TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 15, 2013) – Petrolympic Ltd. (“Petrolympic” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:PCQ) is pleased to announce the discovery of a conventional reservoir of natural gas on its joint venture property in the Lower St. Lawrence area (the “Property“) located in the Appalachian Basin of Quebec, which was announced by the Operator, Ressources & Energie Squatex Inc., (“Squatex“) in its press release dated November 15, 2013 (see www.sedar.com). The Company holds an interest in 217,370 hectares (536,941 acres) of the Property through a joint venture with Squatex.
While carrying a stratigraphic coring program, which Squatex started in 2010 to evaluate the oil and gas potential of its licences, significant gas flows were first encountered at 1,847 meters-deep in the core hole Massé No.1 in the Mitis River area. The cores were collected and analysed from this depth down to the total depth of the well at 1,874 meters, revealing that the reservoir is hosted in the Silurian Sayabec Formation and consists of a 10 meters-thick interval of hydrothermally dolomitized limestone with high porosity and permeability values up to 20.8% and 1624 mD, respectively. An effective seal is provided by the overlying fine-grained rocks of the Saint-Leon Formation.
Hydrothermal dolomitization is the generation mechanism of many world-class conventional reservoirs in North America, such as Albion-Scipio in Michigan and Lady-Fern in British Columbia. Contrary to shale gas, these types of reservoirs do not require hydraulic fracturation. The analysis of the gas charge of the reservoir indicates it is composed of 89% methane and devoid from hydrogen sulfide. The Company believes that this clean energy source can be commercialized to close local markets, thus contributing to the economic growth of the region.
In the Lower St. Lawrence of Quebec, the Sayabec Formation has been recognized as a prospective unit since the discovery of an analogue outcrop at surface, dolomitized and filled with bitumen, and the discovery of a naturally fractured interval filled with salt water in an exploratory well drilled in 1969. The Company believes that the discovery of a gas reservoir, however, represents a new and very significant mile step in the appraisal of the hydrocarbon potential of the region and Petrolympic is very proud of participating to this endeavour.
This discovery also echoes the new economic policy announced by the Quebec government in October this year, which makes a priority of the demonstration of the hydrocarbon potential of the province and the long-term reduction of its dependence on foreign energy sources, through the drilling of exploratory wells in a context of rejuvenated regulations and the complete respect of the environment and the community.
Petrolympic and Squatex are currently evaluating options to finance the pursuit of the exploration efforts and determine the full potential of the identified structure
Petrolympic also owns a 100% interest in two exploration permits in the same area, referred to as the Matapedia and the Mitis properties. Several conventional plays and exploration leads have been identified in these permits, where oil and gas have been encountered in mining wells in the 90’s. Based on proprietary seismic data, the prospective Sayabec Formation is also believed to be present at depth in these two permits.
About Petrolympic Ltd.
Petrolympic Ltd. is a Canadian junior oil and gas company actively exploring for premium light crude oil and natural gas in North America. The Company is presently focused on its near-term oil production asset in the prolific Maverick Basin of Texas, USA. The Company also holds an interest in a total of 754,216 hectares (1,863,668 acres) of oil and gas exploration permits in the Appalachian Basin of Quebec that include holdings in the St. Lawrence Lowlands and Gaspe Peninsula. The Company’s holdings in the St. Lawrence Lowlands consist of a 30% interest in 217,370 hectares (536,941 acres) through a joint venture with Ressources & Energie Squatex Inc. (“Squatex“), a 12% interest in 8,000 hectares (19,768 acres) through the Farmout Agreement with Canbriam Energy Inc., and a 100% interest in 56,622 hectares (139,913 acres) located over the Lowlands shallow carbonates platform on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, less than 30 kilometers southwest of Montreal. These properties represent a major position in the Utica Lorraine and Trenton-Black River Plays. Petrolympic also maintains holdings in the Gaspé and Bas-St. Lawrence regions, including a 30% interest in 431,339 hectares (1,065,839 acres) through a joint venture with Squatex and a 100% interest in a block of exploration permits totaling 40,885 hectares (101,029 acres) located between Rimouski and Matane prospective for hydrothermal dolomite hosted light oil.
About Ressources & Energie Squatex Inc.
Ressources & Energie Squatex (“Squatex“) is an oil and gas exploration company created in on April 12, 2002 under the Canada Business Corporation Act having its main office located at 7055, Boul. Taschereau, suite 500, Brossard (Québec) J4Z 1A7. Squatex is a reporting issuer only in the province of Québec. Its shares are not traded in any formally organized stock exchange market. The main objective of Squatex is, as the operator, to carry out exploration work in order to evaluate the oil and gas potential of a territory under leases covering 656,093 hectares. Squatex owns in the St. Lawrence Lowlands a 70% interest over 217,370 hectares under a joint venture agreement with Petrolympic Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:PCQ) and a 28% interest over 8,000 hectares that were farmed out to Canbriam Energy Inc. Squatex also owns a 70% interest over 431,339 hectares in the Lower St. Lawrence under its joint operation agreement with Petrolympic Ltd.
This press release includes certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario), including, but not limited to, statements as to timing and extent of exploration programs and the availability of exploration results. As such, forward-looking information addresses future events and conditions and so involves inherent risks and uncertainties, as disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Petrolympic documents filed from time to time with the Ontario Securities Commission and other regulatory authorities. Actual results could differ significantly from those currently projected as a result of, among those factors, adverse weather, regulatory changes, delays in receiving permits, accidents and delays in completing exploration activities not all of which are in the control of Petrolympic. The forward-looking information contained herein is Petrolympic’s reasonable estimate today of future events and conditions, but no assurance can be given that such events or conditions will occur. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. Petrolympic disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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