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BPZ Energy announced management promotions

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Houston, Tx., USA - August 2, 2010, Houston, Tx., USA - BPZ Energy announced the addition of Richard J. Spies as COO and Cesar Ortega as VP of operations. Frederic J.L. Briens has assumed the role of chief of strategy and technology.

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Mr. Spies brings 34 years of oil and gas experience beginning in 1975 with Amoco. From 1975 to 1990 Mr. Spies held various technical, supervisory, and managerial positions including work in the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1990 Mr. Spies was promoted to Vice President of Amoco Argentina and elevated to the position of President of Amoco Argentina in 1992. In 1997 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Pan American Energy, an Amoco (and subsequently BP) joint venture, which during his tenure grew to become the second largest oil and gas producer in Argentina.

Most recently, Mr. Spies was President of BP Russia from 2005 until he retired from BP in 2009.

Mr. Ortega joined BPZ to lead the operations team in Peru bringing 25 years of oil and gas experience to the company.

Mr. Ortega began his career with Occidental Petroleum Corporation in 1985 as a production engineer including work in the Cano Limon field in Colombia. He was responsible for two production facilities and the main pipeline pump station with plant capacity of 150,000 Bopd.

In 1996 Mr. Ortega joined BP Colombia Inc. where, in roles with increasing responsibility, he helped manage the Cusiana and Cupiagua fields, and in 2005 he was promoted into BP Americas.

Mr. Briens, who previously served BPZ as Chief Operating Officer, will now take over as Chief of Strategy and Technology.

Mr. Briens led the effort which resulted in the oil discovery in the Corvina field and the ongoing redevelopment of the Albacora field. Under his direction both Corvina and Albacora oil fields were rapidly placed into long-term testing.

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