Petro-Reef Resources Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : PER

Petro-Reef Resources Ltd.

November 24, 2011 19:45 ET

Petro-Reef Resources Ltd. Announces a Production Increase of 181 Boe/Day and a Reserves Increase of 12%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2011) - Petro-Reef Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:PER), ("Petro-Reef" or the "Company") is pleased to announce a production increase of 181 BOE/day and a 12% increase in proved plus probable reserves.

Petro-Reef has tied in its Alexander 09-12-56-27W4 step-out well producing from the Detrital oil zone. The well came on stream on October 26, 2011, and during the first 19 days on production the well has flowed at an average rate of 193 BOE/day (181 BOE/day net) - 151 bbl/day (142 bbl/day net) of oil and 247 mcf/day (232 mcf/day net) of natural gas. Petro-Reef has a 94% working interest in the 9-12 well.

The Company believes that this step-out well in Section 12 confirms that the Detrital oil trend extends west from Section 7 where Petro-Reef has three wells producing from the same zone. The Company has completed the reprocessing of 35 sections of 3-D seismic data on its Alexander lands which has been incorporated into the October 1, 2011 independent reserves evaluation, prepared by McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. ("McDaniel") (the "McDaniel Update Report"). Four additional Detrital development locations have been included in the McDaniel Update Report.

Petro-Reef's gross proved plus probable reserves at October 1, 2011 indicated an increase of 12% to 1,771,150 BOE from 1,580,000 BOE at December 31, 2010, after extensions, technical revisions, discoveries, acquisitions, economic factors, and production. After considering the production for the period January 1 to September 30, 2011 of 180,300 BOE, the 2011 reserve additions totalled 371,450 BOE which represents an increase of 24% over the 2010 year end reserves.

Using a 10% net present value ("NPV"), the value of proved plus probable reserves at forecast prices and costs (before income taxes) was unchanged at $34,735,200 as compared with proved plus probable reserves of $34,741,400 as at December 31, 2010.

Petro-Reef's gross proved, probable plus possible reserves at October 1, 2011 totaled 2,623,050 BOE. Using a 10% NPV, the value of proved, probable plus possible reserves at forecast prices and costs (before income taxes) totaled $56,281,100. The possible reserves include four potential development locations targeting the Detrital zone offsetting the Company's recent 09-12-56-27W4 well.

Only extensions to the existing producing zones were included in the possible reserves. The resource plays in the Nordegg at Goose River and the Wabamum and other plays identified by the seismic reprocessing at Alexander were not included in the evaluation.

Proved plus probable reserves were comprised of 47% natural gas and 53% crude oil and natural gas liquids (December 31, 2010 - 54% natural gas and 46% crude oil and natural gas liquids).

Of the total proved plus probable reserves reported (using forecast prices) Petro-Reef's reserves are 54% proved and 46% probable.

Based on proved plus probable reserves and production volumes, Petro-Reef's reserve life index was 7.0 years (41.1 years remaining life) on a proved plus probable basis at October 1, 2011 compared with 4.2 years (39.8 years remaining life) at the end of 2010.

Summary of Oil and Gas Reserves - Forecast Prices and Costs

The table below provides a summary of the oil and natural gas reserves attributable to Petro-Reef as at October 1, 2011. As the tables below summarize the data contained in the McDaniel Update Report, they may contain slightly different numbers than those contained in the original report due to rounding. Also due to rounding, certain columns may not add exactly.

Light / Medium Oil Natural Gas BOE
Gross Net Gross Net Gross Net
(Mbbl) (Mbbl) (MMcf) (MMcf) (MBOE) (MBOE)
Reserves Category
Proved
Developed Producing 125.4 112.1 2,397.7 2,056.5 525.0 454.8
Developed Non-Producing 256.4 212.3 607.8 528.0 357.7 300.3
Undeveloped 74.2 65.5 157.2 140.7 100.4 89.0
Total Proved 456.0 389.9 3,162.7 2,725.2 983.1 844.1
Probable 483.3 397.1 1,828.4 1,593.1 788.0 662.6
Total Proved & Probable 939.3 787.0 4,991.1 4,318.3 1,771.1 1,506.7
Possible 595.7 511.2 1,537.2 1,341.6 851.9 734.8
Total Proved, Probable & Possible 1,535.0 1,298.2 6,528.3 5,659.9 2,623.0 2,241.5

