Buccaneer Energy Limited (ASX:BCC) Acquires Interest In Cosmopolitan Project, Alaska

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Sydney, Australia, Feb 2, 2012 - (ABN Newswire) - Buccaneer Energy Limited (ASX:BCC.AX - News) (PNK:BCGYF.PK - News) is pleased to advise that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the acquisition of the two main productive leases in the former Cosmopolitan Unit ("Cosmo") from Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Inc. (NYSE:PXD - News) ("Pioneer"). Cosmo is an undeveloped oil and gas field located in 50 feet of water in the Cook Inlet of Alaska and is in close proximity to the shoreline at Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula. Cosmo has regional proximity to Buccaneer's other Alaskan assets and will utilise the capabilities of the Endeavour rig during the northern hemisphere winter.

The acquisition is being jointly made with privately owned Fort Worth, Texas based BlueCrest Energy II, LP ("BlueCrest") with Buccaneer acquiring a 25% working interest and BlueCrest a 75% working interest, with Buccaneer to assume operatorship of the project. Settlement of the acquisition is due on 30 March 2012 with the commercial terms of the transaction remaining confidential.

The strong interest in the region, which contains the Cosmo project, is demonstrated by Apache Corporation acquiring leases surrounding and adjoining the leases near Cosmo during the last State lease sale conducted in June 2011.

Buccaneer Director Dean Gallegos said:

"The acquisition of our interest in the Cosmo project provides substantial benefits for the Company. Not only does it significantly increase Buccaneer's oil and gas reserves but it also increases operational utilisation and revenue performance of the Endeavour jack-up rig, demonstrating the strength of our Alaskan strategy.

"Further the Cosmo acquisition fits very well in our Alaskan portfolio. As a more advanced project with an existing well and some infrastructure already in place, Cosmo provides nearer term oil and gas production potential than our two other Cook Inlet offshore projects which will still be developed in parallel."

Reserve Increase

As part of its due diligence on Cosmo, Buccaneer and BlueCrest engaged respected consulting firm Ralph E Davis to conduct an independent reserve estimate on the project. The 2P Reserves of Cosmo increase Buccaneer's independently assessed Alaskan 2P Reserves from 17.5 million barrels of oil equivalent ("MMBOE") to 31.3 MMBOE, a significant increase of 79%.

Cosmo Reserves Estimates

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                  Proven (1P)    Proven +      Proven + Probable
                                Probable (2P)   + Possible (3P)
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Gas - BCF                 -         90.0           179.0
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Oil - MMBO              31.0        44.0            70.0
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Oil Equivalent
MMBOE(1)                31.0        55.2            92.4
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Net to Buccaneer
25.0% Working Interest   7.8        13.8            23.1
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These Reserves estimates for the Cosmo project are supported by drilling, production testing and 3D seismic.

Preliminary Development Plans

Development of the Cosmo project involves two separate plans:

- A shallow gas development (3,000 - 4,000 feet) to be drilled with a jack-up rig; and

- A deeper oil development (6,000 - 8,000 feet) that can be exploited using directionally drilled wells from the shoreline.

An offshore well using the Endeavour jack-up rig is planned for late 2012 that will further quantify both the oil and gas zones of the project.

Development of the Cosmo project will begin in the northern hemisphere winter of 2012 and continue through to 2014. The preliminary development plan includes drilling and producing oil wells from the existing onshore production site and drilling offshore water injection wells for reservoir pressure maintenance.

Separately, offshore gas wells will be drilled and tied back to the existing onshore site which will be connected to ENSTAR's recently completed gas transportation line.

Increased Jack-Up Rig Utilisation Improves Economics

The acquisition will allow the use of the Endeavour jack-up rig to provide a more efficient development plan than was previously available to Pioneer. Without access to a jack-up rig, all wells, including water injection wells needed to be drilled as long reach directional wells from onshore. Further, the shallower gas reserves could only be reached by an offshore drilling program that will utilise the Endeavour. Utilisation of the Endeavour jack-up rig materially improves the economic parameters of the overall project.

The Cosmo project is located in the southern part of the Cook Inlet which is free of ice flows during winter. Cosmo will provide a winter operational location for the Endeavour jack-up rig to utilise the rig when ice flows in the northern part of the Cook Inlet preclude drilling during the November - March period.

This provides several years of winter drilling business and is expected to materially improve the profitability of the Company's offshore drilling division which was previously based on a 240 day drilling season.

About Buccaneer Energy Limited:

Buccaneer Energy Limited (ASX:BCC.AX - News) is an Australian listed company focused on onshore and shallow waters of the Cook Inlet of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as onshore Gulf Coast assets that have been left behind or overlooked by other players.

The Company has a large existing portfolio and disciplined acquisition strategy focused on opportunities with:

- Assets with attractive economics;
- Assets that have existing infrastructure in place that can be accessed;
- Assets near a commercial market that has been de-risked; and
- Assets that have multiple stacked pay targets.

Buccaneer's management team has a proven track record of finding and exploiting oil and gas reserves and generating new opportunity deal flow.

Contact:

 
Buccaneer Energy Limited
T: +61-2-9233-2520
F: +61-2-9233-2530
http://www.buccenergy.com 

Source:

Buccaneer Energy Limited

Copyright (C) 2012 ABN Newswire. All rights reserved.

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