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Petro Victory Energy Corp. Announces Appointment of Industry Expert to Lead Geological and Geophysical Subsurface Team

CALGARY, July 18th, 2023 /CNW/ – Petro Victory Energy Corp. (TSXV: VRY) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Gervasio Barzola as an Advisor to the CEO with responsibility for directing and leading the Geological & Geophysical (G&G) Subsurface team. With over 34 years of industry experience, including 14 years specifically in unconventional reservoirs, Barzola brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Petro Victory.


  • 22-year career and former VP at Pioneer Natural Resources (“Pioneer”)
  • Led the development plan for 800,000 acres in the Permian Basin
  • Led the team that discovered, appraised, and defined the development plan
    for Pioneer’s Eagle Ford Play in South Texas
  • Advised YPF, Tecpetrol, Phoenix, CGC, and Pluspetrol on Neuquén Basin Vaca Muerta & Austral Basin Projects

Under the direction of Barzola, Pioneer drilled and completed over 1,000 wells in the Permian multi-reservoirs’ shale. After his 22-year career at Pioneer, Barzola has advised several other prominent oil and gas companies, such as YPF, Tecpetrol, Phoenix, CGC, and Pluspetrol, on their successful Neuquén Basin Vaca Muerta projects. Barzola has vast experience in designing and monitoring subsurface technical initiatives, defining data acquisition strategies and leveraging critical information to de-risk reservoirs. His expertise and experience have allowed him to make valuable recommendations based on analogs in the USA (EagleFord/Permian) and to modernize shale production in Latin America.

Mr. Barzola is a highly accomplished geologist and co-author of multiple influential papers on unconventional resources and has gained recognition for his expertise and contributions to the energy industry. With an extensive background in shale plays, Mr. Barzola has been a key figure in analyzing and understanding the potential of unconventional resources.

Throughout his career, Mr. Barzola has co-authored several notable papers that have garnered attention within the industry. Some of his prominent works include “Assessing Well Performance in a Prolific Liquids-rich Shale Play – An Eagle Ford Case Study,” published in the AAPG Eagle Ford Memoir, and “Eagle Ford Reservoir Characterization from Multisource Data Integration” for which he was recognized with the AAPG’s John W. Shelton Search & Discovery Award in 2014. Additionally, Mr. Barzola chaired panels and served as a keynote speaker at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTEC), where he delivered presentations on topics such as well spacing in the Eagle Ford of South Texas and leveraging seismic data for reservoir characterization.

His contributions also extend to international events, where he has shared his knowledge and insights. Mr. Barzola presented at the SPE Buenos Aires in Argentina in 2016, discussing key learnings from the development of the Eagle Ford and Wolfcamp Shale plays. He also participated as a panel moderator and co-author at the SPE Argentina event in 2018, focusing on the completion of design and optimization programs in the Permian Basin.

In addition to his academic and professional achievements, Mr. Barzola has delivered numerous industry talks across the United States, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, demonstrating his commitment to sharing knowledge and advancing the understanding of unconventional resources.

Richard F. Gonzalez, Petro-Victory CEO, commented:

“Gervasio’s appointment marks an important milestone for Petro Victory. With his extensive experience in the energy industry and his deep understanding of conventional and unconventional resources, we are confident that Gervasio will make immediate and significant contributions to Petro Victory. Gervasio has a proven track record in creating, leading, and executing development plans. We look forward to his guidance and insights as we realize the maximum value of our reserves and resources in Brazil.”

About Petro-Victory Energy Corp.

Petro-Victory Energy Corp. (TSXV: VRY) is a dynamic energy company focused on the acquisition, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas resources in Brazil. With a strong presence in Brazil, Petro-Victory holds a 100% operating and working interest in thirty-eight (38) licenses, covering an extensive land area of 257,604 acres across two (2) producing basins.

Driven by a commitment to delivering value to shareholders, Petro-Victory strategically invests in high-impact, low-risk assets with the potential for significant growth and returns. The company’s operations are guided by disciplined practices and a relentless pursuit of operational excellence.

At Petro-Victory Energy Corp., we recognize the importance of energy security and sustainable energy practices. We are dedicated to minimizing our environmental impact while meeting the growing global demand for energy resources. Our team of industry professionals and technical experts are focused on maximizing production efficiency, optimizing asset utilization, and leveraging innovative technologies to drive operational success.

Listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol VRY, Petro-Victory Energy Corp. provides an opportunity for investors to participate in the exciting growth potential of the Brazilian energy market while benefiting from the company’s strategic approach and long-term vision.

For more information about Petro-Victory Energy Corp., please visit our website at

Note: This description provides an overview of Petro-Victory Energy Corp. and should not be considered a comprehensive representation of the company.

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Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to but not limited to: our business strategies, plans and objectives, and drilling, testing and exploration expectations. These forward-looking statements are based on certain key assumptions regarding, among other things: our ability to add production and reserves through our exploration activities; the receipt, in a timely manner, of regulatory and other required approvals for our operating activities; the availability and cost of labor and other industry services; the continuance of existing and, in certain circumstances, proposed tax and royalty regimes; and current industry conditions, laws and regulations continuing in effect (or, where changes are proposed, such changes being adopted as anticipated). Readers are cautioned that such assumptions, although considered reasonable by Petro-Victory at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect.

Actual results achieved will vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors.

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For further information
Petro Victory Energy Corp.
Richard F. Gonzalez, CEO 214-971-2647
Daniel R. Wray, CFO 214-971-2647