CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2012) - Donnybrook Energy Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DEI) ("Donnybrook" or the "Company") reports that the Company's third Simonette area horizontal well 1-11-61-27 W5M (50% working interest) has been drilled, completed and tested on the southeast part of the Company's 33 section (16.5 net) contiguous land block at Simonette, Alberta. The Cequence Energy operated step-out well was drilled to a total measured depth of 5,027 metres, with a 1,829 metre lateral length, and completed using a 16 stage foam fracture stimulation. After 7 days of cleanup and flow, at the end of the test, the well was producing natural gas at a rate of 8.9 mmcf per day and free condensate estimated at approximately 40 barrels per day (1,520 boe per day gross; 760 boe per day net) at a flowing casing pressure of 325 psi. It is expected that additional natural gas liquids will be recovered from the natural gas at the Keyera gas plant after this well is brought onstream in March 2012. The 1-11 well is the most successful well drilled with Cequence on the joint 50/50 Simonette acreage block to date.

Donnybrook believes the success to date of its Montney horizontal drilling program serves to de-risk approximately 50% of its land at Simonette for Montney liquids-rich gas development providing an inventory of 56 (28 net) development drilling locations. The Company has an additional 19 sections (9.5 net) of land at Simonette that are considered highly prospective for the Montney.


At the Company's 50% working interest Bigstone property, production tubing has been installed in the Bigstone Hz 15-32-60-22 W5M well and a 7 day production test has been completed. The well flowed at an average rate of 1.1 mmcf of natural gas per day. As previously reported, a review of the 23 stage hydraulic fracture stimulation that was performed on the well indicates that only 5 of the 23 stages of the planned fracture program were successfully stimulated. This rate is consistent with the interpretation that only 5 of the 23 stages are contributing to the well's production. As a result the reported well completion test rates do not reflect the quality of reservoir the well encountered while drilling. The 15-32 well encountered 2,744 metres of high quality Montney reservoir with strong gas shows and excellent penetration rates. The reservoir encountered is comparable to the Montney interval that was successfully completed in the Donnybrook Hz 14-29-60-22 W5M Bigstone discovery well (25% BPO; 50% APO). The 14-29 well has a 1,200 metre lateral length and tested 4.3 mmcf of natural gas per day and 295 barrels of NGLs per day - a ratio of 70 barrels of NGLs per mmcf of gas (1,011 barrels of oil equivalent per day). Construction operations for the pipeline and surface facilities connecting the 14-29 and 15-32 wells is projected to start late February with wells and facilities ready for production to start by April 1st, 2012.

Bigstone is located in an area of significant industry activity and recent drilling and completion successes. A 2,760 metre extended reach horizontal well has been recently drilled and completed by an industry competitor offsetting Donnybrook's lands 800 metres to the west and parallel to Donnybrook's 14-29 well. This well terminated approximately 200 metres from Donnybrook's land block. The operator of the well reported a final 24 hour test rate, after a 4 day flow period, of 12.5 mmcf of natural gas per day and 770 barrels of condensate per day and an estimated 30-35 barrels of NGLs per mmcf. This well further demonstrates the potential of the Montney reservoir to the west and indicates the reservoir continues to the northwest onto Donnybrook's land block.

Donnybrook's third operated horizontal Montney location at Bigstone (25% working interest) is scheduled to spud within 2 weeks from a surface location at 4-28-60-22 W5M and will be an extended reach Hz well with approximately 2,700 metres of lateral length planned to a bottom hole location at 13-33-60-22 W5M.

At Bigstone, Donnybrook has 8 gross (3.5 net) sections of P&NG rights located approximately 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of the eastern edge of the Company's Simonette acreage block providing an inventory of 14 (6 net) extended rich development drilling locations.


At Resthaven, the 13-27-61-02 W6M (70% working interest) horizontal Montney well was put onstream in the second week of February 2012. In April 2011, the 13-27 well was completed with a 12-stage slick-water fracture stimulation program; and the frac clean-up was suspended and the well was shut-in due to the on-set of spring break-up.

During the abbreviated frac clean-up, the well had only recovered 30% (1,900 m3 of the 6,500 m3) of the frac fluid and flowed up seven inch casing at rates of up to 3.25 mmcf per day of natural gas. Now that the well is tied-in, the frac clean-up will resume to recover the balance of the frac fluid and the well will be flow tested in-line to determine an estimated flow rate and liquids (oil and NGLs) content, which is expected to be approximately 50 barrels per mmcf of natural gas.

At Resthaven, Donnybrook has 5 gross (2.66 net) sections of P&NG rights located 8 kilometres (5 miles) west of the western edge of the Company's Simonette acreage block.

Donnybrook is debt free and has the capital resources to carry out its current 2012 drilling and infrastructure capital program.

Donnybrook holds interests in 46 gross (22.5 net) sections of petroleum and natural gas rights in the Bigstone-Simonette-Resthaven liquid rich natural gas resource play in the Deep Basin area of West Central Alberta providing a development drilling inventory of up to an equivalent of 70 gross (34 net) Montney horizontal drilling locations.

Further information relating to Donnybrook is also available on its website at


Malcolm F. W. Todd, Chief Executive Officer


Certain information set forth in this news release contains forward-looking statements or information ("forward-looking statements"), including statements regarding the estimated free condensate and the additional potential natural gas liquids recovery from the 1-11 Simonette well, the de-risking of approximately 50% of Donnybrook's lands and prospective lands at Simonette, the timing of construction operations and production for the 14-29 and 15-32 Bigstone wells, the estimated condensates from an industry competitor's well at Bigstone, the timing of the spud of Donnybrook's third operated horizontal Montney well at Bigstone, the estimated flow rate and liquids content of its 13-27 Resthaven well and potential drilling inventories. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Donnybrook's control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, operational risks in exploration and development, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility and the ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Although Donnybrook believes that the expectations in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the forward-looking statements have been based on factors and assumptions concerning future events which may prove to be inaccurate. Those factors and assumptions are based upon currently available information. Such statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence actual results or events and cause actual results or events to differ materially from those stated, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. As such, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, as no assurance can be provided as to future results, levels of activity or achievements. The risks, uncertainties, material assumptions and other factors that could affect actual results are discussed in Donnybrook's Annual Information Form, management's discussion and analysis and other documents available at Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as of the date of this document and, except as required by applicable law, Donnybrook does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Where amounts are expressed on a barrel of oil equivalent ("BOE") basis, natural gas volumes have been converted to oil equivalence at six thousand cubic feet per barrel. The term BOE may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of six thousand cubic feet per barrel is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. References to oil in this discussion include crude oil and natural gas liquids ("NGLs"). NGLs include condensate, propane, butane and ethane. References to gas in this discussion include natural gas.

Contact Information:

Donnybrook Energy Inc.
Malcolm Todd
President and Chief Executive Officer
604-684-4265 (FAX)