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HRT announces the discovery of hydrocarbons in well 1-HRT-9-AM, Block SOL-T-191, in the Solimões Basin

Monday, August 20, 2012

HRT announces the discovery of hydrocarbons in well 1-HRT-9-AM, Block SOL-T-191, in the Solimões Basin11:01 EDT Monday, August 20, 2012RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug. 20, 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") submitted to the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis - ANP), Notice of Discovery of gas in the well 1-HRT-9-AM.Based on hydrocarbon shows in cuttings, mud logging gas detection and wire line logging, three gas-bearing reservoir intervals were observed in the Juruá Formation, between 2,740 and 2,800 meters depth, with approximately 30 meters net pay. "This well absolutely has the best reservoir permo-porosity characteristics and net pay observed among previous HRT`s drillings", mentioned Milton Franke, Chief Executive Officer of HRT O&G.Well 1-HRT-9-AM once more confirms the gas trend extension to the southwest, thus opening a new exploratory potential in the area of block SOL-T-191. This discovery, together with the three ones already made by wells 1-HRT-2-AM, 1-HRT-5-AM and 1-HRT-8-AM confirm the large gas potential of the Tefé Cluster and represent an important advance in HRT's objective to monetize the natural gas of the Solimões Basin.The well was spudded on June 16, 2012 and reached a total depth of 2,960 meters, inside basement rocks. Drilling operations were carried out in a record 60 day time, thus representing a milestone in HRT drilling operations. This fact is a direct result of a learning curve where new technologies were applied and will enable HRT to achieve a substantial improvement, both in costs and quantity of wells to be drilled in the region. The well will be cased in order to run drillstem tests to evaluate the production potential of the reservoirs.The well 1-HRT-9-AM is located in the Municipality of Carauari, in the State of Amazonas, and it was drilled by the Queiroz Galvão drilling rig, QG-IX.HRT is exploring the Solimões Basin in partnership with TNK-Brasil, a subsidiary of TNK-BP, a Russian joint venture between BP and AAR.For further information, 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.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: www.hrt.com.br/irDisclaimerThis 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.PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/08/20/20120820_C8243_DOC_EN_17086.pdfSOURCE: HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.For further information: Carlos Tersandro Fonseca Adeodato - CFO and Investor Relations Officer +55 21 2105-9700 ri@hrt.com.br Fábio Bueno - IR Manager +55 21 2105-9745