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Press release from CNW Group

HRT concludes drillstem test in well 1-HRT-8-AM in the Solimões Basin

Thursday, August 16, 2012

HRT concludes drillstem test in well 1-HRT-8-AM in the Solimões Basin10:55 EDT Thursday, August 16, 2012RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. (the "Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3, TSX-V: HRP) announces that its subsidiary HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda. ("HRT O&G") has concluded the drillstem test run in the well 1-HRT-8-AM, in the block SOL-T-169 in the Solimões Basin, which is jointly exploring with TNK-Brasil.The test, performed in the Jurua formation sandstone reservoir from 3,122 to 3,128 meters, was successfully concluded on August 15 and showed good flow characteristics through a vertical well, reaching a production of 9.25 million cubic feet (262 thousand cubic meters) of natural gas per day with choke of 40/64". The tested prospect is part of a northeast-southwest structure, around 40 km2 in area and can hold from 170 to 290 Bcf (4.9 to 8.2 billion cubic meters) of recoverable natural gas (mean value)."This well confirms the gas trend to the east of the Juruá Field, in which previous gas discoveries were made in wells 1-HRT-5-AM and 1-HRT-2-AM. HRT believes that this structure has a potential flow rate up to 53 million cubic feet (1.5 million cubic meters) of natural gas per day when it reaches its development phase. This discovery is another important step in the assessment of the gas potential of the Tefe cluster in the Solimões Basin," mentioned Milton Franke, Chief Executive Officer of HRT O&G.Jointly with previous discoveries made in this sub-region of the Basin, the well 1-HRT-8-AM will be part of an evaluation plan to be submitted to ANP. HRT is exploring the Solimões Basin in partnership with TNK-Brasil, a subsidiary of TNK-BP.For further information, please contact HRT`s Investor Relations Department.Sedar Profile # 00031536Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.HRT recommends that readers refer to the prospective resources report in its entirety as it details the process for determining the prospective resources estimates, the assumptions underpinning the modeling, and defines all of the technical terms used. The prospective resources estimates described in the report and in this release are "undiscovered resources" as defined in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation ("COGE") Handbook.  Undiscovered resources are defined as those quantities of oil and gas estimates on a given date to be contained in accumulations yet to be discovered. The estimate of the potentially recoverable portions of undiscovered resources is classified as prospective resources. Prospective resources are defined as those quantities of oil and gas estimated on a given date to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations.In accordance with Section 5.9 of NI 51-101, the Company declares that there is no certainty that any portion of these resources will be discovered.  If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.About HRTHRT Participações holds one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in Brazil. The HRT Group comprises eight main subsidiaries: IPEX (Integrated Petroleum Expertise Company Serviços em Petróleo Ltda.), HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda., HRT Netherlands B.V., HRT África Petróleo S.A., HRT América Inc., Air Amazonia Serviços Aéreos Ltda. and HRT Canada Inc.. The Company retains a 55% interest in 21 exploratory blocks in the Solimões Basin. HRT also operates ten exploratory blocks off the Namibian coast: eight blocks in the Orange Sub-basin and two blocks in the Walvis Sub-basin. HRT's team includes PHDs and masters in geochemistry, geophysics, biology and engineering, most of them former employees of Petrobras and ANP (Brazil petroleum agency). HRT is committed to minimizing any possible environmental impacts in the sites where it acts. Our commitment to the local communities is towards health conditions, safety and quality of life. For more information, please visit the Company's website: news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our drilling and seismic plans, operating costs, acquisitions of equipment, expectations of finding oil, the quality of oil we expect to produce and our other plans and objectives. Readers can identify many of these statements by looking for words such as "expects", "believe", "hope" and "will" and similar words or the negative thereof. Although management believes that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. By their nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions and, accordingly, forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution readers of this news release not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements because a number of factors may cause actual future circumstances, results, conditions, actions or events to differ materially from the plans, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements.The following risk factors could affect our operations: the contingent resource and prospective resource evaluation reports involving a significant degree of uncertainty and being based on projections that may not prove to be accurate; inherent risks to the exploration and production of oil and natural gas; limited operating history as an oil and natural gas exploration and production company; drilling and other operational hazards; breakdown or failure of equipment or processes; contractor or operator errors; non-performance by third party contractors; labour disputes, disruptions or declines in productivity; increases in materials or labour costs; inability to attract sufficient labour; requirements for significant capital investment and maintenance expenses which HRT may not be able to finance; cost overruns and delays; exposure to fluctuations in currency and commodity prices; political and economic conditions in Namibia and Brazil; complex laws that can affect the cost, manner or feasibility of doing business; environmental, safety and health regulation which may become stricter in the future and lead to an increase in liabilities and capital expenditures, including indemnity and penalties for environmental damage; early termination, non-renewal and other similar provisions in concession contracts; and competition. We caution that this list of factors is not exhaustive and that, when relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should also carefully consider other uncertainties and potential events. The forward-looking statements herein are made based on the assumption that our plans and operations will not be affected by such risks, but that, if our plans and operations are affected by such risks, the forward-looking statements may become inaccurate.The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release. Except as required by applicable securities laws, we do not undertake to update such forward-looking statements.SOURCE: HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.For further information: Carlos Tersandro Fonseca Adeodato - CFO and Investor Relations Officer +55 21 2105-9700 Fábio Bueno - IR Manager +55 21 2105-9745