Alberta Oilsands Expands Drilling Program and Increases Oil Sands Acreage
Alberta Oilsands has added an additional drilling program to commence in late Q4 2007. The Company is now planning two drilling programs of up to 40 wells over two large oil sands land blocks.
AOS has acquired an additional 62 sections of oil sands leases since it announced the initial acquisition of 23-section oil sands land on March 26, 2007. The additional oil sands leases increases AOS's land base to a total of 85 sections (54,400 acres), all at 100% working interest. All of the sections are located in the regional Hangingstone area. The sections were acquired over the past four months at Crown land sales.
The first drilling program will be on the 23-section "AOS Hangingstone Prospect" parcel with up to 30 wells, at a minimum drill density of one well per section. Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants ("Ryder Scott"), an independent petroleum-consulting firm has confirmed undiscovered resource of 1.15 billion barrels of bitumen in place (May 17, 2007 news release). This block is located approximately 22 kilometers southwest of Fort McMurray. The parcel is within three kilometers of the highway, which provides good access to the lands. This land block is surrounded by a number of SAGD (steam-assisted gravity drainage) projects, which are in various stages of development, all within a 3 to 10 kilometer radius. These SAGD projects include: Petro-Canada's Hangingstone Meadow Creek projects, Japan Canada Oilsands Company Ltd. (JACOS) Hangingstone project and Value Creation Inc.'s (VCI) Halfway Creek project. In addition to the drilling program, an 80 km 2D seismic data acquisition program is being permitted.
The second drilling program will begin to delineate the other prospect covering 47 sections. The company for this area is planning a 2D seismic acquisition program. The Company has secured services to ensure that delineation activities will start in Q4 2007. AOS has engaged Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants ("Ryder Scott") to evaluate the possible bitumen resources attributable to the recently acquired sections. The results will be announced as they become available.
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