CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2012) - Sonde Resources Corp. ("Sonde" or the "Company") (TSX:SOQ) (NYSE MKT:SOQ) (NYSE Amex:SOQ) announced today that it performed a 5-day production test on its first Montney exploration well, the 4-19-67-26W5 HZ in the Ante Creek North area.
The well was drilled and cased to a measured depth of 3,350 meters, and stimulated using a ball-drop system with 8 stages of gelled propane. Unusually high permeability was encountered, and near the end of the flowback period, after recovering approximately 54% of load propane, the well flowed at rates averaging 1,200 bbl fluid plus 1.8 MMcf total gas per day, with formation hydrocarbon rates of 120 bbl of 41.6 API gravity oil plus 1.3 MMcf gas (334 boe / day). Total cost to drill, case, stimulate and test the well was approximately $4.3 MM.
Sonde has shut-in the well for a required build-up test, and is planning an extended (14-30 day) production test to determine if oil cuts (about 10% during the 5-day test) will stabilize or increase. This extended test will be performed as soon as necessary equipment can be secured.
Although the high water rates encountered were unexpected, it indicates the presence of an unusually porous and permeable Montney formation at this location. Based on low rates of decline (<5% annually) observed at other high water-cut wells in the Ante Creek and Sturgeon Lake pools, this high-permeability Montney can deliver economic results as long as oil cuts stabilize in the 10-15% range. The need to add dedicated saltwater disposal capacity to these wells can increase per well costs by $250,000-$500,000, but does not generally cause significant increases to operating expense.
Jack Schanck, Sonde's President and CEO, stated that "Although early phase test results can be misleading, and need to be confirmed with longer test periods, it is encouraging to encounter such high-quality reservoir at this location. This is the first well in the Ante Creek North area to produce oil and gas from the Montney, and proving its economic viability would create an entirely new and untapped pool for future development. Sonde has a land position of over 39 net sections (24,960 acres) in the immediate vicinity of the well."
Sonde Resources Corp. is a Calgary, Alberta, Canada based energy company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Its operations are located in Western Canada and offshore North Africa. See Sonde's website at www.sonderesources.com to review further detail on Sonde's operations.
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