Strategic Oil & Gas Ltd
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Strategic Oil & Gas Ltd

February 09, 2011 05:30 ET

Strategic Oil & Gas Ltd. Provides Operation Update; Production Exceeds 900 Boe/d

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2011) - Strategic Oil & Gas Ltd. ("Strategic" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:SOG) is pleased to provide a production and operations update relating to Maxhamish and its recently acquired Steen River Property. As of February 8, 2011, Strategic's production exceeds 900 boe/d (70% oil). In addition, 200 boe/d are expected to be added in the month of February following a successful ongoing workover campaign at Steen River.

At Maxhamish, operations are focused on achieving year round access to our properties by March with a 2011 drilling campaign of 4 multi frac horizontal wells. Current plans include drilling and completing one well before breakup with 3 wells following breakup. 

STEEN RIVER LIGHT OIL ASSET

As previously announced on December 22, 2010, Strategic completed the Acquisition (the "Acquisition") of the shares of a private company, Steen River Oil & Gas Ltd ("Steen"), for approximately $10.5 million in cash and share consideration plus the assumption of $3.5 million in debt for an enterprise value of $14.0 million. Through the Acquisition, Strategic acquired high quality, light oil assets at a low cost in addition to acquiring a substantial land base and facilities focused in northwest Alberta ("Steen River"). The primary asset is a 100% owned and operated light oil field producing from the Keg River zone. The property includes 110 sections of undeveloped land, oil and natural gas facilities and other infrastructure. This acquisition provides Strategic with two large light oil resource plays in western Canada.

Key Acquisition Metrics of the Acquisition

PRODUCTION 650 boe/d ($22,000 per flowing bbl (1))
LAND 170 net sections (110 net undeveloped)
FACILITY Capacity: 2000 bbl/d oil and 35 MMcf/d natural gas
TAX POOLS Excess of  $100 million, including $50 million in non-capital losses, $20 million UCC, $20 million CEE

As previously announced, prior to the acquisition a major part of Steen River production was shut in due to a pipeline break. Strategic is pleased to report that pipeline repair commenced in early December and was completed in the third week of January, 2011. These wells have been producing at an average rate in excess of 650 boe/d. This takes Strategic's overall production to over 900 boe/d (70% oil). Further, the ongoing workover campaign at Steen River is expected to add 200 boe/d of producing volumes in the month of February, 2011.

Strategic's 2011 capital program includes constructing year round access, shooting an extensive 3D seismic program to delineate and develop the existing Keg River oil pools, construct all year road access, drill up to 5 additional Keg River Oil wells and exploit Keg River, Slave Point and other oil and gas bearing zones at Steen River. Keg River vertical wells typically produce with initial rates of 200 to 400 bop/d per well and provide solid economics with drilling costs of $1.5 million per well.

"We are pleased to be able to complete the low cost acquisition of Steen and subsequently achieve the start-up of the pipeline within a short time. The incremental production reinforces our belief in our technical team's evaluation of Steen River as an exciting growth area with tremendous upside for the Corporation." said Arn Schoch, President and CEO of the Corporation.

MAXHAMISH LIGHT OIL RESOURCE PLAY

Strategic and its partner have currently commenced the 2011 development program. The program includes building an all weather road to allow development of the Maxhamish property to occur year round and constructing an oil battery to remove current production handling constraints. In addition, up to 4 horizontal wells will be drilled, then completed with multi-stage fracs and tied-in.

"We remain highly optimistic on the future potential of the Maxhamish property, based on the initial encouraging results from the 2010 drilling program. The current road construction project to turn the Maxhamish area into an all year round operation is crucial to a future accelerated development program at Maxhamish." said Arn Schoch, President and CEO of the Corporation

About Strategic

Strategic is a well capitalized junior oil and gas company committed to growth by exploiting its light oil assets in Maxhamish, northeast British Columbia and Steen River in northwest Alberta. Strategic's highly regarded subsurface technical team is primarily focused on implementing development plans for its light oil properties, while continuing to review other high impact light oil resource plays.

Further information with respect to the Corporation can be found on its website at www.sogoil.com.

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION: Certain information set forth in this document, including management's assessment of future plans and operations, contains forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control. Those risks include, without limitation, the effect of general economic conditions, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, industry conditions and competition, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other industry participants, the ability to access qualified personnel and oilfield services, decisions by regulators, and the ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements as the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and actual results, performance or achievements could materially differ from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements and accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by forward looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefit Strategic will derive there from. The Corporation does not assume the obligation to revise or update this forward-looking information after the date of this release or to revise such information to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

BOE PRESENTATION:  Barrel ("bbl") of oil equivalent ("boe") amounts may be misleading particularly if used in isolation. All boe conversions in this report are calculated using a conversion of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas to one equivalent barrel of oil (6 mcf=1 bbl) and is based on an energy conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the well head.


(1) Based on production of 650 boe/d and on an estimated enterprise value of $14.0 million (excluding working capital adjustments), assuming no value for undeveloped land, seismic, tax pools and facilities.

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Contact Information

  • Strategic Oil & Gas Ltd.
    Arn Schoch
    President & CEO
    403.718.0183 ext. 242
    403.718.0184 (FAX)
    aschoch@sogoil.com
    or
    Strategic Oil & Gas Ltd.
    1800, 510 5th Street SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 3S2
    www.sogoil.com