CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 15 /CNW/ — Gran Tierra Energy, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: GTRE.OB) today announced the successful initiation of production from the Ramon Lista-1001 well in the Palmar Largo Block in the Noroeste Basin of Argentina. Ramon Lista-1001 was drilled to a total depth of 4,301 meters on December 25, 2005. The well was completed in late January 2006 and perforated on February 1. Testing was initiated at a flow rate of 68 cubic meters per day (428 barrels per day) of oil with a 10% watercut from a 15 meter zone in the Yacoraite Formation (4,132 to 4,147 meters). Production has currently stabilized at 54 cubic meters per day of oil (340 barrels per day) with low watercut. A total of three zones were encountered in the well; the Palmar Largo Joint Venture has elected to commence production from a single zone for the time being. The two additional pay zones total 27 meters in the Yacoraite Formation (4,186 to 4,193 meters and 4,149 m to 4,169 meters) and are being evaluated for additional production potential.
Gran Tierra acquired a 14% interest in the Palmar Largo Joint Venture in September, 2005. Gran Tierra's share of production from Palmar Largo averaged approximately 325 barrels per day (net before royalties) over the fourth quarter of 2005. Current production from Ramon Lista-1001 adds approximately 50 barrels per day to Gran Tierra's share of production.
Dana Coffield, the Company's President and CEO, stated, "Ramon Lista is Gran Tierra's first participation in drilling in Argentina and its first success. A central component of our business model is to acquire proven reserves and create value by drilling. We intend to continue and duplicate this success in Argentina and elsewhere in South America."
About Gran Tierra Energy, Inc.
Gran Tierra Energy, Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Calgary, Canada, incorporated and traded in the United States and operating in South America. The Company currently holds interests in producing and non-producing properties in Argentina and is pursuing a growth strategy that focuses on establishing a portfolio of producing properties, and development and exploration opportunities, by selective acquisitions, to provide a base for future growth. Additional information concerning Gran Tierra is available at http://www.grantierra.com. Investor inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-916-GTRE(4873).
Forward Looking Statements
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