|By Marketwire .||
|September 24, 2012 03:06 AM EDT||
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/12 -- Lundin Petroleum AB (TSX:LUP)(OMX:LUPE) (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) has successfully completed the side-track 16/2-13A of the appraisal well 16/2-13S. The results from the well are excellent in respect of reservoir quality and thickness, validating the field geological model and confirming a deeper oil water contact at this location. The well 16/2-13S was drilled approximately 2.4 km north east of the discovery well 16/2-6, and the side-track 16/2-13A was drilled with a 1,250 metres step-out towards north-north west. The Johan Sverdrup field is located in licences PL501 and PL265 on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
The side-track well (16/2-13A) encountered a gross reservoir column of approximately 22 metres, of which 12 metres were above the oil water contact. The top of the reservoir was 4 metres shallower than the prognosis. The oil water contact was established at approximately 1,925 metres below Mean Sea Level which is approximately 3 metres deeper than observed in earlier PL501 wells. A comprehensive coring and logging programme has been performed which confirmed the good reservoir properties encountered in the appraisal well 16/2-13S. The total depth of the side-track was 2,776 metres. The wells will be plugged and abandoned.
It has recently been decided that the location of one of the remaining two 2012 appraisal wells to be drilled on PL501 will be in the northern Johan Sverdrup area. The appraisal well 16/2-16 will be drilled 3.7 kilometres to the northwest of the 16/2-13 well.
Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum comments; "The results from the latest appraisal well are positive. The Johan Sverdrup reservoir quality, as in previous wells, was excellent. However, we are particularly pleased that the side-track was not only shallow to prognosis but also encountered a lower oil water contact. We will now drill our next appraisal well to the north west to test the extent of the field in this area."
Lundin Norway is the operator of PL501 with a 40 percent interest. Partners are Statoil Petroleum AS with a 40 percent interest and Maersk Oil Norway AS with a 20 percent interest.
Lundin Petroleum is a Swedish independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a well balanced portfolio of world-class assets primarily located in Europe and South East Asia. The Company is listed at the NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm (ticker "LUPE") and at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) (Ticker "LUP"). Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 211 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).
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Reserves and Resources
Unless otherwise stated, Lundin Petroleum's reserve and resource estimates are as at 31 December 2011, and have been prepared and audited in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101") and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGE Handbook").
Contingent Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political and regulatory matters or a lack of markets. There is no certainty that it will be commercially viable for the Company to produce any portion of the Contingent Resources.
Prospective Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects. Prospective Resources have both a chance of discovery and a chance of development. There is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the Prospective Resources.
BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf : 1 Bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.
Lundin Petroleum AB
C. Ashley Heppenstall
President and CEO
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