CALGARY, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SLG)
("Sterling" or the "Company") is pleased to advise that fracture
stimulation and production testing of Breagh well A07 have been
After several days of flowing the well to clean it up, the well was
production tested at a stabilized rate of 32 million standard cubic
feet per day (100 percent) at the planned initial operating conditions
of the well. The performance achieved under these conditions represents
an estimated two to three-fold increase in production rates over what
would have been expected if the well had been completed with the
standard completion used in the Breagh field to date. The well will now
be tied into production over the summer in parallel with the drilling
of well A08, which should commence within the next two weeks.
The A07 well was drilled during the fourth quarter of 2013 to a location
approximately 2 kilometres to the south-east of the Alpha platform,
encountering 100 feet of net pay in two separate zones. The well was
suspended in early January 2014 to release the ENSCO 70 drilling rig
for a planned period of maintenance and upgrade. The rig arrived back
on location at Breagh in early May and re-entered A07 to commence
operations with the assistance of the Schlumberger Big Orange XVIII
well-stimulation vessel. Fracture stimulations were performed over the
two reservoir zones, Zone 1, which is the main productive zone and
reserves base in the Breagh field, and Zone 3, which Sterling currently
classifies as contingent resources. A total of 179,500 pounds of
proppant was pumped. The estimated overall cost of the fracture
treatment is approximately US$10 million (100 percent interest), or
US$3 million net to Sterling.
"These results have exceeded our expectations," stated John Rapach,
Chief Operating Officer for Sterling Resources. "We achieved a marked
improvement on Zone 1 production rates. The results are also very
relevant for the Phase 2 development of Breagh on which we continue to
work with Operator RWE Dea to firm up the plans for submission of a
Field Development Plan Addendum," added Mr. Rapach.
Jake Ulrich, Chief Executive Officer for Sterling Resources, also
commented, "After the lower than expected initial rate from some of the
Breagh wells and the delays in production due to the unplanned
shut-ins, it is particularly pleasing to announce an excellent result
with the first fracture stimulation. This will have significant
positive implications for the ongoing development of the Breagh field
and the future cash flow that we expect to receive."
Sterling Resources is a Canadian-listed international oil and gas
company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with assets in the United
Kingdom, Romania, France and the Netherlands. The common shares are
listed and posted for trading on the TSX-V under the symbol "SLG".
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