PetroMagdalena announces 86% increase in 2P reserves at Cubiro

Oct 26, 2011, 17:16 ET from PetroMagdalena Energy Corp.

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - PetroMagdalena Energy Corp. (TSXV: PMD) announced today that it has received an independent reserves evaluation report dated September 30, 2011 (the "Petrotech Report") prepared by Petrotech Engineering Ltd. of Burnaby, British Columbia, relating to the current reserve base in Cubiro, the Company's oil and gas exploration and production property located in the Llanos Basin of Colombia. The combined proved plus probable ("2P") reserves for this block (gross to the Company) increased by 5.0 million barrels of oil ("MMbbls"), or 86%, compared to those reported in December 2010. The Company's gross (before royalties) 2P reserves at Cubiro at September 30, 2011 amount to 10.8 MMbbls, having a total net present value ("NPV") (10% discount, before tax) of US$263 million, an increase of US$126 million since December 2010.  The Report also reflects a 73% increase in gross proven reserves ("1P") to a total of 3.0 MMbbls.

Luciano Biondi, Chief Executive Officer commented: "We are pleased with the results of this Cubiro update as it demonstrates our belief in the long term production potential of these fields, as we have added reserves in both proved and probable categories. Our development plan for Cubiro includes three additional wells to be drilled in the third and fourth quarter of this year as a result of this success."

These additional reserves are the result of the 2011 drilling campaign that started mid-July, resulting in three light oil discoveries: Petirrojo, Copa B and Copa AS. The Company also increased 2P oil reserves by approximately 1.0 MMbbls through the acquisition on April 15, 2011 of an additional 32.13% working interest in Block C of Cubiro.

The Petrotech Report provides the following summary of the Company's total proved and probable reserves from its interests in the Cubiro block at September 30, 2011:

            L & M Oil Reserves (Mbbls)
            100%       Gross       Net
Proved Developed Producing           1,981       1,216       1,119
Proved Undeveloped           2,776       1,734       1,595
Total Proved           4,757       2,950       2,714
Probable           13,076       7,873       7,243
Total 2P           17,833       10,823       9,957

The Petrotech Report provides the following summary of the Company's future net revenue, discounted at 0%, 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%, before income tax, from its interests in the Cubiro block at September 30, 2011:

            NPV of Future Net Revenue
            Before Tax Discounted (in $M) @
            0%       5%       10%       15%       20%
Developed Producing
          52,591       48,103       44,287       41,013       38,177
Proved Undeveloped           60,075       52,801       46,816       41,829       37,624
Total Proved           112,665       100,904       91,103       82,842       75,801
Probable           273,431       213,731       172,089       142,006       119,602
Total 2P           386,097       314,635       263,191       224,849       195,403

The following table provides a comparison of the 2P Cubiro block reserves in the Petrotech Reports dated as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010:

L & M Oil Reserves Mbbls
            September 30, 2011       December 31, 2010       Change in
2P Reserves
            Gross     Net       Gross     Net       Gross
Proved Developed Producing           1,216     1,119       952     876       264
Proved Undeveloped           1,734     1,595       755     695       979
Total Proved           2,950     2,714       1,707     1,571       1,243
Probable           7,873     7,243       4,124     3,794       3,749
Total 2P           10,823     9,957       5,831     5,365       4,992

The following table provides a reconciliation of the 2P Cubiro block reserves in the Petrotech Reports dated as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010:

            Gross L&M
Oil Reserves
Total Cubiro block 2P reserves, December 31, 2010           5,831
Acquisition of 32.13% interest in Cubiro C, April 15, 2011           972
   Petirrojo-1           2,079
   Copa B           1,233
   Copa AS           1,831
Technical revisions           (639)
Production during the period           (484)
Total Cubiro block 2P reserves, September 30, 2011           10,823

The Petrotech Report reserve estimates set out in this press release were prepared in accordance with the requirements of Canadian National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities. Capitalized terms related to resource classifications used in this press release are based on the definitions and guidelines in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook.

Petrotech has acted independently in the preparation of the Petrotech Report. Petrotech and its employees have no direct or indirect ownership in the properties appraised or the areas of study described in the report.

Reserves are classified according to the degree of certainty associated with the estimates. Proved reserves are those reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty to be recoverable. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the estimated proved reserves. Probable reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than proved reserves. It is equally likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the sum of the estimated proved plus probable reserves.

All estimated values contained in this press release do not represent fair market value.

PetroMagdalena is a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration and production company, with working interests in 19 properties in five basins in Colombia. Further information can be obtained by visiting our website at

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