Surge to Acquire Private Oil Sands Company
Surge Global Energy, Inc. said Friday that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement for the acquisition of a privately owned oils sands company located in Alberta, Canada.
Under the terms of the agreement, the shareholders of the oil sands company will receive CDN$6,350,000 and 8,965,390 shares of preferred stock ("Exchangeable Shares") of Cold Flow Energy, ULC valued at CDN$10,000,000. Cold Flow is a wholly owned subsidiary of Surge. The rights, privileges and restrictions governing the Exchangeable Shares will provide that each whole Exchangeable Share may be exchanged for two shares of Surge common stock for a period of 5 years following the closing. The initial closing date is anticipated to be January 18, 2007.
The oil sands company owns an undivided 30% working interest in 135 square miles, 86,400 acres (Net 40.5 sections or 25,920 acres) in the Red Earth area of Alberta which is comprised of Oil Sands Leases within Townships 87, 88 and 89, Ranges 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 W5M (the "Properties").
David Perez, CEO and Chairman of Surge stated, "This is a very significant acquisition for Surge. The oil sands development project consists of 4 major contiguous blocks located in close proximity to existing services and infrastructure. A respected independent third party engineering firm has estimated Original Crude Bitumen in place to be up to 2.0 billion barrels. Under the Oil Sands Company's 30% working interest, this would amount to an expected 600 million barrels of Original Crude Bitumen in place."
Using an Enhanced Oil Recovery ("EOR") program like Cyclical Steam or other EOR thermal process, the properties could potentially yield between 180 and 300 million barrels net recoverable to Cold Flow at recovery factors ranging from 30% up to 50% of Original Crude Bitumen in place.
Details of the Acquisition will be included in Surge's 8-K to be filed with the Securities Exchange Commission.
Alberta's oil sands contain the biggest known reserve of oil in the world. According to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB), an estimated 1.7 to 2.5 trillion barrels of oil are trapped in a complex mixture of sand, water and clay. 2005 EUB "Reserves Report" indicates that last year, Alberta's bitumen production totaled 388 million barrels. Going forward, the EUB expects Alberta's bitumen production to increase to more than one billion barrels per year by 2015. Total raw bitumen production - the petroleum product directly obtained from oil sands - exceeded total conventional crude oil production in the Province for the first time during 2001. In 2005, Alberta oil sands production has been approximately equal to Alberta's light and heavy conventional crude production.
Surge Global Energy, Inc., located in San Diego, California is focusing exclusively on opportunities in the Canadian Heavy Oil Sands. Exploitation Opportunity Surge is the largest shareholder of Signet Energy, Inc., the operator of the Sawn Lake Oil Sands project.