CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 16, 2014) - Condor Petroleum Inc. ("Condor" or the "Company") (TSX:CPI) is pleased to announce the receipt of Kazakhstan Antimonopoly Agency approval for the sale of Condor's 66% interest in the Marsel Territory for US$88 million (the "Marsel Transaction"). All conditions for completion have now been satisfied and the Marsel Transaction is expected to close by the end of January, 2014.
The Company plans to use a portion of the Marsel Transaction proceeds for exploration, appraisal and development activities at the Zharkamys West 1 Territory during 2014. Expected activities include drilling three development wells and the construction of production facilities at Shoba, drilling three shallow exploration wells, each less than 2,000 meters in depth and targeting a total of 20 mmbbls of Prospective Resources, drilling a deeper primary basin well to a depth of 4,600 meters and targeting 50 mmboe Prospective Resources, and continued appraisal of the KN-E discovery. The expected cost of these activities is $34 million.
About Condor Petroleum Inc.
Condor is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kazakhstan. Condor holds a 100% interest in the exploration rights to the 3,777 km2 Zharkamys West 1 Territory, located in Kazakhstan's Pre-Caspian basin and a 66% interest in Marsel Petroleum LLP which has the exploration rights to the 18,500 km2 Marsel Territory, located in Kazakhstan's Chu-Sarysu basin. The Company is listed on the TSX under the symbol "CPI".
This news release includes information pertaining to internal Condor generated estimates of Company resources effective February 8, 2013, which were prepared by a qualified reserves evaluator in accordance with National Instrument 51-101.
Statements relating to resources are deemed to be forward looking statements, as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the resources described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated. The resource estimates of Condor's properties described herein are estimates only. The actual resources may be greater or less than those calculated. Estimates with respect to resources that may be developed and produced in the future are often based upon volumetric calculations, probabilistic methods and analogy to similar types of resources, rather than upon actual production history. Estimates based on these methods generally are less reliable than those based on actual production history. Subsequent evaluation of the same resources based upon production history will result in variations, which may be material, in the estimated resources.
Prospective Resources disclosed herein 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 (geological chance of success) and a chance of development (economic, regulatory, market and facility, corporate commitment or political risks). The chance of commerciality is the product of these two risk components. These estimates have not been risked for either chance of discovery or chance of development. There is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered and, if discovered, there is no certainty that it will be developed or, if it is developed, there is no certainty as to either the timing of such development or whether it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources. Unless otherwise stated, any reference to Prospective Resources refers to Gross, Mean Recoverable, Prospective Resources (Unrisked).
All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Such statements are generally identifiable by the terminology used, such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "expect", "plan", "estimate", "continue", "project", "predict", "budget", "outlook", "may", "will", "should", "could", "would" or other similar wording. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to the anticipated completion of and the expected timing for closing of the Marsel Transaction; the expectations, timing and commencement of the exploration, appraisal and development activities; expected costs and the flexibility of exploration, appraisal, and development plans. Forward-looking statements involve the use of certain assumptions that may not materialize or that may not be accurate and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such information. Such factors and assumptions include, among other things, risks that the Marsel Transaction will not be completed in a timely fashion. Condor's operations are also subject to certain other risks and uncertainties including, the effects of weather and climate conditions, fluctuation in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, the availability of suppliers and their ability to meet commitments, risks inherent with oil and gas operations, both domestic and international. These factors are discussed in greater detail under Risk Factors - Risks Relating to the Company in Condor's Annual Information Form for the year-ended December 31, 2012. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or to revise any of the forward looking information, except as required by applicable law.