CALGARY, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Contact Exploration Inc. ("Contact" or the "Company") (TSXV: CEX) is pleased to report that an independent reserves
evaluation (the "MBA Report") of the Company's oil and gas assets has been completed by Martin &
Brusset Associates in accordance with the COGE Handbook. The reserves
estimated are net values before tax and after royalties and were
established in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 of the
Canadian Securities Administrators. The reserves evaluation is
effective March 31, 2011, and did not review the prospective resources
assigned by GLJ in January to the Company's unconventional gas acreage.
Contact's reserves are almost exclusively associated with oil and gas
assets within the province of New Brunswick, which include the 100%
working interest Stoney Creek Field and a recently identified oil
prospect the Company wishes to exploit in the Edgett's Landing area
(the "Hopewell Structure").
Net Proved oil reserves increased in 2011 by 91% above reserve volumes
reported in 2010 from 147,000 barrels to 281,000 barrels.
Net present value of Net Proved oil reserves (discounted at 10%)
increased by 260% from $3,026,000 to $10,909,000.
Net Proved and Probable oil reserves increased by 20% from 1,429,000
barrels to 1,711,000 barrels.
Net present value of Net Proved and Probable oil reserves (discounted at
10%) increased by 31% from $38,108,000 to $49,927,000.
Net Proved and Probable gas reserves remained constant at 7.17 billion
cubic feet of natural gas; net present value (discounted at 10%) has
decreased by $6,060,000 (26%) related to currently depressed natural
Net present value of the entire reserves portfolio (discounted at 10%)
increased by 9% from $61,438,000 to $67,197,000.
Increased reserve values have resulted from the drilling and completion
of two horizontal wells in 2010, within the Company's Stoney Creek
Field which confirmed excellent continuity and quality of the
oil-bearing reservoir. Better definition of the field and its lateral
extent has enabled superior modeling of infill drilling required for
primary field development. Decreased oil reserves from the Company's
small Saskatchewan property were more than offset by Stoney Creek
additions and 93,000 barrels of net probable reserves assigned to the
Hopewell Structure oil reservoir.
The Hopewell Structure is a newly defined oil opportunity within
Contact's portfolio. The Company has obtained all necessary drilling
approvals and is in the final planning stages for a new well in 2011.
Oil production has already been demonstrated from a well flanking the
seismically-defined structure, with significant opportunity to move
up-structure with new wells.
About Contact Exploration Inc.
Contact Exploration Inc. is a public company with a focus on Canadian
East Coast onshore oil and gas exploration and development. Our
philosophy is to operate exploration and development in our core area
of Atlantic Canada and to participate through overrides and carried
interests in certain regional unconventional plays, such as coalbed
methane in the Cumberland Basin, shale gas in the Windsor area, and
conventional exploration on the west coast of Newfoundland. Contact has
onshore interests in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick which
includes the Stoney Creek Field and the Hopewell Structure. In addition
to the Atlantic Canadian properties, Contact has producing oil assets
in south eastern Saskatchewan.
Information Regarding Disclosure on Oil and Gas Reserves and Operational
In accordance with Canadian practice, production volumes are reported on
a gross basis, before deduction of Crown and other royalties, unless
otherwise stated. Our oil and gas reserves statement for the year ended
March 31, 2011, which will include complete disclosure of our oil and
gas reserves and other oil and gas information in accordance with NI
51-101, will be available on our SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. In relation to the disclosure of estimates for individual properties,
such estimates may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates
of reserves for all properties, due to the effects of aggregation.
ADVISORY: This press release contains certain forward-looking information and
statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of
any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "may",
"will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar
expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or
statements. In particular, but without limiting the forgoing, this
press release contains statements concerning the exploration and
development of the Company's properties in the Stoney Creek area and Hopewell Structure of New Brunswick; petroleum and natural gas
(including shale gas) reserves that may be encountered through the
exploration of such properties; the recognition of significant
additional reserves, as derived from the MBA Report; the volumes and
estimated value of the Company's oil and gas reserves; and future
results from operations, among others.
The recovery and reserve estimates of Contact's reserves provided herein
are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated
reserves with be recovered. In addition, forward-looking statements or
information are based on a number of material factors, expectations or
assumptions of Contact which have been used to develop such statements
and information but which may prove to be incorrect. Although Contact believes that the expectations reflected in these
forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be
placed on them because Contact can give no assurance that they will
prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future
events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks
and uncertainties. In particular, in addition to other factors and
assumptions which may be identified herein, no assurances can be given
that the Company's exploration and development activities in the Stoney
Creek area and Hopewell Structure of New Brunswick will be successful or that
material volumes of petroleum and natural gas reserves will be
encountered, or if encountered can be produced on a commercial basis;
that Contact will continue to conduct its operations in a manner
consistent with past operations; results from drilling and development
activities will be consistent with past operations; the accuracy of the
estimates of Contact's reserve volumes; the general stability of the
economic and political environment in which Contact operates; drilling
results; field production rates and decline rates; the general continuance of current industry conditions; the timing and cost of pipeline, storage and facility construction and
expansion and the ability of Contact to secure adequate product
transportation; future commodity prices; currency, exchange and
interest rates; regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and
environmental matters in the jurisdictions in which Contact operates;
and the ability of Contact to successfully market its oil and natural
Further, events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially
from those predicted as a result of numerous known and unknown risks,
uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control
of the Company, including, without limitation: changes in commodity
prices; changes in the demand for or supply of the Company's products;
unanticipated operating results or production declines; changes in tax
or environmental laws, royalty rates or other regulatory matters;
changes in development plans of Contact or by third party operators of
Contact's properties, increased debt levels or debt service
requirements; inaccurate estimation of Contact's oil and gas reserve
and resource volumes; limited, unfavourable or a lack of access to
capital markets; increased costs; a lack of adequate insurance
coverage; the impact of competitors; and certain other risks detailed
from time-to-time in Contact's public disclosure documents. Additional
information regarding some of these risk factors may be found under
"Risk Factors" in the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis
prepared for the nine months ended December 31, 2010. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on this
forward-looking information. The forward looking statements contained
in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Contact
undertakes no obligations to update publicly or revise any forward
looking statements or information, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by
applicable securities laws.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE Contact Exploration Inc.
For further information:
President and CEO
Contact Exploration Inc.
Phone: (403) 771-1091
Fax: (403) 695-3915