CALGARY, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Eagle Energy Trust (the "Trust") (TSX:"EGL.UN") today announced the results of the December 31, 2010 independent reserves evaluation of its wholly-owned US subsidiary ("Eagle US"), and provided an operational update. The evaluation was conducted by GLJ Petroleum Consultants ("GLJ") effective December 31, 2010 and prepared in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities.

Operational Update

  • Eagle US has signed a 6 month drilling contract to secure its current rig for its budgeted 2011 capital drilling program.

  • Eagle US has finished drilling its 16th horizontal well in the Salt Flat field drilling program since the June 1, 2010 effective acquisition date and has achieved a 100% success rate. Nine of these wells have been tied in, with the remaining wells expected to be put on stream within the next 90 days.

  • Eagle US has secured transportation and marketing agreements to ensure that its volumes will continue to be marketed at attractive differentials to the West Texas Intermediate posted price.

2010 Year End Reserve Report Highlights

  • Total proved and probable reserves of approximately 7.1 million barrels of oil, 43% of which are categorized as proved.
  • Total reserve additions of 318 Mbbls over the 7 months since the June 1, 2010 effective acquisition date, resulting in Eagle US replacing 300% of its volumes produced from June 1 to December 31, 2010.

  • A US$44 million increase in proved plus probable reserves value since June 1, 2010, after having produced 99.5 Mbbls.

  • A current reserve life index of 14.6 years based on January 2011 average production of 1327 bbls/day.

  • 100% of the reserves are light oil.

The following tables summarize the independent reserves estimates and values as at December 31, 2010:

Summary of Oil Reserves

              Reserves Category
                  Developed Producing       987
                  Developed Non-Producing       464
                  Undeveloped       1600
              Total Proved       3051
              Probable       4022
              Total Proved Plus Probable       7073


(1)  Gross reserves are Eagle US's total working interest share before the deduction of any royalties and without including any royalty interest of the Trust.

Summary of Net Present Value of Future Net Revenue of Oil Reserves

        Reserves Category   Net Present Value of Future Net Revenue
Before Income Taxes Discounted at (%/year) (1)
  0%   5%   10%   15%   20%
            (US$000)   (US$000)   (US$000)   (US$000)   (US$000)
            Developed Producing   47,718   38,762   32,885   28,787   25,784
            Developed Non-Producing   21,611   17,593   14,893   12,982   11,566
            Undeveloped   55,108   41,947   33,159   26,984   22,456
        Total Proved   124,438   98,302   80,938   68,753   59,807
        Probable   192,528   129,054   92,361   69,510   54,376
        Total Proved Plus Probable   316,966   227,356   173,299   138,263   114,183


(1)  Estimates of after-tax future net revenue are not presented because neither Eagle US nor the Trust will be subject to taxes in Canada.
(2)  It should not be assumed that the present values of estimated future net revenue shown above are representative of the fair market value of the reserves. There is no assurance that such price and costs assumptions will be attained and variances could be material. The recovery and reserves estimates of crude oil reserves provided in this press release are estimates only and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. Actual crude oil reserves may be greater than or less than the estimates provided in this press release.
(3)  Present values of estimated future net revenue shown above are based on GLJ's escalated price forecast as of December 31, 2010, which assumes a base 2011 oil price of US$88/bbl.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made and information contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and forward looking information (collectively referred to as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of historic fact are forward-looking statements. Statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future.

This press release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to, and which rely on assumptions as to, the volumes and estimated value of Eagle US's proved and probable reserves, forecasted production levels, future oil prices and the expected timing of tying in the remaining wells.  These forward-looking statements are based on the Trust's current beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Trust, including the accuracy of the estimates of Eagle US's reserve volumes, future commodity prices and costs assumptions, future production levels, the ability to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out development activities, the ability to market oil successfully, and the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms to fund Eagle US's planned expenditures. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.

These assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties inherent in the oil and gas industry such as geological, technical, drilling and processing problems and other risks and uncertainties, as well as the business risks discussed in the Trust's prospectus dated November 16, 2010 under the headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors".

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which are inherently uncertain, are based on estimates and assumptions, and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties (both general and specific) that contribute to the possibility that the future events or circumstances contemplated by the forward looking statements will not occur.  Although we believe that the expectations conveyed by the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on information available to us on the date the forward-looking statements were made, there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which forward-looking statements are based will in fact be realized. Actual results will differ, and the difference may be material and adverse to the Trust and its unitholders. The Trust does not undertake any obligation, except as required by applicable securities legislation, to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Eagle Energy Trust is a newly formed energy trust created to provide investors with a publicly-traded, oil and natural gas focused, distribution producing investment, with favourable tax treatment relative to taxable Canadian corporations. 

Richard W. Clark
President and Chief Executive Officer

All material information pertaining to Eagle Energy Trust may be found at www.sedar.com or on the Trust's website at www.EagleEnergyTrust.com.  

Eagle's units are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol EGL.UN.

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