CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Dec. 15, 2014) – Pengrowth Energy Corporation (TSX:PGF) (NYSE:PGH) is pleased to announce that it has commenced steam operations at the Lindbergh Thermal Project located in the Cold Lake area of eastern Alberta.
“First steam is a significant milestone for the Lindbergh Project as it represents the completion of construction and commissioning of the facilities and is the last major milestone before first oil,” said Derek Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pengrowth. “We are pleased that the Lindbergh facilities have been successfully commissioned and that first steam was delivered on-time. We look forward to the production and associated funds flow growth from this project in 2015 and beyond.”
Pengrowth has been operating a two well pair pilot at Lindbergh for the last 34 months, which has produced approximately 1.6 million barrels to date with a cumulative steam oil ratio of 2.1x. November production from the pilot averaged approximately 1,760 bbl/d with an instantaneous steam oil ratio of 2.3x.
Lindbergh, Pengrowth’s 100 percent owned and operated thermal project, is located in the Cold Lake area of eastern Alberta. The project offers Pengrowth the potential to develop annual production of up to 50,000 bbl/d. Lindbergh’s robust economics make it a viable project that is able to generate positive cash flow, even in a low oil price environment. With strong netbacks, low decline rates, long reserve life and low sustaining capital requirements, Lindbergh is expected to be the foundation of Pengrowth’s sustainable model, supporting future growth in production and funds flow.
Pengrowth Energy Corporation is a dividend-paying, intermediate Canadian producer of oil and natural gas, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Pengrowth’s assets include the Cardium light oil, Lindbergh thermal bitumen and Swan Hills light oil projects. Pengrowth’s shares trade on both the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGF” and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGH”.
Derek Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws, including the “safe harbour” provisions of Canadian securities legislation and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “forecast”, “target”, “project”, “guidance”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “estimate”, “predict” or similar words suggesting future outcomes or language suggesting an outlook. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to: first oil at the Lindbergh commercial project; expected growth in funds flow and production in 2015 and beyond; expected 2015 average Lindbergh production; expected ability to produce positive cash flow in a low price environment; strong netbacks; low declines; long reserve life and low sustaining capital requirements; Lindbergh’s ability to produce up to 50,000 bbl/d and future growth in production and funds flow.
Forward-looking statements and information are based on Pengrowth’s current beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, Pengrowth concerning anticipated financial performance, business prospects, strategies and regulatory developments, future oil and natural gas commodity prices and differentials between light, medium and heavy oil prices, future oil and natural gas production levels, future exchange rates, the proceeds of anticipated divestitures, the amount of future cash dividends paid by Pengrowth, the cost of expanding our property holdings, our ability to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out development activities, our ability to market our oil and gas successfully to current and new customers, the impact of increasing competition, our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, and our ability to add production and reserves through our acquisition, development and exploration activities. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.
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Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on our forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Pengrowth does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
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