Mr. Doug Urch reports
PETROTAL PROVIDES INCREASED 2019 EXIT OIL PRODUCTION RATE OF 11,000 - 13,000 BOPD
Drilling of Petrotal Corp.'s second horizontal well (5H), located on the Bretana field, Peru, is progressing according to budget and timeline. The well reached the target Vivian formation at the prognosed vertical depth of 2,696 metres and 700 metres of the planned 870 metres horizontal section have been drilled, which is inside the main productive oil reservoir. Completion of the well, tie-in and initial production tests are expected to commence on or before Dec. 15, 2019.
The company also expects to complete commissioning of the central production facilities (CPF-1) during the week of Dec. 22, 2019, increasing the nominal production facility capacity to 10,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and 40,000 barrels of water per day (bwpd). Based on the company's recent field production experience of being able to produce 8,000 bopd with a facility having 5,000 bopd nominal capacity, management similarly expects that CPF-1 will be able to handle in the order of 15,000 bopd.
In light of management's confidence that the 5H will behave similarly to the 4H well, which produced 200,000 barrels of oil in just 35 days, and that the CPF-1 will handle more than its nominal oil processing capacity, the company is pleased to increase its year-end production guidance from 10,000 bopd to 11,000 to 13,000 bopd.
Manolo Zuniga, president and chief executive officer, stated: "We are delighted with the progress made on the 5H well and the commissioning of the CPF-1 facilities. We set ourselves an ambitious target of achieving 10,000 bopd by year-end 2019, so to exceed this is of great testament to the team we have assembled. I would like to congratulate our operations and drilling team for executing at an extremely high level since we started operations two years ago, and showcasing that we can handle more oil than the equipment's nominal capacity, which is now allowing us to forecast higher 2019 exit oil rates and, importantly, a strong production base as we enter 2020."
Qualified person's statement
Estuardo Alvarez-Calderon, the company's vice-president, operations, who has over 35 years of relevant experience in the oil industry, has approved the technical information contained in this announcement. Mr. Alvarez-Calderon received a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Texas at Austin and is registered on the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.
About Petrotal Corp.
Petrotal is a publicly traded, dual-listed oil and gas development and production company domiciled in Calgary, Alta., focused on the development of oil assets in Peru. Petrotal's development asset is the Bretana oil field in Peru's block 95 where oil production was initiated in June, 2018, six months after acquisition. Additionally, the company has large exploration prospects and is engaged in finding a partner to drill the Osheki prospect in block 107.
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