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HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. - Spud-in of well 1-HRT-11-AM

Monday, March 18, 2013

HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. - Spud-in of well 1-HRT-11-AM09:30 EDT Monday, March 18, 2013RIO DE JANEIRO, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. (the "Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3, TSX-V: HRP) announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda ("HRT O&G") spudded, on March 17, 2013, the well 1-HRT-11-AM, on the Cajazeira prospect, at SOL-T-172 Block, in the Solimões Basin, Municipality of Coari, State of Amazonas.The well 1-HRT-11-AM is located at approximately 60 km to the northeast of the Leste do Urucu Field and aims to test an elongated NE-SW domic structure, with 17 km2 area, similar to the Juruá/Tefé and Urucu trends.The main target of this well is to identify the presence of hydrocarbons in Carboniferous reservoirs of the Juruá Formation, expected at 2,035 meters depth. The secondary target is to identify the Devonian reservoirs of the Uerê Formation expected at 2,080 meters depth, with hydrocarbon accumulations. This well is being drilled by the QG-VIII and has its proposed total depth at 2,175 meters.HRT is the operator of 21 blocks in the Solimões Basin, which it is exploring in partnership with TNK-Brasil.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: 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: HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.For further information: Carlos Tersandro Fonseca Adeodato - CFO and Investor Relations OfficerSandra Calcado - Investor Relations ManagerPriscila Sarandy - Investor Relations SpecialistTainah Costa - Investor Relations Senior Analyst +55 21 2105-9700