CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2012) - Edge Resources Inc. ("Edge" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:EDE)(AIM:EDG) is pleased to announce that after commencing the first phase of its summer drilling program early, it has successfully drilled, cased and completed two wells in Primate, Saskatchewan, one of which has resulted in the discovery of a new pool. Both wells will commence production testing and pressure buildup analysis simultaneously. Additionally, the Company acquired 100% of the land it posted at a recent Crown land sale; adding 395 net acres of contiguous property to its existing Grand Forks oil asset.
In Primate, the Company had opportunistically secured the drilling rig, which was between wells on a nearby program for another operator, on a short-term window. This allowed the Company to commence drilling earlier than it had planned.
The wells were successfully drilled to the primary target, the McLaren formation, at less than 850 meters, having passed through several other potentially hydrocarbon-bearing sandstones. On-site geological analysis and logs indicate no less than 12 meters of McLaren formation sands were encountered in both wells.
The Company is now equipping the wells for pressure buildup analysis and production. Production testing will commence immediately and will likely require four weeks, but possibly up to three months, before a stabilized production regime can be established, as is normal with all CHOPS ("Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand") wells.
Brad Nichol, President & CEO, commented, "We are very happy with the initial geological results from these wells. We are especially pleased with the well drilled in the eastern section, which was previously given zero value on our reserve report. Our Primate asset continues to represent a wonderful opportunity to increase both oil production (and associated cash flow) and asset value. It was nice to drill the first two wells early and establish production in eastern section before drilling the rest of the program."
The first well was drilled in an eastern section ("Asset East") of the Company's Primate, Saskatchewan property. This section is a non-producing section that immediately offsets a very actively-drilled area. As this section did not contain any producing wells, it was previously allocated zero value in the Company's reserve report and balance sheet. This new pool, described as a mid-Mannville heavy oil accumulation is offsetting a similar, but separate, pool to the east, which is believed to be currently producing over 2,000 bopd (barrels of oil per day).
The second well was drilled into the Company's existing, producing pool and encountered approximately 15 meters of net pay. This was the southernmost location into the existing pool to-date, which helped to further delineate and define a relatively undrilled area of the existing pool. After being perforated, this well was shut-in to commence a multi-day pressure buildup. Production testing will commence after several days of collecting pressure data.
Nichol added, "Given this initial success, we have already commenced a plan to shoot 3D seismic over the sections in Asset East. This will help us delineate this oil pool and assist us in choosing locations for additional wells. We hope to commence a seismic program in Q4 of this year, after the crops are off the fields."
Additionally, the Company acquired 395 net acres of mineral land rights at a crown land sale, which increased the Company's land position in Grand Forks, Alberta, where the next phase of this summer's drilling program is expected to commence.
About Edge Resources Inc.
Edge Resources is focused on developing a balanced portfolio of oil and natural gas assets from properties in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Management has consistently focused on:
- Shallow, vertical, conventional programs with reduced capital, operational and geological risks
- Very high or 100% working interests and fully operated assets
- Pools and horizons with exceptionally high reserves in place
The management team's very high drilling success rate is based on the safe, efficient deployment of capital and a proven ability to efficiently execute in shallow formations, which gives Edge Resources a sustainable, low-cost, competitive advantage.
This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future production, reserve potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and those actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on the Company, Investors should review the Company's registered filings which are available at www.sedar.com.
Barrel ("bbl") of oil equivalent ("boe") amounts may be misleading particularly if used in isolation. All boe conversions in this report are calculated using a conversion of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one equivalent barrel of oil (6 mcf=1 bbl) and is based on an energy conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the well head.
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