CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – July 8, 2013) – Southern Pacific Resource Corp. (“Southern Pacific” or the “Company”) (TSX:STP) today provided an operational update for the month of June, 2013 with respect to the Company’s STP-McKay and STP-Senlac Thermal Projects.
Total Corporate Production
Total Company production averaged 4,347 bbl/d for the month ended June, 2013, which is a 5% increase from the previous month.
STP-McKay Thermal Project – Production
Production increased 16% over the prior month, averaging 1,187 bbl/d based on field estimates. A single well pair, 1P1, was treated in late May with a High Pressure Steam Stimulation (“HPSS”) which involved injecting a finite amount of steam at a pressure above the current maximum operating pressure of the project. The purpose of the HPSS was to improve the communication between the injector and producer, in addition to increasing lateral conformance. The well pair was placed into SAGD production on June 4th and has been running steadily in the mode since. The HPSS appears to have successfully improved this well pair to the point where it can now begin steam chamber development and operate in full time SAGD.
In early June, the Company made an application to the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) to perform the HPSS treatment on the remaining five wells on Pad 101. The Company expects to receive approval from the AER imminently and will begin treatments on the remaining well pairs on Pad 101, one at a time, over the coming months.
STP-Senlac Thermal Project
Senlac production averaged 3,160 bbl/d for the month of June based on field estimates. The first two SAGD well pairs from Phase K continue to ramp up, and the third well pair, K3, which was scheduled to come on stream in late June is now expected to start up later this week, as some minor service work was required to repair a faulty thermocouple string in the producer prior to running a electric submersible pump.
About Southern Pacific
Southern Pacific Resource Corp. is engaged in the exploration, development and production of in-situ thermal heavy oil and bitumen production in the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta and in Senlac, Saskatchewan. Southern Pacific trades on the TSX under the symbol “STP.”
This news release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of such statements under applicable securities law including estimates as to: future production, operations, operating costs, commodity prices, administrative costs, commodity price risk management activity, acquisitions and dispositions, capital spending, access to credit facilities and lending costs, income and oil taxes, regulatory changes, and other components of cash flow and earnings anticipated discovery of commercial volumes of bitumen, the timeline for the achievement of anticipated exploration, anticipated results from the current drilling program and, subject to regulatory approval and commercial factors, the commencement or approval of any SAGD project.
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“Barrels of oil equivalent” (boe) maybe misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion of 6 mcf to 1 barrel of oil is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.