CALGARY, May 9, 2012 /CNW/ - PetroNova Inc. ("PetroNova" or the "Company") (TSX-V: PNA), a company engaged in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas resources in Colombia, today announced an oil discovery at its Atarraya 1 exploratory well located on the CPO-07 Block (in which PetroNova has 20 percent working interest) in Colombia's Llanos Basin.
"We are extremely encouraged by the discovery of hydrocarbons at PetroNova's first exploratory well drilled in the CPO-07 Block, located in the Llanos Basin. PetroNova considers CPO-07 to be a high-potential block given its proximity to and correlation with the neighboring productive Ocelote and Caracara Fields," said Antonio Vincentelli, Chief Executive Officer of PetroNova. "As we conduct further tests on this well, we look forward to proceeding to drill two additional prospects on the CPO-07 Block."
The Atarraya 1 well reached a total depth of 4,908 feet without incident. Mud log and petrophysical interpretation identified four prospective sands in the C7 Carbonera Formation. Well tests conducted in each of these prospective sands resulted in oil production from the upper sand of the C7 Carbonera Formation, with an average porosity of 27 per cent where 12 feet of net pay was identified and perforated. The well was tested over a period of 25 hours producing 23 degree API gravity oil by natural flow with different chokes. A test with a one inch choke over a period of 7 hours gave an average natural flow rate of 830 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) and 0.5 per cent basic water and sediment (BS&W).
The Atarraya 1 well will be completed in the upper C7 sand of the Carbonera Formation and tested with a jet pump in order to determine the potential production of the well. An extended production test will be performed after Ministry of Mines & Energy permits are obtained.
The Atarraya 1 well is the fourth of a nine exploratory well drilling campaign on the CPO-06, CPO-07 and CPO-13 Blocks operated by Tecpetrol Colombia and in which PetroNova has 20 percent working interest. PetroNova will continue its exploratory drilling campaign and after drilling two more exploratory wells on its CPO-07 Block, PetroNova plans on drilling three exploratory wells on its CPO-13 Block.
The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the exploration for, and the acquisition and development of, oil and natural gas resources in South America, specifically in Colombia. The Company's assets currently include the Company's interests in the PUT-2 and Tinigua Blocks located in the Caguan-Putumayo Basin in Colombia, both of which are operated by the Company, and the non-operated CPO-06, CPO-07 and CPO-13 Blocks located in the Llanos Basin in Colombia. The common shares of the Company trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the stock symbol "PNA".
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