CALGARY, Oct. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SLG) ("Sterling" or "the Company") is providing an update regarding the anticipated commencement of first production from the Breagh field, as well as positive information regarding recent drilling activities.
Sterling has been advised that the date for first gas sales from the Breagh field is now not expected until around the end of March 2013. This follows the latest review of design work, construction progress and commissioning activities at the onshore receiving terminal, the Teesside Gas Processing Plant (TGPP).
The additional delay in the completion of construction is a result of a number of factors including late design completion, rework of certain systems and late material deliveries. After full completion of this work, final commissioning activities are scheduled to take approximately six weeks. Estimated Phase 1 development costs are now reported by the Operator to have risen to £632 million (100 percent project cost), an increase of 1.4 percent over the cost estimate of £623 million provided in the Company's financial statements for the second quarter of 2012. This increase cost has resulted from a revised cost of additional rock-dumping required on the offshore pipeline, and costs to complete the TGPP modifications and onshore pipeline installation.
The third Phase 1 development well (A-03), which is the first to be newly drilled from the Alpha platform, has now been drilled to a location at a horizontal displacement of 2,300 metres to the north of the platform. Preliminary analysis of the main reservoir has again exceeded expectations, with circa 99 vertical feet of net pay in Zone 1, an increase of 33 percent over the expected thickness. This result, alongside the previously announced positive results with the first 2 wells, A-01 and A-02 (both of which encountered a materially thicker than expected gas-bearing reservoir section), is very encouraging. These first three wells are planned to be flow-tested in November. At commencement of production to the onshore facilities it is expected that four wells will be on-stream.
Commenting on this news, Mike Azancot, Sterling's CEO stated, "We are extremely frustrated and highly disappointed in the further delay to Breagh first gas production. The planning and implementation of activities at the TGPP and the project cost overruns are a source of major concern for us. We will continue to do all that we can as a non-operating partner in the joint venture to ameliorate unacceptable outcomes on this critical part of the project." Mr. Azancot added, "The excellent results from the first new drill in the reservoir underline the fundamental strength of the Breagh field."
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