Petrolifera has made significant progress in the remediation program at the La Pinta 1X well on its Sierra Nevada License in the Lower Magdalena Basin, onshore Colombia.
The snubbing unit arrived on location from the United States in late January 2010 and we are now in the seventeenth day of operations. The program has resulted in the successful removal of the blockage in the tubing string in the wellbore and screens have been run to restrict the intrusion of sand during planned testing procedures. A wellhead and test lines are being made up and testing is anticipated to commence in the near term. Of consequence, costs to date are well below budget and if immediate testing of the Cienaga de Oro ("CDO") Formation proves successful, we anticipate a substantial savings relative to our original budget. We will report on results once we have definitive and reliable information.
We are also pleased to report that we spudded the Brillante SE 1X exploratory well, also on the Sierra Nevada License, at 11:00 hours on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. The projected total depth of the well is 9,500 feet and the well is considered prospective for natural gas and natural gas liquids.
Petrolifera owns a 100 percent interest in these projects.
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