Parex Resources Provides Update on Northern Llanos Operations as well as Announces Timing of Q4 2023 Results
CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parex Resources Inc. (“Parex” or the “Company”) (TSX: PXT) provides an update on its Northern Llanos operations, which are being affected by ongoing social protests in the region that began on January 22, 2024. The Company also announces that it will release its Q4 2023 and FY 2023 financial and operating results, as well as its independent reserves assessment as at December 31, 2023, after markets close on Thursday, February 29, 2024.
Ongoing Social Protests that are Affecting Operations in the Northern Llanos
As reported by Colombian media outlets, the operations of energy companies that operate in the Northern Llanos region of Colombia are being impacted by ongoing social protests.
As a result of the protests, on January 22, 2024, Parex shut-in its operations at the Capachos Block(1), as well as halted drilling and testing operations at the Arauca Block(2). For the period of January 1, 2024, to February 11, 2024, estimated average Company production was approximately 53,200 boe/d(3) and current average production is roughly 50,000 boe/d(4). The Company’s average production guidance for FY 2024, ranging from 54,000 to 60,000 boe/d (57,000 boe/d midpoint), remains unchanged due to production contingencies incorporated into the guidance range.
The Company has activated internal security protocols and is actively working to resume operations by engaging with stakeholders at all levels. Parex acknowledges the efforts and leadership of the Colombian national government, including various ministries and agencies, as we strive to find a mutually beneficial solution through an established engagement process.
(1) 50% W.I.
(2) Business Collaboration Agreement with Ecopetrol S.A. (Parex 50% Participating Share)).
(3) Light & medium crude oil: ~7,961 bbl/d, heavy crude oil: ~44,496 bbl/d, conventional natural gas: ~4,457 mcf/d.
(4) Estimated current average production relates to the 11-day period of February 1, 2024, to February 11, 2024 (light & medium crude oil: ~7,482 bbl/d, heavy crude oil: ~41,820 bbl/d, conventional natural gas: ~4,189 mcf/d).
Q4 2023 and FY 2023 Results – Conference Call & Video Webcast
Parex will host a conference call and video webcast to discuss its Q4 2023 and FY 2023 results on Friday, March 1, 2024, beginning at 9:30 am MT (11:30 am ET). To participate in the conference call or video webcast, please see the access information below:
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About Parex Resources Inc.
Parex is the largest independent oil and gas company in Colombia, focusing on sustainable, conventional production. The Company’s corporate headquarters are in Calgary, Canada, with an operating office in Bogotá, Colombia. Parex is a member of the S&P/TSX Composite ESG Index and its shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PXT.
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These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, the impact of general economic conditions in Canada and Colombia; prolonged volatility in commodity prices; industry conditions including changes in laws and regulations including adoption of new environmental laws and regulations, and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced in Canada and Colombia; determinations by OPEC and other countries as to production levels; competition; lack of availability of qualified personnel; the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities; obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities in Canada and Colombia; the risks associated with negotiating with foreign governments as well as country risk associated with conducting international activities; volatility in market prices for oil; fluctuations in foreign exchange or interest rates; environmental risks; changes in income tax laws or changes in tax laws and incentive programs relating to the oil industry; changes to pipeline capacity; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; failure of counterparties to perform under contracts; the risk that Brent oil prices may be lower than anticipated; the risk that Parex’s evaluation of its existing portfolio of development and exploration opportunities may not be consistent with its expectations; the risk that Parex may not resume operations at the Capachos Block or the Arauca Block when anticipated, or at all; the risk that Parex’s average annual production in 2024 may be less than anticipated; the risk that Parex may not meet its production guidance for the year ended December 31, 2024; the risk that production growth does not occur as forecasted; the risk that Parex may not release its full year and fourth quarter 2023 financial and operating guidance and independent reserves assessment when anticipated, or at all; the risk that Parex may not hold a conference call to discuss its full year and fourth quarter 2023 results when anticipated, or at all; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Parex’s operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR+ website (www.sedarplus.ca).
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