Niko Resources Ltd.
TSX : NKO

Niko Resources Ltd.

April 14, 2011 10:30 ET

Niko Provides Initial Resource Estimates for the First Three Offshore Indonesia Blocks

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2011) - Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX:NKO) is pleased to present prospective resource estimates for the company's Southeast Ganal, North Makassar Strait and West Sageri Blocks located offshore Indonesia. Prospective resources are not reserves. Rather prospective resources are undiscovered resources that indicate exploration opportunities but nothing will be certain until wells are drilled. These estimates were recently prepared by Netherland Sewell Associates Inc. ("NSAI"). Volume and geological risk estimates are as follows:

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Gross Unrisked Undiscovered In-Place Volumes - Within PSC(1)(2)(3)(9)(10)
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                              Oil - MMstb(2)           Free Gas - Bscf(2)
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 PSC                       Low     Best     High      Low     Best     High 
                      Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate
                            (4)      (5)      (6)      (4)      (5)      (6)
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 Southeast Ganal         1,957    5,477   11,448    5,520   15,486   32,418
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North Makassar Strait      228      761    1,684      653    2,216    4,756
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 West Sageri               414    1,196    2,538    1,027    2,943    6,254
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 Arithmetic Sum          2,599    7,434   15,670    7,200   20,645   43,428
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                                                  Oil Equivalent(3) - MMboe
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 PSC                                                  Low     Best     High
                                                 Estimate Estimate Estimate
                                                       (4)      (5)      (6)
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 Southeast Ganal                                    2,877    8,058   16,851
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North Makassar Strait                                 337    1,130    2,477
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 West Sageri                                          585    1,687    3,580
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 Arithmetic Sum                                     3,799   10,875   22,908
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Gross Unrisked Prospective Resources - Within PSC(1)(2)(3)(9)(10)
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                           Oil - MMstb(2)           Condensate - MMstb(2)
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 PSC                       Low     Best     High      Low     Best     High 
                      Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate
                            (4)      (5)      (6)      (4)      (5)      (6)
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Southeast Ganal            196    1,109    3,749       44      279    1,037
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North Makassar Strait       23      152      505        5       40      152
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 West Sageri                41      248      945        0        9      100
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 Arithmetic Sum            260    1,509    5,199       49      328    1,289
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                          Separator Gas - Bscf(2)  Oil Equivalent - MMstb(2)
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 PSC                       Low     Best     High      Low     Best     High 
                      Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate Estimate
                            (4)      (5)      (6)      (4)      (5)      (6)
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Southeast Ganal          2,164    9,013   24,897      600    2,890    8,935
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North Makassar Strait      256    1,290    3,653       71      407    1,266
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 West Sageri               410    1,757    4,903      110      549    1,862
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 Arithmetic Sum          2,830   12,060   33,453      781    3,846   12,063 
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PSC                                  No. of        Risk Factors(7)(8) (Pg)
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                                               Lowest   Highest
                                              Value(8)  Value(8) Midpoint(8)
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Southeast Ganal                          11        12%       15%         14%
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North Makassar Strait                     1        21%       21%         21%
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West Sageri                               5        16%       29%         23%
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The independent assessment prepared by NSAI reaffirms management's estimates of the significant reserve potential on the first three Blocks. In upcoming months, the company intends to provide independent resources reports for its 13 other Blocks in Indonesia.

Niko is entering an exciting phase as planning of several exploration wells is underway.

Notes:

1. These are the gross volumes estimated for the Blocks, without any adjustments for working interest or encumbrances. Niko holds a 100% interest in the Southeast Ganal and West Sageri Blocks and a 50% interest in the North Makassar Strait Block. A Production Sharing Contract (PSC) between Niko and the Indonesian Government executed for each Block gives Niko the right to explore for hydrocarbons. if a commercial discovery is made, Niko has the right to develop and produce from the Block containing the discovery.

2. There is uncertainty about the hydrocarbon phase that might be encountered in the prospects within the three PSCs. If a discovery is made, the volumes could consist entirely of gas or of oil or any combination of gas and oil. Volume calculations made by NSAI were based on a 50 percent probability that each prospect in the PSCs contains oil in the reservoir and a 50 percent probability that the prospect contains free gas in the reservoir. Thus, to determine volume ranges on Niko's PSCs in the case of a gas "only" discovery, NSAI's gas and condensate volume estimates should be multiplied by two and no oil volume included to estimate 100 percent gas in-place volumes or prospective resources. The opposite should be done in the case of an oil "only" discovery on Niko's PSCs, NSAI's oil volume estimate should be multiplied by two and no gas or condensate volumes should be included for the 100 percent oil case. Separator Gas includes the effect of shrinkage resulting from condensate dropout at surface temperature and pressure.

3. Conversion of gas volume to liquid volume was six to one, or 6 Mscf = 1 boe, based on standard British Thermal Unit (BTU) heating values of gas and oil.

4. There is a 90-percent chance that the Low Estimate for petroleum initially in-place or prospective resources will be equalled or exceeded.

5. There is a 50-percent chance that the Best Estimate for petroleum initially in-place or prospective resources will be greater or less than the best estimate.

6. There is a 10-percent chance that the High Estimate for petroleum initially in-place or prospective resources will be equalled or exceeded.

7. Risk Factor (Pg) means the geological chance or probability of discovering hydrocarbons in sufficient quantity for them to be tested to surface.

8. NSAI assessed Pg for each prospect identified within each PSC. The Lowest Value means the lowest Pg value assigned to a prospect within the PSC by NSAI. The Highest Value means the highest Pg value assigned to a prospect within the PSC by NSAI. The Midpoint was calculated and posted in the table by Niko and is the mean of Lowest and Highest estimates. The Midpoint does not represent the average chance of discovering hydrocarbons within the PSC.

9. The above quantities have not been adjusted for geological risk (chance of discovery).

10. The resource estimates were prepared in accordance NI 51-101 and the COGE Handbook.

Prospective resources are those resources 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. The chance of commerciality is the product of these two risk components. There is no certainty that any portion of the prospective resources will be discovered. If a discovery is made, there is no certainty that it will be developed or, if it is developed, there is no certainty as to the timing of such development or that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the prospective resources.

Prospective oil and gas resources are undiscovered resources that indicate exploration opportunities and development potential in the event a commercial discovery is made and should not be construed as reserves or contingent (discovered) resources.

April 13, 2011

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements. Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to management's approach to operations, estimates of future sales, production and deliveries, business plans for drilling and development, estimated amounts and timing of capital expenditures, anticipated operating costs, royalty rates, cash flows, transportation plans and capacity, anticipated access to infrastructure or other expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about future events or performance. The reader is cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable by Niko at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Actual results achieved during the forecast period will vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; fluctuations in oil and gas prices; the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to productions, costs and expenses; uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the imprecision in reserve estimates; risks associated with oil and gas operations, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits; the weather in the Company's area of operations; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; changes in environmental and other regulations; actions by governmental authorities including changes in laws and increases in taxes; decisions or approvals of administrative tribunals; risks in conducting foreign operations (for example, political and fiscal instability or the possibility of civil unrest or military action in countries such as India and Bangladesh); the effect of acts of, or actions against international terrorism; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Niko. There is no representation by Niko that the actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as those forecast.

Contact Information

  • Niko Resources Ltd.
    Edward S. Sampson
    Chairman of the Board, President & CEO
    (403) 262-1020

    Niko Resources Ltd.
    Murray Hesje
    VP Finance & CFO
    (403) 262-1020
    www.nikoresources.com