CALGARY, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Richards Oil & Gas Limited (the "Company"), (TSX
Venture: RIX) has prepared an estimate of the potential effect on cash flow of
the announced Alberta royalty rate changes.
Based on an interpretation of publicly available information the Company
estimates an approximate 10 per cent increase in cash flow from current
production (based on a benchmark constant price of AECO $6.00 (Canadian) per
thousand cubic feet (mcf) as the crown royalty rate for lower productivity
wells (50 to 150 mcf per day) will be reduced to 5% from 12% at natural gas
prices below $7.38 per mcf. The announced changes are to come into effect
January 1, 2009.
In the Alberta Royalty Announcement the Government did not outline a
specific new royalty framework for Coal Bed Methane ("CBM"), but it was stated
that CBM was the future of gas production in the province. It is anticipated
that additional details on a CBM royalty framework will be released in the
coming months that will specify royalty rates for horizontal CBM wells.
Richards Oil & Gas Limited (www.richardsoilandgas.com) is a Calgary-based
exploration company, involved in the development of crude oil and natural gas,
with an emphasis on the exploitation of coal bed methane (CBM). With a
significant land base and industry-leading experience in the development of
CBM projects, the Company is at the forefront of the CBM industry in Western
Canada. The Company is able to capitalize on opportunities that create both
short-term cash flow and long-term value for its shareholders.
Coalbed Methane (CBM) or Natural Gas from Coal (NGC) is technically
defined as gas produced naturally by coalification, and found within coal
natural gas reservoirs consisting predominately of methane, with smaller
amounts of higher hydrocarbons, water vapor, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or
other non-hydrocarbons. The majority of gas is usually physically sorbed
within the microporosity and mesoporosity within the organic matrix. The
Company's management has extensive experience in the development of CBM
projects, which it is using to exploit the Company's land base and to add and
sustain significant value for its shareholders.
BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE
conversion ratio of 6 Mcf: 1bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion
method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value
equivalency at the wellhead.
Statements in this news release contain forward-looking information
including expectations of future production, procurement of drilling permits,
plans for and results of exploration and development activities and other
operational developments. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the
preparation of such information may prove to be incorrect. 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. These
risks include, but are not limited to; the risks associated with the oil and
gas industry, commodity prices, and exchange rate changes. Industry related
risks include, but are not limited to; operational risks in exploration,
development and production, availability of skilled personnel and services,
failure to obtain industry partner, regulatory and other third party consents
and approvals, delays or changes in plans, risks associated with the
uncertainty of reserve estimates, health and safety risks and the uncertainty
of estimates and projections of reserves, production, costs and expenses. The
reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking
information. The forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to
change. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company assumes
no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements should
circumstances or management's opinions or estimates change.
The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
For further information:
For further information: Brad Turner, President & CEO, Richards Oil &
Gas Limited, Tel: (403) 265-8444, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Lonn
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