Lundin Petroleum AB

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Lundin Petroleum AB

December 20, 2013 02:00 ET

Lundin Petroleum AB: Johan Sverdrup Update

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwired - Dec. 20, 2013) - Lundin Petroleum AB (TSX:LUP)(OMX:LUPE), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), is pleased to announce an update with respect to the progress on the Johan Sverdrup field.

As announced in February 2013 a concept selection was scheduled to be agreed within the partnerships of PL501, PL265 and PL502 (the "partnership") by the end of 2013. The partnership has agreed to extend the process into early 2014 to finalise the concept selection.

Following an extensive appraisal programme over the last two years Statoil Petroleum AS, as the pre-unit operator of Johan Sverdrup, has this morning announced an updated full field gross recoverable contingent resource range of 1,800 - 2,900 million barrels of oil equivalent. The first oil date is estimated to be in late 2019.

In order to facilitate the project's continued progress the partnership is currently working on awarding a FEED contract for the field development thus ensuring that the previously announced timeframe for PDO approval in the first half of 2015 still can be met.

Once the final concept selection decision has been made by the partnership in early 2014 there will be a further announcement outlining the field's development concept including production capacity at plateau, estimated capital costs and likely timing of the different development phases.

The licence owners are as follows:

Company PL501 PL265 PL502
Lundin Norway AS 40% (Operator) 10% -
Statoil Petroleum AS 40% 40% (Operator) 44.44% (Operator)
Petoro AS - 30% 33.33%
Det norske oljeselskap ASA - 20% 22.22%
Maersk Oil Norway AS 20% - -

Lundin Petroleum is a Swedish independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a well balanced portfolio of world-class assets primarily located in Europe and South East Asia. The Company is listed at the NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm (ticker "LUPE") and at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) (Ticker "LUP"). Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 202 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).

This information has been made public in accordance with the Securities Market Act (SFS 2007:528) and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act (SFS 1991:980).

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made and information contained herein constitute "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable securities legislation). Such statements and information (together, "forward-looking statements") relate to future events, including the Company's future performance, business prospects or opportunities. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to estimates of reserves and/or resources, future production levels, future capital expenditures and their allocation to exploration and development activities, future drilling and other exploration and development activities. Ultimate recovery of reserves or resources are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.

All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Statements concerning proven and probable reserves and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements and reflect conclusions that are based on certain assumptions that the reserves and resources can be economically exploited. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe" and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be relied upon. These statements speak only as on the date of the information and the Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties relating to, among other things, operational risks (including exploration and development risks), productions costs, availability of drilling equipment, reliance on key personnel, reserve estimates, health, safety and environmental issues, legal risks and regulatory changes, competition, geopolitical risk, and financial risks. These risks and uncertainties are described in more detail under the heading "Risks and Risk Management" and elsewhere in the Company's annual report. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Reserves and Resources

Unless otherwise stated, Lundin Petroleum's reserve and resource estimates are as at 31 December 2012, and have been prepared and audited in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101") and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGE Handbook")."). Unless otherwise stated, all reserves estimates contained herein are the aggregate of "Proved Reserves" and "Probable Reserves", together also known as "2P Reserves". For further information on reserve and resource classifications, see "Reserves, Resources and Production" in the Company's annual report.

Contingent Resources

Contingent Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political and regulatory matters or a lack of markets. There is no certainty that it will be commercially viable for the Company to produce any portion of the Contingent Resources.

Prospective Resources

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 a chance of discovery and a chance of development. There is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the Prospective Resources. Unless otherwise stated, all Prospective Resource estimates contained herein are reflecting a P50 Prospective Resource estimate. Risked Prospective Resources reported herein are partially risked. They have been risked for chance of discovery, but have not been risked for chance of development.

BOEs

BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf : 1 Bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Contact Information

  • Lundin Petroleum AB
    Maria Hamilton
    Head of Corporate Communications
    +41 22 595 10 00 / +46 8 440 54 50
    Mobile: +41 79 63 53 641
    maria.hamilton@lundin.ch

    Lundin Petroleum AB
    Teitur Poulsen
    VP Corporate Planning & Investor Relations
    +41 22 595 10 00