RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. (the "Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3, TSX-V: HRP) announces that its subsidiary HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda ("HRT O&G"), on June 16, 2012 at 00:00 a.m., spudded the well 1-HRT-9-AM, in the Castanheira prospect (1-HRT-191-03-AM), located in the Block SOL-T-191, in the Solimões Sedimentary Basin, in the Municipality of Carauari-AM.
The well 1-HRT-9-AM will test the presence of hydrocarbons in an anticlinal structure of approximately 20 km² area located to the south of the Juruá Field in a possible extension of the gas trend recently confirmed by 1-HRT-5-AM (gas discovery at the Sândalo Prospect). In the past, this trend has been successfully tested by three previous Petrobras wells. In addition, one well is currently under drilling (1-HRT-8-AM) that we believe can be concluded in the next three weeks. The confirmation of gas deposits in this well is part of a major objective to quantify this new gas province encompassing part of blocks 191, 192, 169 and 170, aiming to advance with the gas monetization strategy being conducted by HRT and TNK Brasil. It is our plan to submit an Assessment Plan (PAD) of this gas trend to ANP in due time.
The main targets in the Castanheira structure are the Carboniferous reservoirs of the Juruá Formation, expected at 2,596 m depth and the Devonian reservoirs of the Uerê Formation, expected at 2,759 m depth. The rig QG-IX is drilling the well and has its proposed TD (Total Depth) expected at 2,984 m.
The exploration activity is part of a HRT joint venture with TNK-Brasil to develop 21 blocks in the Solimões Basin.
For further information, contact HRT's Investor Relations Department.
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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., Air Amazonia Serviços Aéreos Ltda. and HRT Canada Inc.. The Company retains a 100% interest in 21 exploratory blocks in the Solimões Basin. HRT also operates ten exploratory blocks off the Namibian coast: eight blocks in the Orange Sub-basin and two blocks in the Walvis 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
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our drilling and seismic plans, operating costs, acquisitions 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.
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For further information:
Francisco Lourenço Bastos-Tigre - CFO and Investor Relations Officer
+55 21 2105-9700
Fábio Bueno - IR Manager
+55 21 2105-9745