WesternZagros Resources has conducted further analysis of the results from the Kurdamir-2 well and provides a revision of its resource estimates for the Oligocene reservoir in the Kurdamir Block, as well as an update for the adjacent Oligocene reservoir in the Baram prospect on the Garmian Block.
On the Baram prospect, the total mean estimate of gross unrisked prospective resources ("Mean Prospective Resources") increased by over 300 percent to 423 million barrels of oil ("MMbbl"). When gas and condensate are included the Mean Prospective Resources increased by 90 percent to 496 million barrels of oil equivalent ("MMBOE").
The Company's revised estimates are related to its interpretation that the Baram prospect has the potential to contain the extension of the Kurdamir oil leg in the Garmian Block (see Figure 1). The combined Mean Prospective Resources of the Kurdamir structure in the Oligocene, Eocene, and Cretaceous reservoirs and the Baram prospect in the Oligocene and Eocene reservoirs is now 1.7 billion barrels of oil, or over 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent when gas and condensate are included, as summarized in the table below.
All of the revised estimates were audited by independent reserves evaluator, Sproule International Limited, on February 8, 2013.
Simon Hatfield (pictured), WesternZagros's Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"As we understand the giant Kurdamir Discovery better, we are intrigued by the potential that the Baram prospect is an extension of Kurdamir. As such, we expect Baram-1 to be a high impact well and one of the most attractive opportunities on the Garmian Block. One of the rigs we have secured is currently being prepared in North America for deployment to Baram-1 and we anticipate spudding the well in the third quarter of this year."