Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc.

Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc.

June 28, 2011 08:53 ET

Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc.: Ukraine-New Zone Gas Discovery at Olgovskoye-9

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc. (WARSAW:KOV)


  • a secondary target in the Lower Bashkirian reservoir section (the R37 unit) tested at a maximum rate of 1,200 thousand cubic feet per day ("Mcf/d") of gas through a 6mm choke and a stabilized rate of 762Mcf/d through a 5mm choke
  • the successful testing of the R37 unit amounts to a new discovery as no reserves or resources have been previously attributed to the units within the Lower Bashkirian reservoir
  • primary targets in the Middle Bashkirian section of the well are now ready for testing

R37 Reservoir Unit Discovery

The testing of the O-9 well started with a 5.5 metre thick reservoir unit in the Lower Bashkirian reservoir at a depth of approximately 2,560metres(the R37 unit). While the R37 unit was a secondary target, it is interpreted to be present across the Olgovskoye license area. Consequently a successful test has material implications for Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc. (the "Company" or "KOV")as no reserves or resources are currently attributed to this reservoir unit or other similar Lower Bashkirian units within the Olgovskoye license.

A 2 metre section of the R37 unit was perforated and tested over two periods of time. The first test (Test #1) flowed at a rate of 1,200 Mcf/d of gas through a 6mm choke and during Test #2 the R37 unit flowed at a stabilized rate of 762Mcf/d of gas through a 5mm choke. This is the first time that commercial rates of gas have been produced from the Lower Bashkirian reservoir section lying below the main producing horizons of the Olgovskoye field. The Company currently believes that the Lower Bashkirian reservoir section is composed of more than 7 reservoir units running across the Olgovskoye license area. While the Company believes that generally speaking the units in the Lower Bashkirian reservoir will require some form of stimulation to produce commercial rates of gas, it is notable that the R37 unit flowed commercial rates of gas without any form of stimulation and this successful test opens up a potential new resource base for the Company.

The Company's preliminary internal estimate of new Reserves for the R37 unit zone is more than 4 billion cubic feet ("Bcf"). RPS Energy plc, the Company's independent engineering consulting firm, has not assigned any Reserves or Resources to the Lower Bashkirian reservoir section of the Olgovskoye field area in past reports.

Progress of Testing Operations

The Company will now carry on testing of the primary Middle Bashkirian targets which produce elsewhere in the Olgovskoye Field. Testing will proceed shortly and is expected to be completed by the end of July.

The O-9 Well

The O-9 well is located approximately 1.2 kilometres to the northwest of the O-8 well. The O-9 well commenced drilling on March 5th and reached a total depth ("TD") of 2,638metres on April 4, 2011. The well was designed to test gas-bearing reservoirs in the Middle Bashkirian and further develop the gas production capability of the Olgovskoye Field.

The O-9 well was the second new well drilled in the Olgovskoye field since the Company acquired its interest in KUB-Gas in June 2010. It is part of a larger development program on the KUB-Gas assets through 2011. Olgovskoye-8, the first new well drilled, reached a TD of 2,780 metres in early January and encountered numerous gas zones. Testing of the O-8 will commence later in the third quarter after the testing of the O-9 well has been completed.

Dr. Trent Rehill, Vice President Geosciences of KOV stated that "the Company is very pleased with the initial test results of the O-9 well and is excited about the potential for growth in our gas reserves and production from units in the Lower Bashkirian reservoir".

Assets of Kulczyk Oil

Kulczyk Oil is an international upstream oil and gas exploration company with a diversified portfolio of projects in Brunei, Syria and Ukraine and with a risk profile ranging from exploration in Brunei and Syria to production and development in Ukraine.

In Ukraine, KOV owns an effective 70% interest in KUB-Gas LLC. The assets of KUB-Gas consist of 100% interests in five licenses near to the City of Lugansk in the northeast part of Ukraine. Four of the licenses are gas producing.

In Syria, KOV holds a participating interest of 70% in the Syria Block 9 production sharing contract which provides the right to explore for and, upon fulfillment of certain conditions, to produce oil and gas from Block 9, a 10,032 square kilometre (2.48 million acre) area in northwest Syria. The Company has agreements to assign an aggregate of 25% in ownership interests to third parties which are subject to the approval of Syrian authorities, and which, if approved, would leave the Company with a remaining effective interest of 45% in Syria Block 9.

In Brunei, KOV owns working interests in two production sharing agreements which gives the Company the right to explore for and produce oil and natural gas from Block L and Block M. KOV owns a 40% working interest in Block L, a 2,220 square kilometre (550,000 acre) area covering onshore and offshore areas in northern Brunei and a 36% working interest in Block M, a 3,011 square kilometre (744,000 acre) area onshore in southern Brunei.

The main shareholder of the Company, Kulczyk Investments S.A. owns almost 50% of the issued common shares. Kulczyk Investments S.A. is an international investment house founded by Polish businessman Dr. Jan Kulczyk.

For further information, please refer to the Kulczyk Oil website (www.kulczykoil.com).

Translation: This news release has been translated into Polish from the English original.

Forward-looking StatementsThis release contains forward-looking statements made as of the date of this announcement with respect to future activities of KUB-Gas and related to its five license areas (Vergunskoye, Krutogorovskoye, Makeevskoye, Olgovskoye and North Makeevskoye) in Ukraine that are not historical facts. Although the Company believes that its expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof, any potential results suggested by such statements involve risk and uncertainties and no assurance can be given that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Various factors that could impair or prevent the Company from completing the expected activities on its projects include that the Company's projects experience technical and mechanical problems, there are changes in product prices, failure to obtain regulatory approvals, the state of the national or international monetary, oil and gas, financial , political and economic markets in the jurisdictions where the Company operates and other risks not anticipated by the Company or disclosed in the Company's published material. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in this announcement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement, unless required by law.

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