|By Marketwired .||
|February 26, 2014 02:00 AM EST||
ABERDEENSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 02/26/14 -- Xcite Energy Limited ("Xcite Energy" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: XEL) (LSE: XEL) (AIM: XEL)
Xcite Energy announces that it has filed its annual Statement of Reserves Data and other Oil and Gas Information (Form 51-101F1) under National Instrument 51-101 -- Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities -- and in accordance with the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook, with an effective date as at 31 December 2013.
AGR TRACS International Limited ("TRACS"), an independent, qualified reserves auditor and a wholly owned subsidiary of AGR Group (Holdings) Limited, has prepared a Reserves Assessment Report ("RAR") dated 25 February 2014, in which it has evaluated all of the Company's oil and natural gas reserves in its UKCS North Sea blocks.
The Form 51-101F1 is an annual statement required by Canadian regulations to be filed by the Company, which sets out its interests in oil and gas reserves, provides key data with respect to those interests and identifies changes, if any, which have occurred since the previous annual filing. The information contained in the Form 51-101F1 is taken directly from the RAR.
Summary of the NI 51-101
- Mean PIIP for the Bentley field of 909 MMstb.
- 1P, 2P and 3P oil reserves for the Bentley field of 203 MMstb, 257 MMstb and 317 MMstb, respectively, based on an initial 35 year production period.
- 1P, 2P and 3P natural gas reserves for the Bentley field of 26 bcf, 32 bcf and 41 bcf, respectively.
- NPV10 (after tax) value of oil reserves for the Bentley field of approximately $1.5 billion, $2.1 billion and $2.7 billion on a 1P, 2P and 3P basis, respectively.
- 48 MMstb of P50 Contingent Resources assigned to the Bentley field for recoverable volumes beyond the initial 35 years production period.
- Aggregate, unrisked mean Prospective Resources assigned of approximately 96 MMstb, relating to prospects in the Greater Bentley area.
See "Cautionary Language" below for a general explanation of the method and assumptions used in the above calculations.
Key updated assumptions
- Approximate 2.5% increase in the number of recoverable barrels of crude oil, taking account of a reduction in production facilities constraints.
- Approximate 2% reduction in the forward looking initial Brent oil price from approximately $94 equivalent per barrel to approximately $92 equivalent per barrel, to reflect the latest available McDaniel forecast with effect from October 1, 2013 as published at www.mcdan.com.
- Approximate 3.5% increase in the underlying cost assumptions used in the economic forecasts to reflect the current industry and market conditions.
The Company continues to work on improvements to the development plan, and is conducting work on reservoir modelling and reservoir drainage mechanisms to facilitate optimisation and enhanced oil recovery modelling. This work has not yet been factored into the reserves assessment.
The Form 51-101F1 will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com
The Company's oil and gas reserves are held through its wholly owned subsidiary, Xcite Energy Resources Limited ("XER"), comprising 100% working interests in Blocks 9/3b, 9/3c, 9/3d, 9/4a, 9/8b and 9/9h which contain the Bentley field ("Bentley" or the "Field") and adjoining assets (together the "Greater Bentley area").
In accordance with the AIM Rules, the information in this release has been reviewed and signed off by Tom Gunningham (C.Eng. MEI.), an associate at TRACS, who is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, member of the Energy Institute and an Independent Qualified Reserves Auditor compliant with COGEH requirements.
Liberum Capital Limited, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting exclusively for Xcite Energy and for no one else in connection with the subject matter of this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Xcite Energy for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the subject matter of this announcement.
Morgan Stanley, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting exclusively for Xcite Energy and for no one else in connection with the subject matter of this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Xcite Energy for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the subject matter of this announcement.
The calculation of the NPV10 (after tax) for the Field disclosed above takes into account the following: (a) UK Corporation Tax is charged at the rate of 30% on net taxable income; (b) UK Supplementary Charge ("SC") is charged at the rate of 32% on net taxable income; and (c) heavy oil allowances of up to £ 800 million have been applied to offset the SC to the extent possible.
"1P" means proved reserves.
"2P" means proved plus probable reserves.
"3P" means proved plus probable plus possible reserves. Possible reserves are those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than probable reserves and there is a 10% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the sum of proved plus probable plus possible reserves.
"bcf" means billion cubic feet of gas.
"Contingent Resources" means 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 which 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 to produce any portion of the Contingent Resources.
"FPD" means First Phase Development of the Field.
"MMstb" means millions stock tank barrels.
"NPV10" means net present value in money of the day using a 10% forward discount rate, which values do not represent fair market value.
"PIIP" means petroleum initially in place.
"Prospective Resources" means those quantities of petroleum which are estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects. 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.
"SPD" means Second Phase Development of the Field, or Phase 2.
"stb/d" means stock tank barrels per day.
"$" means United States dollars.
"$MM" means millions of United States dollars.
Certain statements contained in this announcement constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking information may relate to the Company's future outlook and anticipated events or results and, in some cases, can be identified by terminology such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "predict", "target", "potential", "continue" or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. These statements are based on certain factors and assumptions including expected growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to us, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information is also subject to certain factors, including risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is currently expected. These factors include risks associated with the oil and gas industry (including operational risks in exploration and development and uncertainties of estimates in oil and gas potential properties), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations and the ability of Xcite Energy to secure financing. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties are contained in the annual Management's Discussion and Analysis for Xcite Energy dated 25 March 2013 filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available at www.sedar.com. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.
Statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements or information, as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the resources and reserves described can be profitable in the future. There are numerous uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of proved reserves, including many factors beyond the control of the Company. The reserve data included herein represents estimates only. In general, estimates of economically recoverable oil reserves and the future net cash flows therefrom are based upon a number of variable factors and assumptions, such as historical production from the properties, the assumed effects of regulation by governmental agencies and future operating costs, all of which may vary considerably from actual results. All such estimates are to some degree speculative and classifications of reserves are only attempts to define the degree of speculation involved. For those reasons, estimates of the economically recoverable oil reserves attributable to any particular group of properties and classification of such reserves based on risk of recovery and estimates of future net revenues expected therefrom, prepared by different engineers or by the same engineers at different times, may vary substantially. The actual production, revenues, taxes and development and operating expenditures of the Company with respect to these reserves will vary from such estimates, and such variances could be material.
Consistent with the securities disclosure legislation and policies of Canada, the Company has used forecast prices and costs in calculating reserve quantities included herein. Actual future net cash flows also will be affected by other factors such as actual production levels, supply and demand for oil and natural gas, curtailments or increases in consumption by oil and natural gas purchasers, changes in governmental regulation or taxation and the impact of inflation on costs. The estimated future net revenue set out herein does not necessarily represent the fair market value of the Company's reserves.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Xcite Energy Limited
Rupert Cole / Andrew Fairclough
+44 (0) 1483 549 063
Liberum (Joint Broker and Nominated Adviser)
Clayton Bush / Tim Graham
+44 (0) 203 100 2222
Morgan Stanley (Joint Broker)
+44 (0) 207 425 8000
Mark Antelme / Henry Lerwill
+44 (0) 207 861 3232