Notes:

  1. "Mbbl" means thousands of barrels
  2. "MMcf" means million cubic feet
  3. "MBOE" means thousands of barrels of oil equivalent

Summary of Net Present Values of Future Net Revenue as of October 1, 2011 Forecast Prices and Costs

Before Income Taxes After Income Taxes Before tax
Discounted at (% / Year) Discounted at (% / Year) Net Value
0 5 10 15 20 0 5 10 15 20 10%/yr
(M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) (M$) ($/boe)
Reserves Category
Proved
Developed Producing 6,691 6,281 5,920 5,600 5,316 6,691 6,281 5,920 5,600 5,316 11.24
Developed non-producing 14,146 12,741 11,666 10,812 10,112 14,146 12,741 11,666 10,812 10,112 32.62
Undeveloped 2,485 2,243 2,035 1,855 1,698 2,485 2,243 2,035 1,855 1,698 20.27
Total Proved 23,322 21,265 19,621 18,267 17,126 23,322 21,265 19,621 18,267 17,126 19.93
Probable 26,501 19,274 15,114 12,470 10,646 22,238 16,054 12,502 10,257 8,719 19.17
Total Proved & Probable 49,823 40,539 34,735 30,737 27,772 45,560 37,319 32,123 28,524 25,845 19.59
Possible 32,858 25,995 21,546 18,415 16,080 24,702 19,465 16,070 13,679 11,895 25.27
Total Proved, Probable & Possible 82,681 66,534 56,281 49,152 43,852 70,262 56,784 48,193 42,203 37,740 21.43

Notes:

  1. NPV of future net revenue includes all resource income including, sale of oil, gas, by-product reserves, processing third party reserves, and other income.
  2. Income taxes include all resource income and prior tax pools.
  3. Unit values are based on net reserves volumes.
  4. All of the Company's reserves are located in Canada.
  5. The estimated values disclosed in the McDaniel Update Report do not necessarily represent fair market value.

Reconciliation of Changes in Reserves - Proved plus Probable Reserves

The reserves reconciliation reflects current proved, probable, and proved plus probable reserves.

Light / Medium Oil Natural Gas BOE




Factors


Gross Proved (Mbbl)


Gross Probable (Mbbl)
Gross Proved Plus Probable (Mbbl)

Gross Proved (MMcf)


Gross Probable (MMcf)
Gross Proved Plus Probable (MMcf)

Gross Proved (MBOE)


Gross Probable (MBOE)
Gross Proved Plus Probable (MBOE)
December 31, 2010 372.8 330.1 702.9 3,467.2 1,794.6 5,261.8 950.7 629.2 1,579.9
Extensions 108.4 272.6 381.0 180.1 619.3 799.4 138.4 375.9 514.3
Technical Revisions 32.0 (119.5 ) (87.5 ) 254.3 (585.1 ) (330.8 ) 74.2 (217.0 ) (142.8 )
Production (57.1 ) - (57.1 ) (738.9 ) (0.4 ) (739.3 ) (180.2 ) (0.1 ) (180.3 )
October 1, 2011 456.1 483.2 939.3 3,162.7 1,828.4 4,991.1 983.1 788.0 1,771.1

Notes:

  1. Gross reserves means the Company's working interest reserves before calculation of royalties, and before consideration of the Company's royalty interests.
  2. All of the Company's reserves are located in Canada.
  3. There were no changes to discoveries, acquisitions, dispositions and economic factors in the McDaniel Update Report

Forecast Prices Used in Estimates

McDaniel employed the following pricing, exchange rate and inflation rate assumptions in estimating Petro-Reef reserve data as of October 1, 2011:

