SXE 19-1B Well Expected to Commence Drilling Operations Next Week



  • The location and access route for the SXE 19B-1 well has been completed.
  • 19B-1 well drilling operations expected to start the week of February 4th.
  • Appraisal well will be the first to drill and flow test gas saturated coals within Strata-X’s interpreted high grade area.

DENVER and BRISBANE, Australia and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The directors and management of Strata-X Energy Ltd. (“Strata-X” or the “Company”) (TSX-V:SXE) (ASX:SXA) are pleased to announce that the location and access route for the SXE 19B-1 well has been completed.  The turnkey-contracted Danos drilling rig is expected be on site to commence drilling operations the week of February 4th. The Company has received all the necessary government approvals for the appraisal program through its up to 20 well Environmental Management Plan.

Following the Company’s internal regional interpretation of the Botswana CSG Fairway, Strata-X has identified an area with an upper stratigraphic section with multiple bright coal seams and high gas saturations which are interpreted to be highly prospective for commercial CSG. The Company refers to this as the high-grade area of the CSG fairway. Strata-X holds 100% equity in approximately 320,000 acres within the high-grade area.

SXE 19B-1 will be the first vertical well to drill and flow test within the high-grade area and is located adjacent to (~ 2.5 km from) a fully cored well. The cored well was drilled in 2003 by the Government of Botswana and intersected multiple bright coals seams with gas saturations up to 100%.  The SXE 19B-1 well will be drilled to approximately 490 metres vertical depth and is located in Strata-X’s 100% owned Prospecting License (PL) 19-B.

Assuming the results of the short term flow tests and logging are as expected, the preferred go forward plan to accelerate Strata-X’s timetable to commercialize the high grade area is to case and suspend the SXE 19B-1 well for long term production testing. Any water and gas samples collected with the short term production test (less than 1 hour) during the drilling of the well will be integrated into the design and implementation of a CSG pilot program with the optional second well included in the 5 well CSG pilot.  Drilling, completion and production methods of the pilot will be designed with the primary goal to demonstrate commercial gas flows. The long term testing program of the production pilot is expected to take 3 to 6 months. Achieving commercial gas flows from the CSG pilot would be one of the primary precursors and catalysts for predictable and sustained reserve certifications and by inference, predictable and sustained Company growth.

The Company holds 4,784 KM2 (1,173,000 acres) over the Serowe CSG Project with a certified Prospective Resource of 3.3 TCF.(1) ASX disclosure note - 5.28.2 - The estimated quantities of petroleum that may potentially be recovered by the application of a future development project(s) relate to undiscovered accumulations. These estimates have both an associated risk of discovery and a risk of development. Further exploration appraisal and evaluation is required to determine the existence of a significant quantity of potentially moveable hydrocarbons.

About Strata-X
Strata-X is a Denver, Colorado (USA) based company and is engaged in the business of oil and gas exploration and development with a variety of exploration opportunities in the States of California and Illinois in the United States of America and the Republic of Botswana. Strata-X has 81,201,984 common shares outstanding and trades under the symbol "SXE" on the TSX-V and "SXA" on the ASX.

(1) Prospective Resources figures are from an audit report prepared by MHA Petroleum Consultant, a qualified reserves auditor, dated and effective 26 March 2018 following their audit in accordance with the COGE Handbook of the available technical data including the geological interpretation, information from relevant nearby wells, analogous reservoirs and the proposed program for the Project, prepared and presented to MHA by Strata-X. 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 project. Prospective Resources have both an associated chance of discovery and a chance of development. A high level of uncertainty exists with the Prospective resources given the lack of historical drilling, available data and other productivity factors that limit the economic viability of coal seam gas deposits. The Report reviewed only Prospective Resources as the project is not sufficiently developed to assign Contingent Resources or additional Petroleum Reserves to it. Stated Prospective Resource figures are Best Estimate – undiscovered natural gas quantities and net of a royalty and are shown at a 100% working interest in the Project. The total costs associated with establishing the commerciality of this project are unknown at this time given the early stage of the Project’s development. There is no certainty that any portion of the resources will be discovered, if discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.

For further information please contact:

Tim Hoops (USA)
+1 855-463-2400 

This announcement was made in Canada for the TSX.V and in Australia for the ASX.
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