Santonia Energy provides update
Thursday, Feb 07, 2013
Santonia Energy Inc. (TSX:STE) ("Santonia" or the "Company") provides the following update.
The Company achieved its published exit production target of 5,000 boe/d in November with the month of November's production averaging in excess of 5,000 boe/d. The increase in production from the October 1, 2012 level of 4,500 boe/d, post the closing of asset sales associated with the Strategic Review Process, is a result of additional volumes from the Company's Cardium resource development brought on production in early November. Based on field estimates, fourth quarter volumes were 4,920 boe/d (30% oil and NGL's) compared to the Company's original guidance of 4,750 boe/d (25% oil and NGL's).
Santonia has also focused on increasing its liquids production. Based on fourth quarter 2012 field estimates, liquids production was 1,460 bbls/d, an increase of 20% from its liquids level on October 1, 2012. Fourth quarter liquids volumes were comprised of 983 bbls/d of condensate and light oil and 477 bbls/d of natural gas liquids.
Current production is between 4,500 and 4,600 boe/d. Production volumes have tracked forecasted declines from November of 2012 (the last date of new well production additions) and current production includes approximately 200 boe/d of temporary restrictions at the Company's Wild River and Clive properties.
During the fourth quarter of 2012 Santonia drilled a horizontal Cardium well (33% WI) at North Harlech located at 1-6-46-17W5. The well has a 1,200 metre horizontal section in the Cardium and completion operations are underway. The well has a planned tie-in distance of approximately eight miles and will likely commence production in the third quarter of 2013.
The Company also recently finished the drilling of a multi-zone vertical well at Harlech. The well is being completed in four zones and is expected to be on production in late February. Recent results from these multi-zone vertical wells have been impressive with 30 day initial rates of 300 boe/d (including 150 bbls/d of condensate) resulting in netbacks of $30/boe, on-stream costs of $11,000 per boe/d and rates of return of approximately 45%.
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