Johan Sverdrup was discovered by Lundin Petroleum in 2010 and is the largest oil discovery in the North Sea since the mid 1980''s. The discovery is located in both PL501, operated by Lundin Petroleum and in PL265 operated by Statoil. 14 wells have now been drilled to date on the discovery and the objective is to complete a conceptual development plan by the end of 2013. The appraisal drilling programme is continuing in 2013 and will provide further information to finalise the subsurface models and assist with development planning for this giant field.
Lundin Petroleum has decided it will not, at this time, provide updated contingent resources for the Johan Sverdrup discovery located in licence PL501 (Lundin Petroleum operator and working interest (WI) 40%) and licence PL265 (WI 10%). Statoil is working operator for Johan Sverdrup during the development planning phase and has indicated that they will provide updated resources for the discovery later this year when the conceptual development studies will be substantially complete.
Ashley Heppenstall President & CEO of Lundin Petroleum comments; "We feel it is appropriate that the working operator of Johan Sverdrup provide updated resource numbers. As the operator of PL501 we continue with our appraisal drilling program which provides new information for both development planning and recoverable resources. The results of the appraisal drilling to date taken as a whole lead us to the view that the current most likely mid case Johan Sverdrup resources located in PL501 will be within the lower half of the previously guided 800 to 1800 MMboe range. We also believe that the resource calculation range remains wide."
Excluding Johan Sverdrup and the Geitungen discovery, Lundin Petroleum has further assets classified as Contingent Resources with "Best Case" values of 262 MMboe in aggregate of which oil accounts for 55 percent. The Contingent Resources include contributions from the Salina discovery in Norway and the Berangan and Tembaukau discoveries in Malaysia. These Contingent Resources have been audited by ERC Equipoise Limited (ERCE), except for the Salina discovery which is based on a Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) estimate.
Lundin Petroleum is a Swedish independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a well balanced portfolio of world-class assets primarily located in Europe and South East Asia. The Company is listed at the NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm (ticker "LUPE") and at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) (Ticker "LUP"). Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 202 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).
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Reserves and Resources
Unless otherwise stated, Lundin Petroleum''s reserve and resource estimates are as at 31 December 2011, and have been prepared and audited in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101") and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGE Handbook"). Unless otherwise stated, all reserves estimates contained herein are the aggregate of "Proved Reserves" and "Probable Reserves", together also known as "2P Reserves". For further information on reserve and resource classifications, see "Reserves and Resources" in the Company''s annual report.
Contingent Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political and regulatory matters or a lack of markets. There is no certainty that it will be commercially viable for the Company to produce any portion of the Contingent Resources.
Prospective Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects. Prospective Resources have both a chance of discovery and a chance of development. There is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the Prospective Resources.
BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf : 1 Bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.