Pacific Rubiales Provides Update on Rubiales Oil Pipeline
Jul 22, 2009

    TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX: PRE) today
provided an update on the construction of the oil pipeline that links the
Rubiales field with the Monterrey station. The pipeline is being built and
will be operated by "Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales S.A.", a special
purpose vehicle organized for the pipeline project, which is owned 35% by
Pacific Rubiales and 65% by Ecopetrol S.A.
    This project will enable the companies to substantially reduce the
transportation costs for Rubiales crude to the export port of Covenas while
ensuring that there will be adequate throughput capacity to bring the Rubiales
field to its full production potential.
    The pipeline transport system, which has been under construction since
late 2008, consists of a pipeline 235 km in length and 24 inches in diameter,
as well as all the associated pumping and storage facilities. As of July 20,
2009, the pipeline completion progress is as follows:-   Rights of way: 100%
    -   Construction: 99.75%
    -   Hydrostatic test completed successfully: 57%
    -   Valves construction: 85%Line filling will start during the second half of August 2009. The
initial capacity of the pipeline will be 170,000 bbl/d (pipeline grade)
blended Rubiales heavy oil and can be upgraded to 260,000 bbl/d of blended oil
by adding booster pump stations.
    The Rubiales field's heavy oil is to be diluted to an API gravity of 18.5
degrees. This would allow for the development and expansion of the Rubiales
field to its full potential as well as allowing for the development of the
Quifa Block, while reducing transportation costs by almost 50%.

    Pacific Rubiales, a Canadian-based company and producer of natural gas
and heavy crude oil, owns 100 percent of Meta Petroleum Corp., a Colombian oil
operator which operates the Rubiales and Piriri oil fields in the Llanos Basin
in association with Ecopetrol S.A., the Colombian national oil company. The
company is focused on identifying opportunities primarily within the eastern
Llanos Basin of Colombia as well as in other areas in Colombia and northern
Peru. Pacific Rubiales has a current net production of approximately 34,000
barrels of oil equivalent per day, with working interests in 34 blocks in
Colombia and Peru.

    Boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe
conversion ratio of 6 mcf: 1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion
method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value
equivalency at the wellhead.

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    This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements,
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developments that the company believes, expects or anticipates will or may
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materially from current expectations include, among other things: uncertainty
of estimates of capital and operating costs, production estimates and
estimated economic return; the possibility that actual circumstances will
differ from the estimates and assumptions; failure to establish estimated
resources or reserves; fluctuations in petroleum prices and currency exchange
rates; inflation; changes in equity markets; political developments in
Colombia or Peru; changes to regulations affecting the company's activities;
uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in
the future; the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and
other geological data; and the other risks disclosed under the heading "Risk
Factors" and elsewhere in the company's annual information form dated April 1,
2009 filed on SEDAR at Any forward-looking statement speaks
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inherent uncertainty therein.

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For further information:
For further information: Mr. Ronald Pantin, Chief Executive Officer and
Director; Mr. Jose Francisco Arata, President and Director, (416) 362-7735;
Ms. Belinda Labatte, (647) 428-7035