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GeoPark announced discovery of a new oilfield in Chile

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GeoPark Limited the Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and producing properties in Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, today announces the discovery of a new oilfield in Chile.

Primavera Sur 1 well marks the first discovery of an oilfield on the newly-acquired Campanario Block in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. GeoPark operates and has a 50% working interest in the Campanario Block, in partnership with Empresa Nacional de Petroleo de Chile (ENAP), the Chilean state-owned company.

GeoPark successfully drilled and completed the Primavera Sur 1 well to a total depth of 8025 ft. A test conducted in the Tobifera formation, at approximately 7750 ft, resulted in a production rate of approximately 215 gross bpd of 39.9° API. Further production testing will be required to determine stabilised flow rates and the extent of the reservoir. Surface facilities and infrastructure have already been put into place in order to produce and commercialise the produced crude oil from this well. Seismic interpretation of the Primavera Sur prospect indicates the opportunity for further development drilling following further testing.

Commenting, James F. Park, CEO of GeoPark, said, "Our new discovery on the Campanario Block demonstrates the exploration and growth potential of our new Tierra del Fuego acreage, where our team has identified over 30 new prospects and leads to be drilled on our Isla Norte, Campanario and Flamenco Blocks. The quick cycle time from drilling a well to selling production also reflects the attractive operations and economics of the region. We are pleased to be working with ENAP on these blocks and look forward to further results from our approximately US$ 150 million work programme in Chile in 2014.

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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