Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas – May 16, 2018—Sterling Resources Ltd. (“Sterling” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: SLG) is pleased to provide an update on its operations in Block 95 of the Bretana oil field in Northwest Peru.
Over the past five months, the Company has significantly advanced the 2018 capital program at the Bretana field. On December 18, 2017, the Company acquired a 100 percent working interest in the field and announced that the field would come online in 10 to 12 months for an estimated cost of approximately USD$24.6 million, including capital expenditures relating to oil production facilities and workovers of an existing oil producer well and a water disposal well. The Company now estimates this project will cost approximately USD$18.3 million, which is 25 percent less than originally budgeted. The Company’s use of a wireline unit, rather than a workover rig, to remove plugs and remediate the oil producer and water disposal wells cost USD$300,000, significantly less than the budgeted USD$2.0 million. Additional savings resulted from the execution of a turn-key contract to build and install all the production facilities and a corresponding contract for the personnel and costs associated with construction at the Bretana field.
The Company anticipates that the existing oil producing well will initially produce 100 percent oil with no water. The Company will commission the oil production facilities, with first production as early as June 2018, four to six months ahead of the original guidance. The initial commissioning phase will require the well to be choked to a quarter inch, which would allow the Company to produce approximately 1,000 barrels of oil per day (“bbl/d”) until the water production and re-injection handling facilities are installed and commissioned in October, after which it is anticipated that the well will be opened to approximately 2,250 bbl/d. The Company intends to sell the initial 1,000 bbl/d production at the Iquitos refinery, which has capacity to purchase the Company’s initial production, with the additional 1,250 bbl/d production to be transported via the existing oil pipeline for marketing and sale.
Manolo Zuniga, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, “The Company’s progress to date is a direct result of having the right team in place to execute our program. Their expertise, along with financial discipline, has set the stage to deliver production ahead of schedule and significantly under budget. Not only is the capital expenditure savings significant, but the initial oil production and sales will bring important cash flow to the Company.”
A full review of the progress at the Bretana field can be found in the updated corporate investor presentation which is available on the Company’s website at www.sterling-resources.com.
Sterling is a publicly-traded oil and gas development and production company domiciled in Calgary, Alberta, focused on the development of oil assets in Peru. The Company’s management team has significant experience in developing oil fields in Northern Peru and is led by an independent Board, focused on safely and cost effectively developing and exploiting the Bretana field. The Bretana field is being developed on a modular basis which allows the Company to install the oil and water handling facilities in phases, allowing for more efficient use of capital during the field development.
For further information, please contact:
|Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
|T: (713) 609-9026
|President and Chief Executive Officer
|T : (713) 609-9101
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