Canacol Energy Ltd. provided an operations update for its non-operated Capella heavy oil field and adjacent operated exploration contracts in Colombia. The Capella field is located on the Ombu Exploration and Production ("E&P") contract located in the Caguan-Putumayo basin of southern Colombia. The Corporation, through a farm-in agreement with Emerald Energy Plc., earned a 10% interest in the Ombu E&P contract through the drilling of the Capella 1 discovery well in July 2008. Since its discovery, the Corporation has participated in the drilling of 24 appraisal and production wells at Capella, and the acquisition of 73 square miles (189 square kilometers) of 3D seismic. The Corporation also has interests in four E&P Contracts adjacent to and on trend with the Capella field, with plans to acquire 147 square miles (380 square kilometers) of 2D seismic and drill 5 exploration wells in 2012.
Capella Operations Update
Year-to-date, the Corporation has participated in the drilling and completion of two horizontal wells, Capella R53H and Capella R55H. The Capella R53H well tested at a stable rate of 288 gross barrels of oil per day ("bopd") with a 0.7% water cut, and the Capella R55H well tested at a stable rate of 242 gross bopd with a 4% water cut. Two rigs are presently active in the field and have recently completed the drilling of Capella L17H and R56H, both of which are horizontal wells. The Capella L17H well reached total depth of 5,050 feet measured depth ("ft md") on March 3, 2012 and is currently being completed and brought on production. The Capella R56H well reached a total depth 4,855 feet md on March 11, 2012 and is currently being cased prior to being completed and brought on production. The rigs are scheduled to be mobilized within the next week to the L18H and B21H locations, both planned as horizontal production wells.
For the remainder of 2012, the Corporation anticipates participating in the drilling of 18 additional horizontal and vertical wells in the field. By year-end 2012, the Corporation will have participated in the drilling of 44 wells in the field. Current productive capacity of the field is approximately 3,000 gross bopd although security issues associated with the transportation of crude oil by truck along local roads has resulted in intermittent shut in of production in the field when local storage capacity of approximately 7,000 barrels of oil is exceeded.
Canacol's heavy oil exploration
The Corporation is the operator of four E&P contracts (877,000 net acres) located adjacent to and on trend with the Capella heavy oil field: Cedrela (100% operated working interest), Sangretoro (100% operated working interest), Tamarin (100% operated working interest) and Portofino (40% working interest). The Corporation has identified 50 prospects and leads on the 4 blocks using the approximately 311 miles (500 kilometers) of new 2D seismic acquired in 2011. The Corporation also drilled one exploration well, Tamarin 1, a dry hole, in late 2011 with no operational or security issues.
In 2012 the Corporation plans to acquire an additional 236 miles (380 kilometers) of 2D seismic and drill 5 consecutive exploration wells. Canacol expects to spud the first exploration well in July, 2012.
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