Reef Resources Ltd.

Reef Resources Ltd.

August 31, 2011 16:00 ET

Reef Resources Ltd. Announces Ausable # 5 Update and Progress on Production Optimization

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) -


Reef Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:REE) ("Reef" or the "Company") announces that the Company plans to install a hydraulic venturi downhole pump in the Ausable # 5 well. This proven oilfield technology, replacing conventional bottomhole pumps with venturi units, is currently being installed and tested on the Ausable #1 well. The hydraulic unit is designed to operate efficiently with the light oil and condensate currently being produced from the Ausable reef and will provide optimum production flow rates. It is anticipated that the hydraulic pumping units will also be installed in Ausable # 2 and Ausable # 4 over the course of the next two months.

Following the installation of the venturi pump in Ausable # 5 the Company will be in a position to accurately report production flow rate in addition to production potential with the previously announced Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and cyclic natural gas liquids (NGL's) program. Under the EOR program, reservoir analysis and design work to date indicates re-pressurization of the reservoir will have a significant positive impact on overall field production and recovery factors. Results and updates of the Company's optimization program and implementation of the cyclic gas EOR program will be released once fully operational.

Reef is also pleased to announce that two of the three frac tools from the Ausable #2 horizontal well have been successfully recovered. Approximately 75% of the productive zone is now open. Additional fishing operations are not viewed as cost effective and the Company will be moving forward with wellbore clean up and flow testing. A further announcement will be made once the well is on stream.

Arnie Hansen stated, "We continue to view Ausable # 5 very positively and the Company's engineering and operations team is working diligently to increase production by implementation of the venturi pumping system followed by the re-pressurization of the reef and commissioning of the EOR and NGL program. There are numerous analogous fields where these types of optimization efforts have successfully yielded significant increases in production once in operation."

Footnote: The Company's Ontario asset has gas storage rights, gas re-injection permit for gas recycle, NGL recovery, enhanced oil recovery and arbitrage. A key component of Reef's Ontario strategy is to identify and exploit undervalued prospects in the Ontario basin by utilizing the company's 23,500 acres of proprietary 3D seismic. In addition to its Ontario Properties, Reef has identified multiple oil and gas acquisition and development opportunities throughout Canada.

The term barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE") may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. In accordance with NI 51-101, a BOE conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet per barrel (6mcf/bbl) of natural gas to barrels of oil equivalence is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. All BOE conversions herein are derived from converting gas to oil in the ratio mix of six thousand cubic feet of gas to one barrel of oil.

Forward Looking Statements — This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, which include assumptions with respect to the valuation of Reef's reserves, funds raised from a financing and future capital expenditures. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information may prove to be incorrect. All such forward looking statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

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

  • Reef Resources Ltd.
    Arnie Hansen
    President & CEO
    (403) 251-9447

    Reef Resources Ltd.
    Larry Olson
    Vice President, Finance
    (250) 490-3378

    Reef Resources Ltd.
    2020 - 801 6 Ave SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 3W2