TORONTO, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - Alange Energy Corp. (TSXV: ALE) announced today that it has confirmed a heavy oil discovery in the Topoyaco-2 exploration well, which tested net 310 barrels per day of 10.5 degrees API oil with 20% BS&W, completed with an electro-submersible pump (ESP). The Topoyaco-2 well was drilled to explore Prospect C, with prospective resources certified by Petrotech Engineering Ltd. in its report dated effective April 30, 2010 of 19.26 MMbbl (best estimate).
Luis E. Giusti, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The discovery of an unanticipated heavy oil reservoir at Topoyaco Prospect C, in what appears to be the Rumiyaco formation, has diverted us from the original targeting of Villeta and Caballos, which hold the best promise. It is a case of unexpected good news, delaying what we expect to be even better news in the near future."
At Topoyaco-2 in Prospect C, Alange Energy was originally targeting the Villeta and Caballos formations, the main oil reservoirs along the structural-stratigraphic play of the foothills; however, in the course of drilling, the well logs showed the presence of significant net oil sands from what is now believed to be Lower Rumiyaco formation (informally named Neme). Although the presence of heavy oil indicates that it is Rumiyaco, the definitive stratigraphic model will have to be validated by a thorough geological evaluation to encompass correlations with the neighboring blocks to the south and northeast.
As a result of the presence of the oil sands, Alange Energy decided to carry out extensive testing using diverse optimization techniques. The test of 310 barrels per day mentioned above was carried out in an oil saturated section at a depth from 7,532 to 7,624 feet, which had identified a net pay of 48 feet. The significant net oil sand thickness, indicative of a significant deposit, merits an appraisal well for a first assessment of the lateral continuity of the reservoir. The possibility of a horizontal entry into the Lower Rumiyaco, in search of a larger production rate, is being considered for such well. Alange Energy anticipates that these initial test results will be incorporated into the Company's year-end reserve report.
Topoyaco-2 has proved the existence of oil accumulations in Prospect C's play type, confirming the structural model. In the meantime, the exploration program for Villeta and Caballos formations will continue with the drilling of a new well in Prospect C. Additionally, as originally planned, the most important objective of the Topoyaco block is Prospect D, which Alange Energy will start drilling late in the first quarter of 2011 which, in contrast to the other prospects, will target the sub-thrust.
Topoyaco-2, spudded on August 8, 2010, had reached total depth of 8,700 feet, finding 114 feet of total net oil pay sand and 125 feet of oil-saturated carbonates in whole drilled section.
In Prospect B, the Topoyaco-1 well penetrated the whole sedimentary column of interest reaching the Saldana formation in the Paleozoic. The Company plans to run an ESP to start production testing in the next week.
Alange Energy holds a 50% working interest and has control of the operatorship in this block, partnering with Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., which holds a 50% working interest.
About Alange Energy Corp.
Alange Energy is a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration and production company, with working interests in 12 properties in four basins in Colombia. Further information can be obtained by visiting our website at www.alangeenergy.com.
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