HRT announces extension of the second period of the exploration phase for 10
blocks in the Solimões Basin
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.
(the "Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3, TSX-V: HRP) announces today that
the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP")
has granted a 4-year extension of the second period of the exploration phase
for 10 blocks located in the south and east of the Solimões Basin,
encompassing the blocks SOL-T-151, SOL-T-174, SOL-T-196, SOL-T-197, SOL-T-192,
SOL-T-214, SOL-T-215, SOL-T-216, SOL-T-217 and SOL-T-218.
This decision gives HRT and TNK-Brasil the opportunity to develop its
exploratory campaign up to March 2017, in this large and unexplored region
that covers over 27,000 km(2), with the potential to identify new hydrocarbon
"This extension granted by ANP confirms the commitment that HRT made to
further evaluate these frontier blocks in the Solimões Basin. The gas
findings in wells 1-HRT-5-AM, 1-HRT-9-AM and 1-HRT-10-AM indicate that the
extension to the southern structural trends have potential for new hydrocarbon
discoveries. This new 4-year period is aligned with our strategy to expand the
exploratory campaign to the southern and eastern blocks, towards where we are
acquiring seismic data, as well as preparing rigs to drill," said the CEO of
HRT O&G, Milton Franke.
HRT is the operator of 21 blocks in the Solimões Basin, which it is exploring
in cooperation with TNK-Brasil
For additional information, please contact HRT's Investor Relations Department.
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HRT Participações holds one of the largest independent oil and gas
exploration and production companies in Brazil. The HRT Group comprises eight
main subsidiaries: IPEX (Integrated Petroleum Expertise Company Serviços em
Petróleo Ltda.), HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda., HRT
Netherlands B.V., HRT África Petróleo S.A., HRT América Inc., Air Amazonia
Serviços Aéreos Ltda. and HRT Canada Inc.. The Company retains a 55%
interest in 21 exploratory blocks in the Solimões Basin. HRT also operates
ten exploratory blocks off the Namibian coast: eight blocks in the Orange
Sub-basin and two blocks in the Walvis Sub-basin. HRT's team includes PHDs and
masters in geochemistry, geophysics, biology and engineering, most of them
former employees of Petrobras and ANP (Brazil petroleum agency). HRT is
committed to minimizing any possible environmental impacts in the sites where
it acts. Our commitment to the local communities is towards health conditions,
safety and quality of life. For more information, please visit the Company's
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other
than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are
forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements
regarding our drilling and seismic plans, operating costs, acquisitions of
equipment, expectations of finding oil, the quality of oil we expect to
produce and our other plans and objectives. Readers can identify many of these
statements by looking for words such as "expects", "believe", "hope" and
"will" and similar words or the negative thereof. Although management believes
that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are
reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be
correct. By their nature, forward-looking statements require us to make
assumptions and, accordingly, forward-looking statements are subject to
inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution readers of this news release not
to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements because a number of
factors may cause actual future circumstances, results, conditions, actions or
events to differ materially from the plans, expectations, estimates or
intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions
underlying the forward-looking statements.
The following risk factors could affect our operations: the contingent
resource and prospective resource evaluation reports involving a significant
degree of uncertainty and being based on projections that may not prove to be
accurate; inherent risks to the exploration and production of oil and natural
gas; limited operating history as an oil and natural gas exploration and
production company; drilling and other operational hazards; breakdown or
failure of equipment or processes; contractor or operator errors;
non-performance by third party contractors; labour disputes, disruptions or
declines in productivity; increases in materials or labour costs; inability to
attract sufficient labour; requirements for significant capital investment and
maintenance expenses which HRT may not be able to finance; cost overruns and
delays; exposure to fluctuations in currency and commodity prices; political
and economic conditions in Namibia and Brazil; complex laws that can affect
the cost, manner or feasibility of doing business; environmental, safety and
health regulation which may become stricter in the future and lead to an
increase in liabilities and capital expenditures, including indemnity and
penalties for environmental damage; early termination, non-renewal and other
similar provisions in concession contracts; and competition. We caution that
this list of factors is not exhaustive and that, when relying on
forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should also
carefully consider other uncertainties and potential events. The
forward-looking statements herein are made based on the assumption that our
plans and operations will not be affected by such risks, but that, if our
plans and operations are affected by such risks, the forward-looking
statements may become inaccurate.
The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in
their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements
included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release.
Except as required by applicable securities laws, we do not undertake to
update such forward-looking statements.
Carlos Tersandro Fonseca Adeodato - CFO and Investor Relations Officer Sandra
Calcado - Investor Relations Manager Priscila Sarandy - Investor Relations
Specialist Tainah Costa - Investor Relations Senior Analyst
+55 21 2105-9700 email@example.com
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