Bridge Saw 22% Increase in Reserves in 2012
Anglo-Norwegian junior explorer Bridge Energy reported Tuesday that it its 2P (proved plus probable) developed reserves increased to 3.26 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) last year from 2.67 MMboe at the end of 2011, representing a reserve replacement ratio of 224 percent.
Bridge said that the net best estimate of contingent resource (2C) more than doubled to 66 MMboe at Dec. 31 2012 from 29 MMboe a year earlier. The firm said that 22 MMboe of its net 2C resources was added as a result of three successful discoveries out of four exploration wells drilled last year.
Bridge confirmed that its current portfolio includes 11 discoveries in the UK and four in Norway, and that it has interests in 12 licenses in the UK sector of the North Sea as well as 16 licenses in the Norwegian sector. These licenses contain 32 main prospects.
The reserves and resource report, prepared by independent consultancy AGR TRACS International, reflected an increase in contingent resources connected to the award of the Vulcan South license in 2012. The increased gas resources (some 12.3 MMboe) enables wider regional development options to be considered for the whole of the Vulcan Satellite area, said Bridge.
Bridge CEO Tom Reynolds commented in a statement:
"The recently completed reserves and resources report underlines the significant steps made by Bridge, through acquisition, development of our existing asset base and exploration success in 2012. The step change in the commercial resource base, coupled with progressing our development portfolio, provides for a very exciting growth phase for Bridge to build upon during 2013."
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