Initial logs indicate oil encountered at the Moqueta-12 and Mayalito-1 wells in Colombia; First Shipment of Gran Tierra Energy oil sold through the Port of Esmeraldas, Ecuador
CALGARY, Alberta, December 3, 2013, Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (“Gran Tierra Energy”) (NYSE MKT: GTE, TSX: GTE), a company focused on oil exploration and production in South America, today provided updates for its operations in Colombia.
“Gran Tierra Energy continues its successful 2013 drilling program with encouraging initial data from the Moqueta-12 and Mayalito-1 wells in the Putumayo and Llanos Basins in Colombia. Moqueta-12, based on log interpretations, does not appear to have encountered any water, suggesting we have yet to define the boundaries of the Moqueta field. Similarly, Mayalito-1 log interpretations indicate oil has been found in the Mirador formation, further extending the known lateral extent of the oil accumulation in the Ramiriqui discovery,” said Dana Coffield, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Tierra Energy. “In addition, Gran Tierra Energy’s 2013 exploration drilling has increased significantly with the Corunta-1, Miraflor West-1 and Zapotero-1 exploration wells initiating drilling in the Putumayo Basin,” concluded Coffield.
Chaza Block, Putumayo Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 100% Working Interest (“WI”) and Operator)
Initial drilling and logging results have been obtained from the Moqueta-12 delineation well. Oil and gas shows encountered during drilling and log interpretations from data acquired after drilling, indicate the presence of oil-bearing reservoir sandstones in the Villeta T Sandstone beginning at 5,545 feet measured depth (“MD”) or 4,825 feet true vertical depth (“TVD”) with an approximate potential net oil pay thickness of 141 feet MD. The underlying Caballos formation was encountered at 5,818 feet MD or 5,066 feet TVD with approximately 201 feet MD of potential net pay interpreted from the well logs. Another planned objective for the Moqueta-12 well was to target a structure south of the main Moqueta field. The Moqueta-12 well was unable to intersect this sub-block due to steeper bedding planes than anticipated. This objective will be tested at a later date once the global development permit is received. The Moqueta-12 bottom hole location is approximately 1,300 feet west of Moqueta-11 and the lowest interpreted oil pay is approximately 150 feet lower than the lowest known oil encountered at Moqueta-11.
Testing is underway to confirm the fluid content and productivity of the encountered zones and is expected to be completed in December. If successful, this well is expected to add additional reserves to the resource base of this growing field.
The Corunta-1 well was spud on November 5, 2013 and is drilling in a northeast direction from the Costayaco-17 well pad targeting a downthrown fault block west of the Moqueta field.
The Zapotero-1 well was spud on December 1, 2013 and is targeting the eastern portion of the Moqueta field.
Guayuyaco Block, Putumayo Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 70% WI and Operator, Ecopetrol 30% WI)
The Miraflor West-1 exploration well on the Guayuyaco Block, targeting the same Cretaceous sandstone reservoirs encountered at the Costayaco and Moqueta oil fields, was spud on November 23, 2013 and is expected to reach TD in December.
Llanos-22 Block, Llanos Basin (Gran Tierra Energy 45% WI, CEPCOLSA 55% WI and Operator)
The Mayalito-1 oil exploration well on the Llanos-22 Block, located in the Andean foothills trend of the Llanos Basin, has reached total depth at 18,540 feet MD or 18,051 feet TVD. Oil and gas shows encountered during drilling and log interpretations indicate the presence of an oil-bearing sandstone reservoir in the Mirador formation. The Mirador formation was encountered at 18,139 feet MD or 17,650 feet TVD with a potential net oil column thickness of 29 feet.
Testing is underway to confirm the fluid content and productivity of the encountered zones and is expected to be completed in December.
Production, net after royalties and before changes in inventory for the months of October and November averaged approximately 21,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“BOEPD”). Gran Tierra Energy has recently completed its first Colombian crude sale of approximately 216,000 barrels of oil through the Port of Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Year-to-date production, net after royalties and before changes in inventory, is approximately 22,200 BOEPD, above the mid-point of our projections of a range between 21,500 BOEPD and 22,500 BOEPD for 2013.
About Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
Gran Tierra Energy is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Calgary, Canada, incorporated in the United States, trading on the NYSE MKT Exchange (GTE) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (GTE), and operating in South America. Gran Tierra Energy holds interests in producing and prospective properties in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil. Gran Tierra Energy has a strategy that focuses on establishing a portfolio of producing properties, plus production enhancement and exploration opportunities to provide a base for future growth.
Gran Tierra Energy’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings are available on a web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov and on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com.
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