Torquay Oil Corp.

Torquay Oil Corp.

November 25, 2011 09:00 ET

Torquay Oil Corp. Reports 2011 Third Quarter Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2011) -


Torquay Oil Corp. (TSX VENTURE:TOC.A) (TSX VENTURE:TOC.B) ("Torquay" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has filed its unaudited financial statements and related Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD & A") for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 on SEDAR. The Company's unaudited financial statements and related MD & A are also available for review at or

Q3 Highlights

  • Drilled and completed one, 100% working interest, horizontal Bakken well at Lake Alma, SK. The Company is currently cleaning out frac sand to evaluate production performance from a newly implemented frac design.
  • Drilled and completed two, 100% working interest, horizontal Frobisher wells and one, 100% working interest, horizontal Bakken well at Viewfield, SK.
  • Drilled and completed one, 100% working interest, vertical exploration well at Willmar, SK. The well is currently being evaluated and three horizontal follow-up wells have been licensed.
  • Drilled and completed one, 100% working interest, horizontal Midale well at Midale, SK. Licensed 7 horizontal follow up wells.
  • Drilled and completed one, 100% working interest, horizontal Alida well at Queensdale, SK. Initiated a battery re-build to handle new fluid. Licensing 4 horizontal (3.5 net) follow up wells.
  • Shot two 3D seismic programs covering approximately 200 square km at Lake Alma where the Company holds over 55,000 net acres. The seismic programs have been processed and have identified exploration targets in both the Mississippian and Ordovician Formations.
  • Q3 exit production of approximately 460 bbls/day (97% light oil and liquids).
  • Achieved funds flow of $531,000.
  • Working capital deficiency of approximately $854,000 and an existing undrawn line of credit of $10,000,000.

Subsequent to September 30, 2011 Torquay:

  • Drilled a second 100% W.I., horizontal Midale well at Midale, SK.
  • Drilled one 75% W.I., horizontal Midale well at Alameda, SK.
  • Drilling a second 100% W.I., horizontal Alida well at Queensdale, SK.
  • Shot an 11 square km 3D seismic survey at Rosebank, SK.
  • Current production is averaging 505 boepd (97% light oil and liquids).

Operations Update

Lake Alma, SE Saskatchewan

In the second quarter Torquay drilled and completed a horizontal Bakken well in the Lake Alma area. This well was completed over a 1,000m interval utilizing a newly designed fracture stimulation program. Upon initial flow-back the well performed as expected however, four days into the evaluation period the well lost all inflow. This loss of fluid inflow has been interpreted to be caused by frac sand entering the well bore. A clean out program has been designed and will commence with crew availability.

During the second quarter Torquay drilled a vertical exploratory well at 15-9-2-17W2 into the Ratcliffe Formation to a depth of 2020m. The well was cored and encountered 7m of oil-saturated Ratcliffe pay with porosities up to 34%. The vertical portion of the well was abandoned and a horizontal leg was drilled which encountered 335m of oil-saturated reservoir. During the drilling stage of the horizontal section the well became difficult to steer and broke out of the formation into a lower water-bearing reservoir. Significant effort was put into saving the wellbore by cementing through a retainer. This effort proved to be unsuccessful due to the formation's high porosity and permeability resulting in a planned well abandonment. In September, Torquay drilled a new horizontal well at 14-9-2-17W2. To minimize potential reservoir damage from drilling fluids, the horizontal leg was limited to a length of 170m, of which 100m were drilled within the pay zone where strong oil shows were encountered. The well was placed on production and after 12 days of water production, oil cuts started to increase. The well is currently capable of producing approximately 10 barrels of 25° API oil per day with a high water cut. Torquay believes that underbalanced drilling techniques could lead to improved productivity.

SE Saskatchewan

At Midale, SK, Torquay has successfully drilled a dual leg horizontal well which targeted the Midale "Marly" and "Vuggy" zones. Both the Marly and the Vuggy have proven to be productive allowing subsequent locations to target both zones.

At Alameda, SK, the Company has successfully drilled the first of its 13 development locations. Follow-up locations will be drilled throughout 2012.

During the last two quarters Torquay experienced higher than expected field costs. In response to these higher field costs the Company reduced its 2011 capital expenditures resulting in lower production and cashflow. This decision was made to protect Torquay's balance sheet and exit the year with a debt to cash flow ratio of less than 1:1 . Torquay will enter 2012 with a strong balance sheet and a robust conventional Mississippian development drilling inventory.

Torquay is a uniquely positioned, oil focused, junior exploration company formed to generate and develop its own prospects, acquire oil-weighted properties and participate with joint venture partners in oil exploration and development in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. The Company's Class A Shares and Class B Shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbols TOC.A and TOC.B. The Company currently has 48,626,582 Class A Shares and 1,260,000 Class B Shares outstanding.


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