CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan 7, 2013) - Americas Petrogas (TSX VENTURE:BOE) ("Americas Petrogas" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Agua de Afuera (ADA.x-1) unconventional, shale exploration well has reached total depth ("TD"). The well drilled through 340 meters or 1,115 feet of the primary target Vaca Muerta shale formation with oil and gas shows through most of this shale section. Hydrocarbon shows were also encountered in secondary targets such as the Agrio, Quintuco and Tordillo. The ADA.x-1 well was drilled to a TD of 3,448.5 meters or 11,311 feet. A complete suite of logs has been run and conventional and side wall cores were cut and recovered. Casing has been successfully set and cemented to a total depth of approximately 3,442 meters or 11,290 feet in preparation for a planned well test. The Company will begin detailed analysis of the cores and cuttings at international service company laboratories in Argentina and in the USA, in the near future.
The ADA.x-1 well is located approximately 9 kilometers west of the LTE.x-1 unconventional, shale well, which was a new oil discovery (http://americaspetrogas.com/news_2012_nov28.html) on the Los Toldos II block (38,400 gross acres or 155 square kilometers or 60 sections).
The ADA x-1 well is the third unconventional, shale well with primary target the Vaca Muerta, relating to the Los Toldos farmout agreement with ExxonMobil. Americas Petrogas is the Operator holding a 45% working interest in the Los Toldos blocks; ExxonMobil also holds a 45% working interest, with the remaining 10% held by Gas y Petróleo del Neuquén ("G&P").
Mr. Barclay Hambrook, President and CEO of Americas Petrogas said, "As this is the second well in the Los Toldos II block, this new well will help to determine the extent and potential resources of the Vaca Muerta, and will also provide valuable information on several other potential horizons of interest."
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 www.americaspetrogas.com.
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" as such term is used in applicable Canadian and US securities laws. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or are not statements of historical fact and should be viewed as "forward-looking statements". These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based upon forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
In particular, statements (express or implied) contained herein regarding plans to begin analysis of cores and cuttings at international service labs in Argentina should all be viewed as forward-looking statements. The presence of hydrocarbon shows is not necessarily indicative that hydrocarbons are capable of being successfully produced in commercial quantities. There is no assurance reserves will be assigned to such hydrocarbon bearing formations. There is no assurance that future wells will be drilled on the Los Toldos blocks or that if drilled, such wells will be successful.
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