Americas Petrogas Provides Update on Argentina and Peru Operations
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/02/12 -- Americas Petrogas
(TSX VENTURE:BOE) ("Americas Petrogas" or the "Company") is pleased
to provide an update on its activities in Argentina and Peru.
Conventional Light Oil
For the third quarter of 2012, Americas Petrogas has continued to
increase production and sell oil from two of its conventional blocks,
Medanito Sur and Rinconada Norte, both operated by the Company.
Production for the third quarter averaged approximately 2200 bopd
(net), an increase of approximately 49% over the average daily
production during the second quarter of 2012. During October 2012,
average production exceeded 3,000 bopd (net) representing an increase
of approximately 36% over the average daily production during the
Construction of the Company's own production/processing facilities to
handle up to 6300 bopd of gross production is continuing and is
expected to be completed before the end of 2012.
Unconventional Shale Oil and Gas
-- On the Totoral block (Americas Petrogas - 90% working interest and
operator), the Company has completed all logistics and is about to
perform a hydraulic fracture stimulation ("frac") program, followed by
testing of the La Hoya well, LHo.x-1, which completed drilling in July
2012. The Totoral block is located at the southern region of the Neuquen
Basin where the Company has identified the Vaca Muerta at a much
shallower depth compared to other parts of the Basin.
-- On the Los Toldos II block (Americas Petrogas - 45% working interest and
operator), the Los Toldos Este well, LTE.x-1, which completed drilling
earlier in 2012 and completed fracing in September, continues to be flow
-- On the Los Toldos II block, the Aguada de Afuera well, ADA.x-1, which
was spud in early October 2012 continues to be drilled and is currently
at a depth of approximately 2,750 metres (9,022 feet) with a projected
total depth of 3,350 metres (10,990 feet).
-- On the Los Toldos I block (Americas Petrogas - 45% working interest and
operator), drilling of the ALL.x-1 well was completed in September 2012
and analysis of the cores and cuttings is underway and leading towards
developing a plan for future completion and testing.
-- On the Huacalera block (Americas Petrogas -- 39% working interest and
operated by Apache), the Hua.x-1 well, which completed drilling in the
third quarter of 2011, is being prepared for a second frac in another
zone of the Vaca Muerta formation.
GrowMax Agri Corp., owned 80% by the Company, continues to advance on
its potash and phosphates projects in Peru through its Peruvian
subsidiary, Americas Potash Peru SA. Recently, Americas Potash Peru
acquired an additional approximately 10,000 hectares of concession
lands in the Sechura Desert with potential for phosphates and other
minerals. These additional lands are located directly North of lands
recently acquired by Vale SA. Separately from these newly-acquired
lands, in 2011, Vale SA, in joint venture with Mitsui & Co. and
Mosaic Company, put into production a 3.9 million tonne (capacity)
per year surface phosphate mine nearby Americas Potash Peru's
concessions. Golder Associates Ltd. in Peru has been engaged to
assist Americas Potash Peru towards completion of a resources report
Ercosplan, Americas Potash Peru's consultant responsible for
completing a Potash resources report, continues to advance and
expects completion of the report before the end of 2012.
Mr. Barclay Hambrook, President and CEO of Americas Petrogas said,
"We continue to execute on our immediate, medium-term and long-term
plans to grow our oil production, reserves and resources, de-risk our
shale oil and gas blocks as well as adding value to our potash and
phosphate projects in Peru."
About Americas Petrogas Inc.
Americas Petrogas Inc. is a Canadian company whose shares trade on
the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "BOE". Americas Petrogas
has conventional and unconventional (shale and tight sands) oil and
gas interests in numerous blocks in the Neuquen Basin of Argentina.
Americas Petrogas has joint venture partners, including ExxonMobil,
Apache and Gran Tierra Energy, on various blocks in Argentina. For
more information about Americas Petrogas, please visit
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Barclay Hambrook, P. Eng., MBA
President and CEO
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