Thursday, February 9, 2012

Petroamerica (TSX: PTA, OTC: PTAXF) - Breaks Out - Again

Petroamerica (TSX:  PTA,  OTC:  PTAXF) - Breaks Out - Again

With Balay-1 and Balay-2 continuing to produce on long-term test the Company is anticipating that it will continue to realize production revenues. Additionally, the Company and partners envisage finalizing the development plan for the Balay discovery, with approval for the first phase expected in the fourth quarter of 2011. Sanctioning of the second development phase will depend on the results of Balay-3 which should enable the joint venture to properly assess the size of the Balay oil discovery.
The Company plans to evaluate and appraise the Las Maracas discovery in 2012. This will include placing the discovery well on long-term test and the drilling of several appraisal wells. Subject to the outcome of the appraisal results, the Company and current partner are committed to fast tracking the development of this discovery. The Las Maracas discovery is viewed to be an extremely positive event for the Company.
The Company will continue its strategy of rationalising the portfolio to leverage some of its high working interest positions into more strategic and cost effective holdings. This strategy, which began with the relinquishment of the COR-12 and COR-14 Blocks early in 2011 and has continued with the sale of the VMM-3 block and equity changes in the El Eden block, is expected to enhance the Company's competitive position by allowing it to free up working capital, recover past costs and to enhance the risk/reward balance of its portfolio. The Company is also considering reducing its working interest positions in the LLA10, CPO1 and SSJN5 blocks.
Furthermore, the Company will participate in an extensive exploration program in 2012 with the drilling of seven exploratory wells targeting net mean unrisked prospective resources of 45 million barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE"). All of the prospects to be drilled in 2012 will be covered by 3D seismic, thereby significantly reducing the exploration risk.
Overall, the 2012 outlook for the Company is expected to be one of rising production and revenues, as the Balay development and Las Maracas appraisal programs get underway, and significant exploration upside exposure by way of a seven well drilling program.

The Goombarh is holding warrants on this one.

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