DENVER, September 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Israel Petroleum Company (IPC) is pleased to announce today the results of the Prospective Resource Evaluation Report (the Report) prepared by Chapman Petroleum Engineering Ltd. (Chapman) on the two prospects located on the Mira and Sarah Drilling Licenses, offshore Israel, in which IPC owns a 13.609% working interest. The report was prepared at the request of IPC in order to determine the value of the prospects before and after consideration of geologic risk. The Report, effective August 1, 2010, was prepared in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (51-101), issued by the Canadian Securities Administrators, and this release is issued in accordance with the disclosure requirements of Section 5.9 of such standards. Based on the potential size of the gas accumulations defined in the Report along with the results of the 3-D seismic survey over the Sarah and Mira licenses, IPC is moving forward with its partners in identifying the best locations for drilling the first two wells. Preliminary results of the 3-D seismic survey, as well as the actual 3D survey have been submitted to the Petroleum Commissioner at Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructures in accordance with Israeli regulations.
The Report states that the best estimate of gross prospective sales gas resources for the prospect on the Mira License is 4.24 TCF and 1.47 TCF for the prospect on the Sara License, for a total 5.71 TCF. These estimates are for 100% of the working interest in each license. IPC's interest is 13.609%. The following table provides best, low and high estimates of gross prospective sales gas resources for each prospect on an 8/8ths basis.
Gross Prospective Resources Best Low High Estimate Estimate Estimate TCF TCF TCF Mira Prospect 4.24 3.03 5.45 Sarah Prospect 1.47 1.05 1.89 TCF is a trillion cubic feet of natural gas
The low estimate is considered to be a conservative estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered while the high estimate is considered to be an optimistic estimate. The best (or median) estimate is considered to be the most likely estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered.
The Report also provides an economic valuation of IPC's working interest position of 13.609% in both prospects assuming a successful ultimate recovery of these resources. For the Mira Prospect, using a discount rate of 10%, IPC's 13.609% net present value (NPV) on an unrisked basis ranges from a low of US$477 million to a high of US$1.02 billion with an unrisked NPV of US$746 million as the most likely case. As for the Sarah Prospect, using a discount rate of 10%, unrisked, IPC's 13.609% net present value ranges from US$190 million to US$405 million with an unrisked NPV of US$298 million as the most likely case. This economic evaluation assumes a gas price of US$5.50/Mcf, unescalated over the life of the project.
Chapman states, Based on our analysis, after consideration of risk, we have concluded that the potential of these prospects is of sufficient merit to justify the work program being proposed, and we therefore recommend and support Israel Petroleum Company's participation. The proposed work program is the drilling of one exploration well on each license as required by the terms of the Licenses.
The Mira Prospect is a large structure initially mapped with 2D seismic and targeting the same reservoir zone as the Tamar Field discovered in early 2009 while Sara, also initially identified on 2D is on the same structural trend as the 2009 Dalit discovery and targeting the same reservoirs. 3-D seismic confirms both prospects and will define the drilling location for prospects on both Mira and Sarah Licenses. Tamar Field, with reported reserves of 8.4 TCF, is approximately 30 miles directly to the north of the Mira Prospect and the Sarah Prospect is approximately 10 miles due south of Dalit Field with 0.8 TCF in reported reserves.
The Sarah and Mira Licenses are adjoining blocks located approximately 30 to 60 miles, respectively, offshore Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. The Licenses are each 154 square miles in area and to date are undrilled. A 3D seismic survey contracted to WesternGeco was completed in late 2009 and fully covers both Licenses. Initial fast track PSTM processing was done by WesternGeco and now CGG Veritas is doing PSDM processing on the 3D volume PSDM processing will help fine tune the drilling locations for both prospects on both licenses. IPC and its partners are starting the process of selecting a drilling contractor and attendant services companies to undertake the two well drilling program in 2011.
Definition of 51-101
Under National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (51-101),, prospective resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects. Prospective resources have both an associated chance of discovery and a chance of development. There is no certainty that any portion of the resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.
Chapman Petroleum Engineering Ltd.
Chapman Petroleum Engineering Ltd., founded in 1985, is a Canadian consulting firm providing comprehensive petroleum engineering, geological, geophysical and management services covering the full spectrum of the oil gas industry, domestically and internationally.
Their services include reserve and economic evaluations and resource assessments, acquisition analyses, specialized technical studies, property exploitation and resource management, and representation for regulatory and legal purposes. They have previously acted as technical advisors to the Government of Israel and have conducted similar resource evaluations in many petroleum basins around the world.
About the Consortium
The Sarah and Mira Drilling Licenses are held by a consortium comprised of IPC's subsidiary I.P.C. Oil and Gas (Israel) Ltd. (13.609%), Emanuelle Energy Ltd. (24.161%), Emanuelle Energy Oil and Gas Limited Partnership (19.161%), Modiin Energy Limited Partnership (19.282%), and four other entities. IPC is owned 76.79% by Israel Oil and Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of Bontan Corporation Inc. and 23.21% by International Three Crown Petroleum, LLC. IPC is managed and operated by H. Howard Cooper of International Three Crown Petroleum, LLC.
Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors
This news release and the Report contain references to prospective resources (as defined above), which do not qualify as, and should not be confused with, reserves. Under rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), reserves are estimated remaining quantities of oil and gas and related substances anticipated to be economically producible, as of a given date, by application of development projects to known accumulations. In addition, there must exist, or there must be a reasonable expectation that there will exist, the legal right to produce or a revenue interest in the production, installed means of delivering oil and gas or related substances to market, and all permits and financing required to implement the project. The SEC permits oil and gas companies, in their SEC filings, to disclose only proved, probable and possible reserves. Prospective resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and economic and legal feasibility. There is no assurance that prospective resources will ever convert into possible, probable or proved reserves under SEC standards. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a resource exists, or is economically or legally recoverable.
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal and Canadian securities laws. Any such statements reflect IPC's current views and assumptions about future events and financial performance. IPC cannot assure that future events or performance will occur. Important risks and factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the effect of economic and political developments in Israel and in the Mideast; the reliance on the working interest owners, as well as third-party consultants and contractors, to develop the project; the ability of IPC to raise sufficient capital to demonstrate to the MNI adequate financial capability and to satisfy its obligations for the costs of drilling and development; the risk that the final interpretation of the seismic and other data may show or suggest, or that drilling may ultimately demonstrate, that either or both of the licenses contain no, or noncommercial amounts of, hydrocarbons; the volatility in commodity prices for crude oil and natural gas; the presence or recoverability of estimated resources; the potential unreliability or other effects of geological and geophysical analysis and interpretation; exploration and development, drilling and operating risks; competition for development of the Project; environmental risks; government regulation or other action, including the potential change in tax and royalty provisions under active consideration by the Israeli government that could significantly adversely impact project economics and the commercial viability of drilling one or both prospects; potential disruption from terrorist activities or warfare in the region or at the Project site; general economic conditions; limited market available in Israel for oil and gas that may be found in commercial quantities; other risks associated with the exploration and development of international offshore projects in several thousand feet of water; and other risks identified by the press releases and securities filings of the other working interest owners in Israel, Canada, and other jurisdictions in which such releases and filings are made. IPC assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update the information in this news release.
SOURCE: Israel Petroleum Company
CONTACT: Gillian Morris of Israel Petroleum Company, Limited,+1-970-846-1953, email@example.com