CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2012) - PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (the "Company" or "PetroBakken") (TSX:PBN) is pleased to announce recent exploration developments with respect to the highly prospective Beaverhill Lake formation in the Swan Hills area, which we have targeted as one of our key new resource growth areas. Recent farm-in agreements with Arcan Resources Ltd. ("Arcan") has enabled us to secure up to 21.5 (11.25 net) sections of land within the prospective areas of the play by drilling 5 commitment wells and 2 option wells. Upon completion of these farm-in wells and combined with our existing acreage, we will have 90.5 (78 net) sections of land in this play with more than 175 potential net drilling locations identified.
To date, we have drilled 1 well and participated in 1 (0.5 net) farm-in well, and we are currently drilling 2 additional net wells targeting light oil in the Swan Hills area. We plan to be an active driller in the area with current plans to drill between 5 and 7 additional wells targeting the Beaverhill Lake formation by the end of the first quarter of 2013.
We are also pleased to announce that we have acquired 7,055,500 common shares of Arcan at an average price of $0.89 per share. These shares, which represent 7.2% of the issued and outstanding shares of Arcan, were acquired through the facilities of the CNSX Pure Trading exchange. As a result of this acquisition, PetroBakken now owns 16,605,900 common shares of Arcan, representing approximately 17% of the total issued and outstanding common shares of Arcan as of the date hereof, on a non-diluted basis.
An Early Warning Report detailing this ownership position will be filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Review ("SEDAR") and can be viewed at www.sedar.com.
PetroBakken acquired the Arcan shares for investment purposes only. The investments will be reviewed on a continual basis, and our holdings may be increased or decreased in the future, depending upon economic or market conditions or matters relating to Arcan.
PetroBakken Energy Ltd. is an oil and gas exploration and production company combining light oil Bakken and Cardium resource plays with conventional light oil assets, delivering industry leading operating netbacks, strong cash flows and production growth. PetroBakken is applying leading edge technology to a multi-year inventory of Bakken and Cardium light oil development locations, along with a significant inventory of opportunities in the Horn River and Montney gas resource plays in northeast BC. Our strategy is to deliver accretive production and reserves growth, along with an attractive dividend yield.
Forward Looking Statements. Certain information provided in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements. Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to future drilling activities, the earning of lands under farm-in agreements, potential drilling locations, anticipated capital costs of certain projects and potential changes to our investment in Arcan. The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions, including expectations and assumptions concerning the availability of capital, the success of future drilling, completion, recompletion and development activities, the performance of new and existing wells, prevailing commodity prices and economic conditions, the availability and cost of labour and services, weather and access to drilling locations and the geological nature of the formations targeted. Although we believe that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because we can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general (e.g., operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, reliance on industry partners, availability of equipment and personnel, uncertainty surrounding timing for drilling and completion activities resulting from weather and other factors, changes in applicable regulatory regimes and health, safety and environmental risks), commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations and general economic conditions. Certain of these risks are set out in more detail in our Annual Information Form which has been filed on SEDAR and can be accessed at www.sedar.com. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, PetroBakken assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Natural gas volumes have been converted to barrels of oil equivalent ("boe"). Six thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") of natural gas is equal to one barrel of oil equivalent based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily attributable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. Boes may be misleading, especially if used in isolation.
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