Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

April 20, 2012 09:00 ET

Petrobank Provides Kerrobert Operational Update and Announces Updated Investor Presentation

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2012) - Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. (TSX:PBG) is pleased to provide a production update for our Kerrobert project. In early March, we reported that January and February 2012 production averaged 155 barrels of oil per day ("bopd"). March 2012 production averaged 264 bopd and Q1 2012 production averaged 193 bopd. These production volumes represent actual sale volumes for each period reported. Petrobank has updated our corporate presentation with additional production information and a copy is now available at

Production continues to improve and, based on field estimates, April production to-date is trending higher than previous months. Recent production continues to average 13 to 14 degrees API, providing evidence that upgraded THAI® oil is being produced.

Since the full Kerrobert field was placed on production in September 2011, we have maintained a consistent and patient operating philosophy to rateably increase sustained production of upgraded THAI® oil. This philosophy includes managing air injection rates in order to gradually build out the combustion front and optimizing the type, configuration and placement of the production pumps to extend their useful life and reduce downtime and maintenance costs. Our optimization strategy also includes reducing downtime of our surface facilities.

Petrobank continues to focus on increasing sustained production levels at Kerrobert and reducing per unit costs. A further operational update will be provided with the release of our Q1 2012 financial information scheduled for May 14, 2012.

Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. is a Calgary-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in western Canada. The Company operates high-impact projects through two business units and a technology subsidiary. Petrobank's 59% owned TSX-listed subsidiary, PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (TSX:PBN), is an oil and gas exploration and production company combining light oil Bakken and Cardium resource plays with conventional light oil assets. Whitesands Insitu Partnership, a partnership between Petrobank and its wholly-owned subsidiary Whitesands Insitu Inc., applies Petrobank's patented THAI® heavy oil recovery process in the field. THAI® is an evolutionary in-situ combustion technology for the recovery of bitumen and heavy oil. THAI® and CAPRI® are registered trademarks of Archon Technologies Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd., for specialized methods for recovery of oil from subterranean formations through in-situ combustion techniques and methodologies with or without upgrading catalysts. Used under license by Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

Forward-Looking Statements: Certain information provided in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements. Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to timing of release of financial results and results from operations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon assumptions and judgments with respect to the future including, but not limited to, the outlook for commodity markets and capital markets, success of future development activities, the successful application of technology, prevailing commodity prices, the performance of producing wells and reservoirs, well development and operating performance, and general economic and business conditions, weather. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable 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. You can find a discussion of those risks and uncertainties in our Canadian securities filings. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; fluctuations in oil prices; risks associated with the development and application of early stage technology, recompletions and related activities; timing and rig availability; fluctuation in foreign currency exchange rates; changes in environmental and other regulations; risks associated with oil and gas operations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. There is no representation by Petrobank that actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as those forecast. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Petrobank 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.

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  • Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    John D. Wright
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    Chris J. Bloomer
    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Heavy Oil

    Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.
    Peter Cheung
    Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer