Invicta Energy Corp.is pleased to announce the successful completion of its fourth quarter drilling program of 7.0 gross (3.9 net) wells at Kindersley, Saskatchewan. In aggregate the Company drilled 22 gross (12.1 net) wells on its Viking light oil play at Kindersley, Saskatchewan in 2012. The Company forecasted an exit production rate of 535 bopd and achieved an average field production rate of 535 bopd for the month of December. For approximately half the production days in the month of December the oil production rate exceeded the forecasted rate and the Company reached a record day rate of 635 bopd (700 boepd). Initial production rates (IP rates based on 30 days) of these recent wells have outperformed the Company’s forecasted type curve of 40 to 45 bopd and rank as some of the better wells in this play. Several wells have reached IP30 rates of 100 to 120 bopd. Estimated field production for the first 10 days of January averaged 550 bopd (582 boepd). Invicta will monitor these high IP wells over the coming months for comparative decline performance to the Company’s forecast to assist in further development of its completion practices.
Invicta has also begun its Kindersley first quarter drilling program of 9 gross (4.2 net) wells. The Company plans to drill up to 15 gross wells on its Saskatchewan and Alberta properties in the first half of 2013.
In addition, Invicta has added over four net sections of land through fourth quarter 2012 crown land sales and now has 56,600 net acres of land in Alberta and Saskatchewan. From this developing land base, Invicta has the potential to develop a second core resource base to complement its current development on lands in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.
Based on the production results from the fourth quarter drilling program, the Company’s credit facility was increased to $18 million, the maximum available under Invicta’s current credit facility with ATB Financial.
About the Company
Invicta is a Calgary based, emerging junior oil and gas company exploring and developing light oil opportunities in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Company’s current focus is the development of its Viking resource play in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Invicta’s common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol VCA and the Company has 75.6 million shares outstanding.
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- competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions of reserves, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel;
- incorrect assessments of the value of acquisitions and exploration and development programs;
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- failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions;
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