Ryder Scott Reports Unrisked Prospective Resource Best Estimates of 19 Billion Barrels of Oil and 64 Trillion Cubic Feet of Gas in Australian Beetaloo Basin Property Company Moves to Re-enter Basin's Shenandoah 1 Well
DENVER, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSXV: FO) ("Falcon" or the "Company"), a global energy company focused on acquiring, exploring and developing large acreage positions of unconventional and conventional oil and gas resources, today announced the results of the recently completed Ryder Scott Company-Canada Resource Analysis Report ("Report") on the Company's Beetaloo Basin Project in the Northern Territory (NT), of Australia as of July 1, 2009.
Based on all available data, Ryder Scott has prepared an evaluation of the hydrocarbon resource potential pertaining to Falcon's interests in the Beetaloo Basin which consist of four Exploration Permits comprising approximately 28,200 square kilometres (7 million gross acres), covering the majority of the Beetaloo Basin and basin margin highs. Through its wholly owned Australian subsidiary, Falcon Oil & Gas Australia Pty Ltd, the Company owns an undivided 75 percent working interest in the Permits, and is the operator of the Permits.
The Report on the hydrocarbon resource potential of the Beetaloo Basin describes a possible distribution of the unrisked prospective (recoverable) portion of unrisked "Undiscovered in-place Resources," as defined by the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (COGEH) and does not represent an estimate of reserves or contingent resources. The Report has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian standards set out in the COGEH and is compliant with National Instrument 51-101 "Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities."
Ryder Scott evaluates oil and gas properties and independently certifies petroleum reserve and resource quantities in the U.S., Canada and internationally. Founded in 1937, Ryder Scott is one of the largest, oldest and most respected reservoir-evaluation consulting firms in the industry. Their resource evaluation of the Beetaloo Basin is as follows:
Table 9: Total Undiscovered and Prospective (Recoverable) Oil Resources in the Beetaloo Basin, Australia Unrisked Unrisked Prospective Undiscovered (Recoverable) Reservoir Oil-In-Place Oil Resources (Bstb) (Bstb) Low Best High Low Best High Hayfield 0.049 0.088 0.148 0.005 0.010 0.018 Jamison 8.220 11.920 16.402 0.800 1.337 2.153 Conventional Subtotal 8.269 12.008 16.550 0.805 1.347 2.171 Upper Kyalla Shale Oil 127.4 180.9 256.0 11.3 17.8 27.4 Shale Oil Subtotal 127.4 180.9 256.0 11.3 17.8 27.4 Total Oil Resource Within The Beetaloo Basin 135.67 192.91 272.55 12.11 19.15 29.57 Table 10: Total Undiscovered and Prospective (Recoverable) Gas Resources in the Beetaloo Basin, Australia Unrisked Unrisked Prospective Undiscovered (Recoverable) Reservoir Gas-In-Place Gas Resources (Tscf) (Tscf) Low Best High Low Best High Hayfield (Associated Solution) 0.013 0.025 0.046 0.002 0.004 0.009 Jamison (Associated Solution) 2.041 3.330 5.349 0.313 0.585 1.066 Moroak 0.800 1.437 2.346 0.607 1.048 1.731 Conventional Subtotal 2.85 4.79 7.74 0.92 1.64 2.81 Moroak BCGA 21.00 29.61 40.85 3.18 4.85 7.23 Bessie Creek BCGA 159.4 210.0 275.0 23.8 34.4 49.4 BCGA Subtotal 180.39 239.58 315.81 27.02 39.28 56.64 Lower Kyalla Shale Gas 12.70 15.80 19.20 1.90 2.60 3.50 Middle Velkerrie Shale Gas 94.6 125.1 160.4 14.2 20.4 29.0 Shale Gas Subtotal 107.3 140.9 179.6 16.1 23.0 32.5 Total Gas Resource Within The Beetaloo Basin 290.54 385.27 503.16 44.05 63.91 91.94
Tables 9 and 10 from the July 1, 2009 Ryder Scott Report. For a definition of "Low" "Best" and "High," see Section 5 of the Report titled "Definitions of Resources and Reserves," item 5.3.5 titled "Uncertainty Category." The total oil and gas resource is an arithmetic summation of the multiple estimates of the individual reservoir resources. Under Section 5.2 of COGEH: Undiscovered Petroleum Initially-In-Place (equivalent to undiscovered resources) is that quantity of petroleum that is estimated, on a given date, to be contained in accumulations yet to be discovered. Prospective Resources are 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. There is no certainty that any portion of the undiscovered resources will be discovered and that, if discovered, it may not be economically viable or technically feasible to produce any of the resources
Commenting on the Report and the status of operations on Shenandoah #1 well, Marc Bruner, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Oil and Gas, stated, "We are extremely pleased with the general parameters of the Ryder Scott Report. As we continue to evaluate our data and test our theories regarding the potential of significant hydrocarbon deposits that we believe to be in place in the Beetaloo Basin, the Report helps us to formulate strategic go-forward plans for the region that are in line with the overall goals of our organization. We have entered into a series of service contracts and commenced operations to re-enter, deepen, and test the Shenandoah #1 well in the Basin, which was originally drilled in 2007. With the combination of our own data analysis, the findings of the Report, and the shear magnitude and size of our exploration permits, it is likely that we will seek a partner in this endeavour. The Shenandoah well is the first step in Falcon taking a careful and structured approach to further exploration and development of this resource."
About Ryder Scott
Ryder Scott evaluates oil and gas properties and independently certifies petroleum reserves quantities in the U.S. and internationally. The firm performs several hundred consulting studies per year for a variety of clients. The firm has earned worldwide recognition for reliably predicting the performance of complex oil and gas reservoirs in all major petroleum provinces. With approximately 90 professional petroleum engineers and geoscientists, the firm conducts reserve and resource evaluations, geoscience/geology studies, field development and EOR design, reservoir simulation, economic analysis, management consulting and expert witness testimony. The Houston-based firm has branch offices in Calgary and Denver.
Ryder Scott, by far, is the most widely used consulting firm for preparing annual petroleum reserves certifications for filers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to research firm John S. Herold. Ryder Scott also serves clients listed on the London, Toronto, Hong Kong, Australian, and other stock exchanges.
The firm issues reserves certifications considered to be highly reliable by banks and private investment groups. Major banking institutions establish reserves-based loan amounts, monitor credit lines and determine guarantees based on report values. The report also serves as a resource in screening and due-diligence reviews of acquisitions, divestitures and mergers.
About Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
Falcon Oil and Gas Ltd. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, incorporated in British Columbia, Canada, and trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "FO." The company specializes in the business of conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and production and holds interests in prospective properties in Hungary, Romania, and Australia. The company is focused on discovering, acquiring, and maturing a globally diversified portfolio of drilling opportunities with a goal of maximizing shareholder value through strategic relationships. Additional information concerning Falcon Oil and Gas is available at www.falconoilandgas.com. Investor inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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