CALGARY, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Madalena Ventures Inc. (the "Company" or "Madalena" (TSX VENTURE: MVN) is pleased to provide the following update:
International Update - Curamhuele Block Extension
Following an application and approval process through the first half of 2013, the exploration period for Madalena's 90% W.I. Curamhuele block has been extended by way of an official decree signed by the Province of Neuquén in Argentina. This one year extension until November 8, 2014 provides Madalena the financial flexibility to satisfy the remaining work commitments on the block, versus the previous deadline of November 7, 2013. This extension also provides Madalena with the opportunity in 2013 to identify a potential strategic partner to accelerate exploration and development activities on the block. The remaining work commitments at Curamhuele are approximately US $13.8 million plus VAT.
On the Curamhuele block, the Company has exposure to over 1.5 billion boe (65% oil) of best estimate contingent plus prospective recoverable resources as estimated by a recent Ryder Scott evaluation. The key zones across the block are the unconventional Vaca Muerta shale, Lower Agrio shale, and Mulichinco, as well as other conventional formations of interest. Details of the Ryder Scott evaluation were disclosed in the Company's press release of April 30, 2013.
Given this block extension, for the remainder of 2013, Madalena is funded and budgeted to meet its remaining commitments across its three blocks within the Neuquen Basin.
About Madalena - International and Domestic Assets
Madalena is an independent, Canadian-based, domestic and international upstream oil and gas company whose main business activities include exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas.
Internationally, Madalena holds three large blocks within the Neuquén basin in Argentina where it is focused on the delineation of large petroleum in-place shale and unconventional resources in the Vaca Muerta and Lower Agrio shales, in addition to tight sand plays in the Mulichinco and Quintuco. The Company is also developing a conventional oil play in the Sierras Blancas formation. Madalena holds 135,000 net acres on the Coiron Amargo (35,027 net acres), Curamhuele (50,400 net acres) and Cortadera (49,600 net acres) blocks.
Domestically, Madalena's core area of operations is located in the Greater Paddle River area of west-central Alberta where the Company holds approximately 200 gross (>150 net) sections of land (78% average W.I.) encompassing light oil and liquids-rich gas resource plays. Madalena's domestic focus is to exploit its large inventory of horizontal development locations on its Ostracod oil, Notikewin/Wilrich liquids-rich gas, and emerging Nordegg oil & liquids-rich gas resource plays. Madalena also holds more than 100 net sections (100% W.I.) which are prospective for the Duvernay shale.
Madalena trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol MVN. Basic corporate information, recent news releases and regularly updated corporate presentations are available on the Company's website at www.madalena-ventures.com.
Forward Looking Information
The information in this news release contains certain forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future performance, in particular with respect to the Company's reserves and production from its properties. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "approximate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe", "would" and similar expressions. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to operational activities to be conducted by the Company. These statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control, including: the impact of general economic conditions; industry conditions; changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced; fluctuations in commodity prices and foreign exchange and interest rates; stock market volatility and market valuations; volatility in market prices for oil and natural gas; liabilities inherent in oil and natural gas operations; uncertainties associated with estimating oil and natural gas reserves; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions, of reserves, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel; incorrect assessments of the value of acquisitions; changes in income tax laws or changes in tax laws and incentive programs relating to the oil and gas industry; geological, technical, drilling and processing problems and other difficulties in producing petroleum reserves; and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. The Company's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur or, if any of them do, what benefits the Company will derive from them. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and may be based on assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. Investors are encouraged to review and consider the additional risk factors set forth in the Company's Annual Information Form, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Reserves and Other Oil and Gas Disclosure
All calculations converting natural gas to barrels of oil equivalent ("boe") have been made using a conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet (six "Mcf") of natural gas to one barrel of oil, unless otherwise stated. The use of boe may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation, as the conversion ratio of six Mcf of natural gas to one barrel of oil is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. Given that the value ratio based on the current price of crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis may be misleading as an indication of value.
In addition, the following sets out the applicable definition for each of the resource categories as set out in the COGE Handbook, which is referred to in this news release and the Company's April 30, 2013 news release.
|"contingent resources"|| Definition: Those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies.
Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political, and regulatory matters or a lack of markets. It is also appropriate to classify as contingent resources the estimated discovered recoverable quantities associated with a project in the early evaluation stage.
|"Discovered petroleum initially-in-place" or "discovered resources" or "DPIIP"|| Definition: That quantity of petroleum that is estimated, as of a given date, to be contained in known accumulations prior to production.
The recoverable portion of discovered petroleum initially-in-place including production, reserves and contingent resources; the remainder is unrecoverable.
|"Prospective resources"|| Definition: Those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects.
Prospective resources have both an associated chance of discovery and a chance of development.
|"Total petroleum initially-in-place", "total resources" or "TPIIP"|| Definition: That quantity of petroleum that is estimated to exist originally in naturally occurring accumulations; equal to DPIIP plus UPIIP.
It includes that quantity of petroleum that is estimated, as of a given date, to be contained in known accumulations, prior to production, plus those estimated quantities in accumulations yet to be discovered.
|"Undiscovered petroleum initially-in-place", "undiscovered resources" or "UPIIP"|| Definition: That quantity of petroleum that is estimated, on a give date, to be contained in accumulations yet to be discovered.
The recoverable portion of undiscovered petroleum initially-in-place is referred to as prospective resources; the remainder is unrecoverable.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service 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: Madalena Ventures Inc.
For further information:
Kevin Shaw, P.Eng, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Madalena Ventures Inc.
Phone: (403) 262-1901 (Ext. 230)
Thomas Love, CA
VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Madalena Ventures Inc.
Phone: (403) 262-1901 (Ext. 227)