(TSX Symbol - PEF; NYSE Amex Symbol - PED)
CALGARY, April 29 /CNW/ -
Corporate Production Update
The estimated peak production rate for the month of March 2009 was 4,089
BOEs (24,534 MCFGE) per day, which reflects a 248 BOEs per day increase over
the peak rate for February 2009. March 2009 averaged approximately 3,688 BOEs
(22,128 MCFGE) per day of production. Approximately 31% of the production was
oil and natural gas liquids and 69% was natural gas.
Mr. Sandy Andrew, President & COO of the Company said, "The Hunton
Resource Play in Oklahoma continues to meet our production forecasts. Our
strategy to employ Bubble Point Technology in the Hunton is working."
The Hunton Resource Play in Oklahoma has an arial extent of approximately
16 million acres. Assuming 10% of the land is prospective, the resource
potential could be approximately 6.2 Tcfe(1). "Petroflow saw the opportunity
represented in the Hunton and recognized the operational and economic fit for
Bubble Point Technology. This combination of reservoir parameters has allowed
us to grow from very modest levels to peak rates exceeding 4,000 BOE's per day
in less than three years," added Mr. Andrew.
Starting in February 2009, Petroflow began to report natural gas liquids
("NGL") volumes from its Oklahoma operations in accordance with the new forms
of midstream processing contracts. This change has resulted in an approximate
initial increase of five percent in Petroflow's barrel of oil equivalent
volumes. In the second quarter of 2009, as a contract revision takes effect,
an additional increase of approximately three percent will occur. The
midstream contracts which prompted the reporting change provide direct
compensation for NGL volumes. The new prices have been staging into effect
since the agreements were finalized in May 2008 and will continue to phase in
during the first half of 2009. The full reserves value of these positive
changes is reflected in Petroflow's year end 2008 reports.
Oklahoma Drilling Activity
Mr. John Melton, Company CEO stated, "While we have enjoyed great success
with our drilling program in the Hunton Resource Play in Oklahoma, we must
consider the impact of the recent commodity prices for oil, gas and NGL's. We
chose to suspend our drilling program as a direct result of low commodity
prices. However, we have been using this time effectively to position
Petroflow for a quick ramp-up once the commodity prices reach a more favorable
level. Some of the initiatives currently being integrated are:
- Re-negotiation of drillings contracts that could result in a cost
reduction of as much as 40%
- Advancement of the de-watering process on current producers which
will provide more disposal capacity for future wells
- Increase in the inventory of drilling opportunities
Petroflow is unwavering in our commitment to the Hunton Resource Play in
Oklahoma. We have built our forecasts on the deep understanding of the play
and the technology we use to deliver consistently increased production,"
concluded Mr. Melton.
Following is a table outlining the status of our drilling activities in
the Hunton Resource Play.
DRILLING ACTIVITY: Total wells on production as at March 1, 2009 62
Wells brought on production to April 20, 2009 1
Wells currently drilling 0
Salt water disposal wells drilled 5
Wells abandoned 2
Other Production Areas
Our Texas and Alberta properties continue to produce and provide
consistent cash flow for operations.
(1) "The Hunton formation has been geologically proven to underlie
approximately 1/3 of the State of Oklahoma at varying depths and in
varying thicknesses and percentages of permeability and porosity.
While not definitive, our geological investigations to date have
allowed us to conclude that 10% or more of the formation could
exhibit the combination of characteristics necessary to allow for
commercial exploitation. Based on our historical success, the
calculations generate up to 6.2 Tcfe of potentially recoverable
hydrocarbons. At present, Petroflow has access to mineral rights
representing only 75.2 Bcfe on a proved undeveloped plus probable
basis. Although some of the rest of this hydrocarbon potential is
under lease by other oil and gas companies, our work to date has
proven that much of these potential lands would be available for
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains statements about oil and gas production and
operating activities that may constitute "forward-looking statements" or
"forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities
legislation as they involve the implied assessment that the resources
described can be profitably produced in the future, based on certain estimates
Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates
and projections that involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
anticipated by Petroflow and described in the forward-looking statements.
These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to,
adverse general economic conditions, operating hazards, drilling risks,
inherent uncertainties in interpreting and applying engineering data, geologic
data, and accumulated operating and production knowledge, technology change
and failure, competition, reduced availability of drilling and other well
services, fluctuations in oil and gas prices and prices for drilling and other
well services, government regulation and foreign political risks, fluctuations
in the exchange rate between Canadian and US dollars and other currencies, as
well as other risks commonly associated with the exploration and development
of oil and gas properties.
Additional information on these and other factors, which could affect
Petroflow's operations or financial results, are included in Petroflow's
reports on file with Canadian and United States securities regulatory
authorities. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements
should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change unless
otherwise required under securities law.
BOEs derived by converting gas to oil in the ratio of six thousand cubic
feet of gas to one barrel of oil (6 Mcf: 1 bbl). BOEs 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.
The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility
for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
For further information:
For further information: Mr. John Melton, CEO, Petroflow Energy Ltd.,
(985) 796-8080, www.petroflowenergy.com; Mr. Duncan Moodie, CFO, Petroflow
Energy Ltd., (403) 539-4320, www.petroflowenergy.com