RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. (the "Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3, TSX-V: HRP) announces that the Moosehead-1 well (2713/16-1) ("Moosehead-1"), the third offshore well in our exploratory drilling campaign, is a dry hole. This well targeted the Moosehead Prospect, located in Petroleum Exploration License 24 ("PEL-24"), in the Orange Basin, offshore the Republic of Namibia.
The main objective of the Moosehead-1 well was to test the resource potential of Barremian-aged carbonate reservoirs, expected to be equivalent to the Brazil and Angola "pre-salt" reservoirs, within a 546 km2 4-way dip closure, mapped on 3D seismic. Extensive formation evaluation was performed to confirm the nature and quality of the carbonate reservoir and source rock intervals, including wireline logs and sidewall core samples.
The Moosehead-1 well encountered approximately 100m of carbonates at the primary target. The nature of the reservoir, though further analysis of data collected will be necessary, appears similar to the "pre-salt" reservoirs as predicted. However, porosity was less developed than expected in this location, and is being considered a dry-hole. Wet gas shows were encountered in the section that increased in wetness with depth. At least two potential source rocks were penetrated, including the well-developed Aptian-age source rock. Indications of source rocks in the deeper rift section were also apparent, though not penetrated. Further analysis of the well sampling will greatly help with continuing exploration on the HRT blocks in Namibia.
The Moosehead-1 well was located in 1,716m of water depth and was drilled to 4,170m of measured total depth. The well was drilled, wireline logged and P&A, in a total of 47 days, by the Transocean Marianas (NYSE:RIG) semi-submersible rig. Operational and safety performance was excellent. This completes HRT's Namibian drilling campaign and the Transocean Marianas is available for sublease.
HRT is the operator of 10 blocks offshore Namibia, which are contained in 4 Petroleum Licenses. GALP Energia (NYSE Euronext Lisbon: GALP), with 14% participating interest, is HRT's partner to drill the first 3 wells of the current exploration campaign.
"The Moosehead well concludes HRT's first drilling campaign in Namibia with very important geological information even though no pay zones were found in this well. The time has come for a thorough analysis of our three well results and assets in Namibia to develop new plans for 2014 and 2015. We conclude this campaign with the understanding that both the Orange and Walvis basins, tested with drilling, are oil and gas prone basins, new exploration efforts will bring commercial hydrocarbon discoveries and that HRT will be part of the future of Namibian exploration", highlighted Milton Franke, the CEO of HRT.
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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. and HRT Canada Inc.. The Company retains a 55% interest in 19 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, safety 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.
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:
Ricardo Bottas Dourado - CFO and Investor Relations Officer
Sandra Calcado - Investor Relations Manager
Tainah Costa - Investor Relations Senior Analyst
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