Net before royalty gas production from the Esperanza field located in Colombia is anticipated to average approximately 3,000 boepd. The Corporation is currently negotiating an additional sales contract with a current buyer to increase volumes by approximately 5 million MMcfpd (833 boepd) effective April 1, 2013. The Corporation is also negotiating other opportunities that could yield additional gas sales in 2013 and beyond.
In calendar 2013, the Corporation plans to drill 8 gross exploration wells on its blocks in Colombia targeting a management estimate of 316 million net barrels unrisked (48 million barrels risked) of mean prospective oil resource. Light oil exploration drilling activities for 2013 will focus on the Corporation's LLA 23 block in the Llanos Basin, and the Santa Isabel, VMM2 and VMM3 blocks in the Middle Magdalena Basin, where the Corporation has recently experienced exploration success (the Labrador discovery on LLA23, and the Mona Arana discovery on VMM2). ExxonMobil Exploration Colombia and Shell Colombia will be carrying the cost of one exploration well on each of VMM2 and VMM3 respectively in 2013. Conventional heavy oil exploration efforts will focus on the Corporation's blocks located in the Caguan - Putumayo Basin of Colombia. The Corporation plans to drill 7 gross development wells and workover 16 existing producing wells in its fields located in Colombia and Ecuador. The Corporation plans to spend approximately US$ 46 million gross capex on its activities in Colombia, and approximately US$ 21 million gross capex on its activities in Ecuador. Funding for the 2013 capital program is expected to come from existing working capital, operating cash flows and debt facilities.
Canacol is an exploration and production company with operations focused in Colombia and Ecuador. The Corporation's common stock trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Colombia Stock Exchange under ticker symbol CNE and CNE.C, respectively.
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. Other risks are more fully described in the Corporation's most recent Management Discussion and Analysis, which is incorporated herein by reference and is filed on www.sedar.com.
Canacol Energy Ltd.
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