Patch Begins Oil Sands Drilling at Dover, Firebag
Patch International Inc. said that it has commenced drilling on its recently acquired Dover Oil Sands Project and the Firebag Oil Sands Project near Ft. McMurray in northeast Alberta.
Drilling contractor rig Tempco # 1 started January 21, 2006 on the first of a minimum 28 earning wells. Weather has been cooperative allowing pre-construction of leases well in advance of the drilling rig. In anticipation of progressing the project areas beyond the minimum 28 wells, Patch has pre-selected, licensed and surveyed an additional 22 sites affording flexibility to modify the drill order "on the fly." Should new potential pools be discovered during the course of drilling, Patch can modify the drilling program to obtain more well contact within areas of thicker oil sands. Patch is currently negotiating to bring a second rig into the drill to accelerate this year's drilling program.
The first stage of the project is to offset existing oil sand pay on the land by drilling a number of vertical test wells, and shooting seismic (3D and 2D). The objective is to delineate the size and number of oil sands pools for future SAGD development. Every well will have an extensive log suite run as well as continuous core from the top to the base of the potential reservoir interval. In total, the current 28 well drilling program is estimated to recover a minimum of 7,000 feet, or 2,100 meters of core.
Patch believes that the crucial data that the drilling program will provide will assist in the: determination of deposition environments and paleo-flow orientation for mapping purposes and planning future drilling locations and potential SAGD developments, and vertical and lateral reservoir parameter determination to be incorporated in the reservoir simulator which will yield a new resource assessment and improved development model.
Patch must complete a work program consisting of spudding 16 evaluation wells on the properties and the completion of a 2D seismic program on the properties on or before March 31, 2007 to earn up to an 80% working interest in the Dover Oil Sands Project. Patch must complete a work program consisting of spudding 8 evaluation wells on the properties and the completion of a 2D seismic program on the properties at a minimum cost of (Cdn.) $1,200,000 but not to exceed (Cdn.) $1,500,000 on or before March 31, 2007 and on or before April 1, 2008, must spud 4 evaluation wells on the properties and complete a 2D seismic program on the properties at a minimum cost of (Cdn.) $550,000 but not to exceed (Cdn.) $650,000 on or before March 31, 2008 to earn up to a 75% working interest in the Firebag Oil Sands Project.