STUDIO CITY, CA, March 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Petroteq Energy Inc. (“Petroteq” or the “Company”) (TSXV: PQE; OTCQX: PQEFFFrankfurt: A2DYWC), a company focused on the development and implementation of proprietary technologies for the energy industry, today announced the opening of its Petrobloq Blockchain Labs.

The Company has leased and staffed a purpose built space solely for the development of the Petrobloq technologies. The labs will be staffed by several blockchain and smart contract developers and UX/UI designers, making Petrobloq part of a broader strategic investment around the digital transformation and innovation in oil and gas supply chain management. Strategic hires have been made over the past months but the team is now in a single location and development is accelerating.

“Technological innovation is a top priority for Petroteq— the Company intends to continue to strategically invest in technology to benefit our industry, where success or survival depends heavily on being innovative,” stated Alex Blyumkin, CEO of Petroteq.

Petrobloq’s blockchain initiative is being accepted by oil majors, like Pemex and Socar (Ukrainian branch) and the company is looking forward to adding additional energy producers to the roster of partners when its technology is developed.

According to a recent Deloitte survey, blockchain technology is emerging as a key business focus for US companies in many industries, with executives in the consumer products and manufacturing; and technology, media and telecommunications sectors planning to invest the most money.

The Petrobloq team will focus on developing robust blockchain capabilities beginning with proofs of concept that can be developed into functioning prototypes. The team intends on the platform having the ability to integrate with already existing solutions for the oil and gas supply chain. 

While the Petrobloq labs team will be focused on working to make the supply chain more efficient in the oil and gas industry, it is expected to be working with other applications as well.

About Petroteq Energy Inc.

Petroteq is a fully integrated oil and gas company focused on the development and implementation of a new proprietary technology for oil extraction. The Company has an environmentally safe and sustainable technology for the extraction of heavy oils from oil sands, oil shale deposits and shallow oil deposits. Petroteq is engaged in the development and implementation of its patented environmentally friendly heavy oil processing and extraction technologies. Our proprietary process produces zero greenhouse gas, zero waste and requires no high temperatures. Petroteq is currently focused on developing its oil sands resources and expanding production capacity at its Asphalt Ridge heavy oil extraction facility located near Vernal, Utah. The Company also owns a minority stake in an exploration and production play located in southwest Texas held by Accord GR Energy Inc. In addition, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary PetroBLOQ, LLC, is seeking to develop the first blockchain based platform created exclusively for the supply chain needs of the oil & gas sector. For more information, visit www.Petroteq.energy and PetroBLOQ.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. and Canadian securities laws. Words such as “may,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “potential,” “will,” “seek,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect” and similar expressions as they relate to the Company, including the Company successfully developing block chain technology for the oil and gas industry, making continued strategic hires, and adding more Companies to its roster of partners, are intended to identify forward-looking information. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking information. Such statements reflect the Company’s current views and intentions with respect to future events, based on information available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Material factors or assumptions were applied in providing forward-looking information, including: PetroBLOQ successfully developing and implementing a blockchain-based supply chain management system, the Company continuing to strategically invest in technology to benefit its industry and the Petrobloq labs team working with other applications. While forward-looking statements are based on data, assumptions and analyses that the Company believes are reasonable under the circumstances, whether actual results, performance or developments will meet the Company’s expectations and predictions depends on a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results, performance and financial condition of the Company to differ materially from its expectations. Certain of the “risk factors” that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation: PetroBLOQ not having the expertise and/or funds necessary to develop and implement a blockchain-based supply chain management system; PetroBLOQ not being able to develop the blockchain technology or other applications to completion; blockchain technology not being adopted by the oil and gas industry; changes in laws or regulations; the ability to implement business strategies or to pursue business opportunities, whether for economic or other reasons; status of the world oil markets, oil prices and price volatility; oil pricing; state of capital markets and ability by the Company to raise capital; litigation; the commercial and economic viability of the Company’s oil sands hydrocarbon extraction technology, the SWEPT technology, the S-BRPT technology, and other proprietary technologies developed or licensed by the Company or by Accord, which are of experimental nature and have not been used at full capacity for an extended period of time; reliance on suppliers, contractors, consultants and key personnel; the ability of the Company and Accord to maintain their respective mineral lease holdings; potential failure of the Company’s business plans or model; the nature of oil and gas production and oil sands mining, extraction and production; uncertainties in exploration and drilling for oil, gas and other hydrocarbon-bearing substances; unanticipated costs and expenses, availability of financing and other capital; potential damage to or destruction of property, loss of life and environmental damage; risks associated with compliance with environmental protection laws and regulations; uninsurable or uninsured risks; potential conflicts of interest of officers and directors; and other general economic, market and business conditions and factors, including the risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company’s disclosure documents, filed with the securities regulatory authorities in certain provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com.

Should any factor affect the Company in an unexpected manner, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, the actual results or events may differ materially from the results or events predicted. Any such forward-looking information is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement. Moreover, the Company does not assume responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such forward-looking information. The forward-looking information included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, other than as required by applicable law.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Petroteq Energy Inc.
Alex Blyumkin
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (800) 979-1897