Press release from CNW Group
STERLING ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL WELL TEST AT CLADHAN
Monday, September 13, 2010
CALGARY, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:SLG) ("Sterling" or the "Company") is pleased to announce successful test results for the Cladhan well 210/29a-4z, for which the initial drilling success was previously announced on August 30th. The Drill Stem Test (DST) of the well has been conducted by perforating the interval at a Measured Depth (MD) of 10,806 to 10,869 feet. The well was flowed for a total of nearly 18.7 hours, over which 13 hours were stabilised at an average rate of 5,903 barrels of 34 degree API oil per day on a 28/64 inch fixed choke, with a final wellhead pressure of 1,874 psig.
The original discovery well 210/29a-4 was drilled in November 2008 to a depth of 9,734 feet MD and discovered oil bearing sands in an Upper Jurassic stratigraphic trap. An updip sidetrack was drilled 11,215 feet MD, encountering a gross hydrocarbon column of 159 feet, with 102 feet of net hydrocarbon bearing sandstones compared to the discovery well, which had 31 feet of net pay.
"These are truly excellent well test results, especially considering we have only perforated half of the net pay in the well. We also had to constrain the flow rate of the well due to limitations on the maximum capacity of the surface separation equipment, and also due to the small diameter of the DST tools and 3 1/2 inch tubing used while testing. Our analysis of the performance of the well indicates that with a larger 4 1/2 inch completion tubing, the well is capable of producing over 15,000 barrels of oil per day," stated John Rapach, Sterling's Chief Operating Officer. "I would like to thank all of our staff and contractors that have helped to make Cladhan a success story so far," added Mr. Rapach.
"Certainly this is a solid first step towards development of the field, with exceptional production rates from a high quality well," noted Mike Azancot, Sterling's President and CEO. "Now we need to ascertain the scale of the development by drilling downdip of the current well through a second sidetrack operation which will commence later this week," added Mr. Azancot.
Sterling holds a 39.9% interest in Cladhan and is the operator of the License P1064. Partners are Wintershall (UK North Sea) Ltd 33.5 %, Encore Petroleum Ltd 16.6 % and Dyas UK Ltd 10%.
Sterling Resources Ltd. is a Canadian-listed international oil and gas company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with assets in the United Kingdom, Romania and France. The shares are listed and posted for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "SLG".
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