Forest Gate Corporate Update: Oil & gas deal due diligence still in progress; Sourcing a rig to drill Pershing

Symbol & exchange: FGE-V

MONTREAL, Feb. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Forest Gate Energy reports that it is continuing its due diligence on the acquisition of oil and gas assets located in south-western Saskatchewan and is currently busy sourcing a rig to drill its Pershing gold property in Quebec. The company says it believes that the oil and gas acquisition could close this week.

On the mineral exploration side, Forest Gate Energy will be undertaking an exploratory drill campaign before spring break-up and is in the process of sourcing a rig to drill its Pershing gold property in Quebec. The company has approached several diamond drill rig suppliers for a quote to undertake the drilling program on its 100 percent owned Pershing gold property located near Val D'Or, Quebec. "There is a lot of exploration going on in Quebec and so it is a tight market for rigs and personnel. We are presently speaking with a couple companies who have indicated that they may be able to slot us in between contracts," said Edward Procyshyn, Manager, Mineral Exploration.

With regards to the company's oil business, Forest Gate is deep into the due diligence process on its acquisition. As previously announced (FGE news release, December 23, 2010), upon closing of the transaction, Forest Gate will own a non-operated 20 percent interest in oil and gas licenses encompassing 19,848 acres in south-western Saskatchewan in areas known as Rangeview, Divide and Katherine. The remaining 80 percent interest is owned and operated by Trafina Energy Ltd., a publicly-traded oil and gas company based in Calgary.

Subsequent to Forest Gate's December 23 news release, Trafina Energy reported (see Trafina news release, Jan. 10, 2011) it had placed its first horizontal well in the Upper Shaunavon formation into production. Trafina reported that the horizontal well is producing at a gross oil flow rate of 60 barrels per day.

Prior to the completion of the horizontal hole in the Upper Shaunavon formation, the Range and Divide properties net production to Forest Gate would have been 18 barrels oil and 10 barrels of oil equivalent in gas. The first horizontal well just completed by Trafina in the Upper Shaunavon will bring net production to Forest Gate of 30 barrels of oil and 10 barrels of oil equivalent in gas.

Trafina reports that it intends to drill at least two additional wells in the Upper Shaunavon and at least two wells in the Madison formation at Rangeview and Divide in 2011.  

"We have been working very hard on this deal and for good reason.  It doubles our oil production in the immediate term and has the low-risk, development potential that could make Forest Gate cash-flow positive by the end of 2011 or sooner," said Michael Judson, President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is a significant building block for the company."

About Forest Gate Energy
Forest Gate Energy Inc. is a publicly listed oil and gas exploration and production, and non-energy resource company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol FGE. The Corporation is seeking to increase shareholder value through participation and development of energy and other resources in Canada and internationally.


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