CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Sept. 29, 2016) – Blackbird Energy Inc. (“Blackbird” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:BBI) is very pleased to announce the receipt of regulatory approval for its infrastructure development, the commencement of its fall drill program, the approval of a Revolving Operating Loan Facility with Alberta Treasury Branches (“ATB Financial“) and the appointment of a Vice President, Land.
Regulatory Approval of Infrastructure Development and Commencement of Construction
On September 28, 2016 Blackbird achieved the critical company milestone of Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER“) approval for its 100% owned and operated Elmworth facility (the “Facility“) and pipeline gathering system (the “Gathering System“). Upon the receipt of the AER approval, Blackbird immediately commenced construction, with completion expected in December, 2016. Prior to the AER approval all front end engineering had been completed, and all long lead items were ordered.
Blackbird’s Facility located at 12-14-70-7W6 will have an initial capacity of approximately 10 mmcf/d of natural gas plus associated liquids of approximately 1,500 bbls/d, for aggregate throughput of approximately 3,150 boe/d. The Facility includes liquids recovery and stabilization. The Facility has been designed to allow for future production expansion. The Blackbird Facility located at 12-14-70-7W6 can be viewed by visiting the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20160928-1070958L.jpg.
Blackbird’s Gathering System will encompass approximately 10 km of pipeline and will facilitate the tie-in of Blackbird’s behind pipe and future production from at least seven well pads located at its western acreage south of the Wapiti River. The Gathering System will mitigate environmental disruption through the use of existing cut lines and extensive underground boring, which is consistent with Blackbird’s progressive corporate social responsibility program, and its desire to be a valued corporate citizen in the Grande Prairie region.
Garth Braun, Blackbird’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated: “The approval of our infrastructure solution in the Grande Prairie area is testament to not only the hard work of our entire team, but our ability to develop a large scale resource in this liquids-rich Montney corridor. The commencement of infrastructure construction puts Blackbird on a clear trajectory to finalize its transition from a pre-production exploration company to a cash flowing Montney producer. Upon tie-in to production, Blackbird will generate the cash flow required to accelerate the continued delineation and development of our highly economic resource.”
Commencement of Fall Drill Program Targeting the Super Condensate Rich Upper Montney
Blackbird will commence its fall drill program with a horizontal well targeting the super condensate rich Upper Montney (greater than 100 bbls of condensate per mmcf of gas) at Elmworth / Pipestone. The well will be spud from surface location 10-8-70-07W6 with a lateral length of approximately 2,150 meters to location 02/2-20-70-7W6 (the “02/2-20 well”). Blackbird intends to spud the licensed 02/2-20 well at the beginning of October, 2016.
Blackbird is planning a large scale 02/2-20 completion program using Stage Completions’ innovative and patented Bowhead II fracturing system. The slickwater completion program will place approximately 4,000 tonnes of proppant through approximately 71 individual fracs.
The well will be tied-in and placed on production upon the commissioning of Blackbird’s infrastructure solution, eliminating costly flow back and production testing.
Mr. Braun added: “Blackbird’s Upper Montney 02/2-20 program has been designed to maximize expected ultimate recovery first and foremost, with additional focus on effective capital utilization. The use of Stage Completions’ Bowhead II fracturing system will allow for the pinpoint placement of very high tonnage and rates over the entire wellbore. We have specifically focused on exploiting the Upper Montney resource in the prolific super condensate rich corridor as new and existing well performance by area operators continues to show very positive results. The high condensate to gas ratios seen in these wells contribute to their robust economics.”
Approval of $1.0 Million Revolving Operating Loan Facility with ATB Financial
Blackbird has entered into a $1.0 million Revolving Operating Loan Facility with ATB Financial.
Mr. Braun commented: “It is clear that access to low-cost capital will be paramount to driving value creation for our shareholders as we continue to execute our high-growth business plan, and particularly as we move to full-scale development. The acquisition of this facility pre-production and pre-cash flow is a testament to the great working relationship that Blackbird has developed with ATB Financial, and we view it as a stepping stone to a sizable reserves based facility in the future. We would like to thank ATB for sharing our vision of transitioning to a sizable Montney producer, and seeing the potential of our large scale Elmworth / Pipestone asset.”
Appointment of Vice President, Land
Blackbird is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Josh Wylie to the position of Vice President, Land of Blackbird. Mr. Wylie previously served as Blackbird’s Land Manager.
Garth Braun added: “Mr. Wylie has been instrumental in Blackbird’s growth and success over the past two years. As Blackbird’s Land Manager Mr. Wylie assisted in the growth of Blackbird’s Elmworth Montney land position from 30 sections to 86.75 sections. Mr. Wylie was also a key team member in the successful acquisition of a processing agreement for Blackbird’s Elmworth Montney gas and a firm gas take away agreement in the Alliance pipeline to Chicago, which offers Blackbird superior pricing to that of AECO. More recently, Mr. Wylie has worked with me to advance the surface land acquisition and survey requirements for pipeline and battery infrastructure. Mr. Wylie has consistently executed on an increasing breadth of responsibilities, becoming a key contributor to Blackbird’s past and future success.”
Mr. Wylie is a Mineral Landman with over seven years of exploration and production company experience. Mr. Wylie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.
Blackbird Energy Inc. is a highly innovative oil and gas exploration and development company focused on the condensate and liquids-rich Montney fairway at Elmworth, near Grande Prairie, Alberta.
For more information please view our Corporate Presentation at www.blackbirdenergyinc.com.