VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) - Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd. ("Sandstorm") (TSX VENTURE:SND) is pleased to announce that Thunderbird Energy Corp. ("Thunderbird") (TSX VENTURE:TBD) has commenced production from the eight new wells that were the subject of the Gordon Creek fall 2012 completion program. Gordon Creek field volumes have recently averaged 5,265 mcf/day of raw natural gas (4,975 mcf/day sales gas). Of this total, approximately 4,200 mcf/day of raw natural gas (3,970 sales) is coming from the eight new wells, and Sandstorm''s net share of recent sales rates has been 1,640 mcf/day.
The original expectation for the eight new wells, based on the analog wells producing at the adjacent Drunkard''s Wash field, was a first year average raw gas production rate of 460 mcf/day per well. Initial indications are that the current eight well program is going to exceed this expectation and it is believed that the greater than anticipated pay thicknesses and porosities in the northwest area of the Gordon Creek project are likely a significant factor in this result.
Thunderbird will be in a position to assess the peak potential of the new wells once the frac fluids have been recovered and the coals dewatered. Depending on the relative contribution of gas production from sand pay versus coal pay, some wells could reach their peak production relatively quickly while some wells could take over six months to reach maximum production rates.
With the experience garnered from the initial eight new drills, the better than expected initial productivity and the necessary support infrastructure now in place, Thunderbird is looking to an expanded 2013 Gordon Creek development program that will be focused almost exclusively on drilling additional wells. Thunderbird anticipates providing a further production and development update in the coming months.
Sandstorm has a natural gas stream agreement with Thunderbird to purchase 35% of all natural gas produced from the first 50 wells drilled at Gordon Creek with an option to participate in additional wells. Sandstorm will purchase the natural gas at US$1.00 per mcf of gas delivered plus 20% of the market price received above US$4.00 per mcf.
ABOUT SANDSTORM METALS & ENERGY
Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd. is the world''s first diversified streaming company. Sandstorm provides upfront financing to resource companies that are looking for capital and in return, receives a commodity streaming agreement. This agreement gives Sandstorm the right to purchase a percentage of the commodity produced, for the life of the asset, at a fixed price. Sandstorm has acquired a portfolio of seven commodity streams in copper, palladium, oil, natural gas and coal. Sandstorm plans to grow its production base through the acquisition of additional commodity streams.
Sandstorm Metals & Energy is focused on low cost operations with excellent exploration potential and strong management teams. Sandstorm has completed commodity purchase agreements with Colossus Minerals Inc., Donner Metals Ltd., Novadx Ventures Corp., Terrex Energy Inc., and Thunderbird Energy Corp.
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