Year WTI Crude Oil
($US /bbl)
Edmonton Par Price 40º API
($Cdn/bbl)
Cromer Medium 29.3º API
($Cdn/bbl)
Natural Gas AECO Gas Prices
($Cdn/MMBtu)
Edmonton Condensate
($Cdn/bbl)
Edmonton Butane
($Cdn/bbl)
Inflation Rate
(%/Yr)
Exchange Rate
($US /$Cdn)
Historical
2005 56.56 68.72 57.47 8.58 69.63 52.58 2.1 0.83
2006 66.23 72.80 61.25 7.16 75.06 60.10 2.2 0.88
2007 72.30 76.35 65.40 6.65 77.36 63.75 2.0 0.94
2008 99.60 102.20 93.20 8.15 104.75 75.25 2.4 0.94
2009 61.80 65.90 62.80 4.20 68.15 49.25 2.0 0.88
2010 79.50 77.50 73.80 4.15 84.25 66.05 2.0 0.97
2011(9 mths) 95.45 94.35 87.90 3.80 101.90 73.05 2.0 1.02
Forecast
2011(3 mths) 85.00 86.20 79.20 3.80 90.20 69.50 2.0 0.98
2012 91.80 93.10 85.60 4.30 95.10 75.00 2.0 0.98
2013 93.60 95.00 87.30 4.75 97.10 76.60 2.0 0.98
2014 95.50 96.90 89.10 5.25 99.00 78.10 2.0 0.98
2015 97.40 98.80 90.80 5.75 101.00 79.60 2.0 0.98
Thereafter 2.0% Escalation Rates

Notes:

  1. Inflation rates for forecasting prices and costs.
  2. Exchange rates used to generate the benchmark reference prices in this table.
  3. Product sale prices will reflect these reference prices with further adjustments for quality and transportation to point of sale.
  4. Forecast prices and costs as supplied by our independent and qualified reserves evaluator, McDaniel.

The McDaniel Update Report, effective October 1, 2011, was prepared in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities and the COGE handbook, and is dated November 21, 2011.

Estimates are prepared such that there is a 90% probability that at least the estimated proved reserves will be recovered and a 50% probability that at least the sum of the estimated proved reserves plus probable reserves will be recovered. Possible reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than probable reserves. There is a 10% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the sum of the estimated proved plus probable plus possible reserves.

About Petro-Reef Resources Ltd.

Petro-Reef Resources Ltd. is a Calgary-based crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company with producing properties in Alberta, Canada.

Additional information about the Company is available under Petro-Reef's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

BOE Reference

Reference is made to barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE"). BOE may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. In accordance with National Instrument 51-101, a BOE conversion ratio of six mcf of natural gas to one bbl of oil has been used, which is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking information"). The use of the words "potential", "estimate" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this press release contains forward-looking information pertaining to potential Detrital development locations and reserve life index. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking information throughout this press release.

Forward-looking information is based upon the opinions and expectations of management of Petro-Reef as at the effective date of such information. The forward-looking information contained in press release reflects several material factors and expectations and assumptions of Petro-Reef including, without limitation: the accuracy of current production data; historical well production; reservoir conditions on the Company's Alexander lands; the accuracy of the estimates of Petro-Reef's reserves volumes; and certain commodity pricing and other cost assumptions.

Petro-Reef believes the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable at this time but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct. The forward-looking information included in this press release is not a guarantee of future performance and should not be unduly relied upon. Such information involves 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 information including, without limitation: the impact of general economic and industry conditions; fluctuation of commodity prices; fluctuation of foreign exchange rates; environmental risks; industry competition; availability of qualified personnel and management; availability of materials, equipment and third party services; stock market volatility; timely and cost effective access to sufficient capital from internal and external sources; unanticipated operating results or production declines; changes in tax or environmental laws or royalty rates; inaccurate estimation of Petro-Reef's oil and gas reserves volumes; for reasons currently unforeseen, the current development locations identified by the Company may prove to be unsuitable or unavailable; and certain other risks detailed from time to time in Petro-Reef's public disclosure documents including, without limitation, those risks identified in this press release, which are available under Petro-Reef's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

The forward-looking information contained in this press release speaks only as of the date of this press release, and Petro-Reef does not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking information to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required pursuant to applicable laws. The forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Petro-Reef Resources Ltd.
    Hugh M. Thomson
    Vice-President Finance & CFO
    (403) 523-2505
    (403) 264-1348 (FAX)
    info@petro-reef.ca
    www.petro-reef.ca

    Petro-Reef Resources Ltd.
    970, 10655 Southport Road S.W.
    Calgary, Alberta T2W 4Y1