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Palos Quemados Field Discovery in Chile

Released 07:00 25-Feb-2013

RNS Number : 5410Y
Geopark Holdings Limited
25 February 2013




Embargoed for release at 7:00 am

 25 February 2013








GeoPark Holdings Limited ("GeoPark" or the "Company"), the Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and producing properties in Chile, Colombia and Argentina (AIM: GPK), is pleased to announce the discovery of the new Palos Quemados gas field on the Tranquilo Block in Chile. GeoPark operates and has a 29% working interest in the Tranquilo Block.


GeoPark drilled and completed the Palos Quemados 1 well to a total depth of 1,600 metres. A test conducted in the El Salto formation, at approximately 805 metres, resulted in a production rate of 4.0 million cubic feet per day of gas, through a choke of 10 millimetres and with a well head pressure of 1,050 pounds per square inch. Further production history will be required to determine stabilized flow rates and the extent of the reservoir. The Palos Quemados 1 well is located approximately 6 kilometres from a regional gas pipeline and studies are underway to assess facilities needed to connect the gas to market.


The Palos Quemados field is the first gas discovery in the Tranquilo Block by GeoPark and the first hydrocarbon discovery in the Magallanes Fold and Thrust Belt in more than 40 years.


GeoPark has interests in nineteen exploration, development and production blocks in Chile, Colombia and Argentina. In 2013, GeoPark will carry out a 35-45 well drilling program in Chile and Colombia - with a total work program investment of US$200-230 million.


Commenting, James F. Park, CEO of GeoPark, said: "The result from this new gas field discovery in Palos Quemados is significant because it confirms the exploratory potential and prospectivity of the western part of the Magallanes Basin where additional opportunities have been identified. GeoPark remains committed to finding and developing oil and gas reserves in Southern Chile - and our ambitious investment and activity in the region continues to open up new horizons and opportunities".


In accordance with the AIM Rules, the information in this announcement has been reviewed by Salvador Minniti, a geologist with 32 years of oil and gas experience and Director of Exploration of GeoPark.






GeoPark can be visited online at 


For further information please contact:


GeoPark Holdings Limited

Andres Ocampo (Buenos Aires)

Pablo Ducci (Chile)

+54 11 4312 9400

+56 2 2242 9600

Oriel Securities - Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker

Michael Shaw (London)

+44 (0)20 7710 7600

Tunga Chigovanyika (London)

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited - Joint Broker

Jeffrey Auld (London)

+44 (0)20 3037 2000

Steve Baldwin (London)


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Palos Quemados Field Discovery in Chile - RNS