VANCOUVER, May 20 /CNW/ - Petromin Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:PTR)
("Petromin") is pleased to announce that Terrawest Energy Corp. (TWE) has
tapped into what may be a massive new unconventional natural gas resource in
China. The company discovered significant gas-bearing shale and multiple coal
seams in its LHG 08-03 well drilled in November 2008.
TWE holds a 47% interest in a production sharing contract (PSC) with
China United Coalbed Methane Corp. Ltd. (CUCBM). The project, called
Liuhuanggou, is located in Xinjiang province and the PSC is located adjacent
to the capital city of Urumqi. The project covers over 162,000 contiguous
acres (TWE approximately 77,000 net acres) in the southern Junggar Basin. The
Junggar Basin is an active hydrocarbon producing area but no shale gas
discoveries have previously been announced. The Liuhuanggou discovery is
likely to heat up natural gas activity in the area.
"The fact that the discovery is in an easily accessible area and near
existing pipeline infrastructure is an enormous benefit to development
prospects," said Ross Gorrell, TWE President & CEO. "TWE has been working to
establish a multi-play project at Liuhuanggou for several years and now it
appears we have what could become one of the most significant natural gas
finds in China."
TWE had previously announced significant coal seam intersections in
earlier drilling dating back to 2006. The company intersected Jurassic
Xishanyao (J2X) formation coal seams with total thickness of over 40m. Early
analysis indicated gas contents of up to 100scf/t yielding gas potential of up
to 8.5billion cubic feet/section (sq mile). The J2X is continuous over much of
the PSC area and represents a significant CBM development opportunity on a
stand alone basis.
The latest discovery is in the underlying and previously unexplored
Jurassic Badaowan (J1B) formation. Well LHG 08-03 intersected approximately
350m of J1B with multiple gaseous coal seams as well as over 170m of
gas-bearing shale before reaching total depth. "The intersected gas-bearing
shale has natural gas potential ranging to 100billion cubic feet/section and
more based on the data emerging from the important shale gas plays in North
America" said Gorrell. "Most importantly, over the past 3-5 years the
development and production technologies for shale gas have been established
and are transferable across sedimentary basins."
Preliminary geological reconnaissance of the J1B in surface exposure has
indicated potential for significantly greater thicknesses of prospective
The PSC area covers an existing PetroChina oil and gas lease and China
National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) PetroChina personnel are members of the
cooperative project team. TWE utilizes CNPC PetroChina for mud logging,
specialized geophysical services and is utilizing the services of the CNPC
PetroChina Karamay Lab for shale analysis.
Based on the 2008 results TWE will initiate further exploration of its
Liuhuanggou project lands in the coming weeks to obtain critical shale data,
further analyze coalbed methane in coal seams and further study essential
reservoir characteristics. The 2009 program will include geological survey of
target areas, seismic geophysical survey and drilling of selected locations.
The initial drilling program is aimed at confirming gas contents of coal
seams, sampling deeper prospective formations, confirming formation thickness
and confirming the prospectivity of the J1B.
Shale gas plays in North America are driving huge capital investments and
stimulating investor interest globally and include Canada's Horne River,
Montney and St. Lawrence River Valley Shale (Utica); in the US, Barnett,
Haynesville, Marcellus, Fayetteville, Woodford, Chattanooga and Utica Shale.
These shale gas plays have the potential to supply enough gas to satisfy
North American demand for the future and are altering the energy balance on a
New shale gas discoveries of the same type have implications for
countries like China where such new gas supply may provide much needed
security and the basis for large-scale conversion of the economy from coal to
clean burning gas.
Petromin Resources Ltd. is a progressive international Petroleum and
Natural Gas Exploration and Production Company listed Tier 1 on the TSX
Venture Exchange. Petromin is a major shareholder in TWE and provides
professional services under the terms of a management agreement with TWE.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
A. Ross Gorrell
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