 hectares of exploration land
offsetting its Capella discovery. Including its interest in the Ombu E&P
Contract, operated by Emerald Energy Plc., the Corporation now has interest in
approximately 530,000 hectares in this portion of the basin.
    Charle Gamba, President and CEO of Canacol, stated, "Canacol in the past
two months has secured over 500,000 hectares of operated exploration acreage
adjacent to its Capella heavy oil discovery on the Ombu E&P Contract at 100%
working interest. The Tamarin E&P Contract represents one of the last
contracts that will be awarded directly to industry, as all of the remaining
open acreage in the area has recently been reserved for future competitive bid
rounds by the ANH in what has become a significant emerging heavy oil
exploration play in Colombia. Canacol's exploration success at Capella has put
this part of Colombia on the map, and the Corporation has taken full advantage
of its status as a qualified operator to negotiate both of these contracts
directly with the ANH. This qualification provides Canacol with a significant
competitive advantage over other junior players."
    The Corporation has a 100% working interest in the Tamarin E&P Contract,
which is approximately 27,500 hectares in size and is located in the Putumayo
- Caguan Basin of Colombia. The terms of the six year contract are as follows:

    Phase 1 Exploration Period: The Corporation will acquire, process and
interpret 60 kilometers of 2D seismic and interpret all existing magnetic and
gravity geophysical data. The duration of this phase is 18 months, with an
anticipated cost of approximately US$1,600,000.

    Phase 2 Exploration Period: The Corporation will drill one exploration
well within a period of 18 months.

    Phase 3 Exploration Period: The Corporation will acquire, process and
interpret 30 square kilometers of 3D seismic within a period of 12 months.

    Phase 4 Exploration Period: The Corporation will drill two exploration
wells within a period of 24 months.

    Based upon the results of the Phase 1 Exploration Period activities, the
Corporation has the option to proceed to the Phase 2 Exploration Period and
associated activity or relinquish the contract.

    Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debenture Financing

    The Offering shall be comprised of up to 20, $100,000 par value
convertible unsecured subordinate debentures (the "Debentures") subject to a
coupon interest rate of 12% per annum, payable quarterly in arrears through
the issuance of common shares of the Corporation at a price equal to a 10%
discount to the volume weighted average trading price of the Corporation's
common shares for the 10 trading days immediately preceding the quarterly
interest payment date or such higher price as any regulatory body shall
require. The Debentures will have a term of 24 months with maturity on
September 4, 2011, and will be convertible into common shares of the
Corporation at the holder's option at a conversion price equal to $0.36 per
common share. Canaccord will be paid a commission equal to 10% of aggregate
gross proceeds raised from the Offering, which will be satisfied through the
issuance of common shares of the Corporation at a price equal to $0.345 per
common share. The Offering will also include an over-allotment option of up to
20 Debentures, which will be granted to Canaccord Capital Corporation.
    The Company expects the Offering to close on or around September 4, 2009.
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund the Corporation's
remaining commitment to acquire an additional 35% working interest on its
onshore exploration block in Guyana and for its Tamarin E&P Contract.
    Completion of the private placement is subject to certain conditions
including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory
approvals including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

    Canacol is a Canadian based international oil and gas corporation with
operations in Colombia, Brazil and Guyana. Canacol is publicly traded on TSX
Venture Exchange (TSXV: CNE). The Corporation's public filings may be found at

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking statements are
frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project",
"intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or
statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur, including
without limitation statements relating to estimated production rates from the
Corporation's properties and intended work programs and associated timelines.
Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of
management at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of
risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or
results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking
statements. The Corporation cannot assure that actual results will be
consistent with these forward looking statements. They are made as of the date
hereof and are subject to change and the Corporation assumes no obligation to
revise or update them to reflect new circumstances, except as required by law.
Prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward looking
statements. These factors include the inherent risks involved in the
exploration for and development of crude oil and natural gas properties, the
uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological
and geophysical data, fluctuating energy prices, the possibility of cost
overruns or unanticipated costs or delays and other uncertainties associated
with the oil and gas industry. Other risk factors could include risks
associated with negotiating with foreign governments as well as country risk
associated with conducting international activities, and other factors, many
of which are beyond the control of the Corporation.

    A barrel of oil equivalent (boe) is derived by converting gas to oil in
the ratio of six thousand cubic feet of gas to oil and may be misleading,
particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion is based on an energy
equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does
not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead, especially in various
international jurisdictions.

    Neither 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.

For further information:

For further information: Charle Gamba, Phone: (281) 210-8456, Email:,

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