GeoPark announces new Argentina acquisition, YPF partnership


BUENOS AIRES -- GeoPark Limited, a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Chile, today announced further expansion in the Neuquen basin in Argentina with the acquisition of Los Parlamentos Block in partnership with YPF S.A. (YPF), the largest oil and gas producer in Argentina.

Los Parlamentos is an attractive, high-potential block located in the Mendoza Province and covers an area of approximately 366,000 acres (1,480 km2) with seismic coverage (100 km2 of 3D and 800 km2 of 2D seismic), near other producing fields.

The block was awarded to YPF in the Mendoza bidding round on May 31, 2018. In accordance with the partnership agreement between YPF and GeoPark, and subject to customary regulatory approvals, GeoPark will receive a 50% non-operating working interest (WI) in Los Parlamentos Block in exchange for a commitment to fund its 50% WI of one exploration well and additional 3D seismic. GeoPark’s total financial commitment is approximately $6 million over the next three years.

Los Parlamentos expands GeoPark’s seven block, 2+ million acre platform in the prolific Neuquen basin, with significant conventional and unconventional exploration potential within the Grupo Neuquen and Loncoche formations. Geoscience evaluation is ongoing and field operations are expected to start-up in late 2018 or early 2019.

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