CALGARY, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Bengal Energy Ltd. (TSX: BNG) ("Bengal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that production
testing on the recently drilled Cuisinier wells in Australia's Cooper
Basin has been completed with positive results from all four wells.
Combined new oil production from these four wells from the Murta
formation is estimated at initial rates of approximately 800 barrels of
oil per day (bopd) (net 200 bopd to Bengal). Flow line construction for
all wells has commenced with on-stream dates estimated in late October
of this year. In addition, the previously drilled Barta North 1 well
has been flow line connected and is expected to commence production on
September 17, 2012 at approximately 70 bopd (net 18 bopd). Oil from
these new wells will be trucked to a sales point under the current
Facilities upgrade and pipeline connection to the Cook Oil Field
facility is forecasted to be completed late in the calendar fourth
quarter or early first quarter 2013 subject to receipt of the necessary
approvals. These steps will enable full field production (8 wells) to
commence from Cuisinier. Initial combined daily production rates from
these eight wells are estimated at a minimum of 1,100 bopd (net 275).
The existing Cuisinier 1, 2 and 3 wells have been shut in awaiting grant
of a Petroleum Lease (PL), which is anticipated late in 2012. Granting
of the PL will allow all eight Cuisinier wells to produce.
Bengal has a 25% interest in the 631,000 acre Barta Block of Authority
to Prospect (ATP) 752P.
"We're pleased not only with the success of the Cuisinier completion
program, but also with the potential of our acreage in multiple
geological zones on this block," said Chayan Chakrabarty, President &
CEO of Bengal. "We are working closely with our Joint Venture partners
to commence an additional 200 square kilometre 3D seismic program to
further explore the block. The successful wells and completions to date
support the pre drill geophysical interpretation and have now extended
the oil bearing DC 70 trend to 4,400 metres from south to north and
have expanded the DC 70 sand oil window to 25 metres in thickness."
Bengal has conducted a long-term pressure test at the original discovery
well at Cuisinier 1. This test indicates a minor pressure drop from the
pre-production period (virgin reservoir pressure) of approximately
4.0%. Bengal believes that this pressure information, when viewed
against cumulative production prior to the pressure buildup test of
123,200 barrels, is indicative of the possibility of further extensions
of the Cuisinier oil field. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012,
field netback on this high quality, 52 degree API crude oil produced at
Cuisinier was $68.81 per barrel.
The Cuisinier structure has been interpreted from 3D seismic data by
Bengal to be one of several culminations in the area. Additional
appraisal drilling will be required to determine the ultimate size of
the structure and the extent of the Murta reservoirs.
Bengal believes that the Cuisinier structure has the potential to host
oil in additional reservoirs. The adjacent Cook Oil Field produces oil
from the prolific Hutton reservoir. Cuisinier wells have also had oil
shows in the Birkhead and Triassic targets. Results in the
Cuisinier-Cook area show that significant oil accumulations can be
found in different reservoirs in this region.
Bengal has interests in four other permit areas in the Cooper Basin.
Bengal Energy Ltd. is an international junior oil and gas exploration
and production company with assets in India and Australia. The company
is committed to growing shareholder value through international
exploration, production and acquisitions. Bengal trades on the TSX
under the symbol BNG.
Additional information is available at www.bengalenergy.ca
This news release contains certain statements which constitute
forward-looking statements or information, including oil production
rates, timing of oil production coming on-stream at Cuisinier, timing
of completion of transportation and other facilities construction,
receipt of regulatory approvals, granting of petroleum exploration
leases and licenses, drilling plans, capital expenditure requirements,
and the approximate size and nature of seismically defined features.
Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its
forward-looking statements are reasonable, the forward-looking
statements have been based on factors and assumptions concerning future
events which may prove to be inaccurate. Test results described herein
are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate
recovery. Those factors and assumptions are based upon currently
available information. Such statements are subject to known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual
results or events and cause actual results or events to differ
materially from those stated, anticipated or implied in the
forward-looking statements. As such, readers are cautioned not to place
undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, as no assurance can
be provided as to future results, levels of activity or achievements.
The Company has provided these forward-looking statements or
information in reliance on certain assumptions that it believes are
reasonable at this time, including assumptions about the timing and
execution of capital plans for ATP 752P where Bengal is not the
operator. Risks include, but are not limited to: uncertainties and
other factors that are beyond the control of the Company, risks
associated with the oil and gas industry, commodity prices and exchange
rate changes, operational risks associated with exploration,
development and production operations, delays or changes in plans,
delays in obtaining approvals and ability to meet work commitments.
Additional risks include Bengal's ability to meet the capital
expenditures, the estimated size of any seismic features, whether
additional geosciences work will progress to defining drillable
locations, the possible prospectivity of the Company's acreage and the
receipt of regulatory approvals and the granting of the required PL at
Cuisinier. The Company assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results
could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements
except as required by securities laws. Additional information
identifying risks and uncertainties is contained in filings of the
Company with Canadian securities regulators, which are available under
the Company's profile at www.sedar.com.
SOURCE: Bengal Energy Ltd.
For further information:
Bengal Energy Ltd.
Chayan Chakrabarty, President & Chief Executive Officer
Bryan Goudie, Chief Financial Officer