ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Polar Petroleum Corp. (OTCBB:POLR); herein after "Polar Petroleum", "Polar" and/or "the Company") is pleased to report on recent oil industry activity taking place on Alaska's North Slope in close proximity to the Company's holdings.
On April 23, 2013, Spanish energy giant Repsol announced they had completed their Alaskan winter exploration campaign, which had discovered 3 new "good quality hydrocarbon discoveries," according to Repsol. The discoveries have been instrumental in further encouraging Repsol to develop its reserves in the resource-rich North Slope region. According to Repsol's news release, the North Slope of Alaska is "an especially promising area for Repsol, as it has shown itself to be oil-rich."
Of the 3 Repsol wells in question, Qugruk 1 (2,493 meters) and Qugruk 6 (2,637 meters) produced 2 hydrocarbon shows with encouraging results during production tests. In the Qugruk 3 (3,214 meters) well, hydrocarbons were identified at multiple levels. The wells are located along the outer fringe of the Colville Delta, northwest of the Kuparuk River field, approximately 35 miles northwest of Polar Petroleum's Hemi Springs Project acreage.
Other nearby activity is represented by Great Bear Petroleum (GBP), which holds over a half-million acres on the North Slope. Polar Petroleum's Hemi Springs Project borders the GBP leasehold, and is within 10 miles of 1 of the proposed GBP exploration wells in the immediate vicinity. GBP's holdings also completely surround Polar Petroleum's Franklin Bluffs Project, which is within 5 miles of 4 of GBP's proposed wells. GBP is pursuing an unconventional shale oil play in the 3 major source rocks of the Colville Basin that sourced the North Slope's giant oil fields. To date, GBP's results have met expectations for finding oil in the source rocks.
GBP started test drilling in 2012 with 4 of 6 proposed drilling locations along the Dalton Highway with production expected to begin in 2013. As of year-end 2012, GBP and its partner, industry services giant Halliburton, had drilled their first 2 vertical wells: Alcor No.1 and Merak No.1. The company's president, Ed Duncan, stated: "We have drilled through all of our targeted source rock units. We've proven those [to be] present at the depths predicted and in the state of thermal stress or thermal maturity, certainly within the range of expected outcomes." GBP's plans for this winter included extending its seismic coverage west across GBP's leases and had contracted with CGGVeritas to perform a suitable survey. GBP had previously carried out a small 57.6-square-mile 3D seismic survey around its well locations.
GBP's plans call for three 15-year phases, each involving 3,000 wells drilled at an average of 200 wells per year and requiring at least 20 rigs working year-round. They predict production rates to reach 200,000 barrels per day by 2020 and to have a peak rate of 600,000 barrels per day by 2056.
Polar Petroleum's President & CEO, Daniel Walker, commented: "We're encouraged to see multiple companies having successful results in the immediate North Slope region. This industry activity and ongoing development bodes well for Alaska as well as for Polar Petroleum as we look forward to our own oil exploration efforts on our 2 nearby North Slope projects."
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Read more about the Alaskan oil and gas industry and the North Slope on Polar Petroleum's official website, as well as further information about the Company and its latest news releases at http://www.polarpetro.com.
ABOUT POLAR PETROLEUM CORP.
Polar Petroleum (OTCBB:POLR) is an independent American oil and gas company based in Anchorage, AK. The Company is focused on securing domestic energy solutions through the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in Alaska's proven North Slope region: home to the 2 largest oil fields in North America, over 10 other producing fields, and established infrastructure. The Company's Franklin Bluffs Project overlies the 3 source rocks thought to represent potential unconventional shale oil on the North Slope. Test drilling in the vicinity has met expectations for finding oil in the source rocks.* The Company's Hemi Springs Project is estimated to potentially represent recoverable petroleum reserves of ~558 million barrels of oil.**
Polar's projects are strategically positioned between many of the major players of the oil and gas industry and the necessary infrastructure to bring hydrocarbons to market.
* Petroleum News, Sept. 23, 2012; ** Geologic Study and Initial Evaluation of the Potential Petroleum Reserves of the Hemi Springs Project, North Slope, Alaska (D. T. Gross & D. W. Brizzolara, Mar. 25, 2013).
|ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,|
|Polar Petroleum Corp.|
|Daniel Walker, President & CEO|
|4300 B Street|
|Toll Free: 1-888-765-2773|
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|1. Petroleum News (website), Sept. 23, 2012.|
|2. Petroleum News (website), Mar. 06, 2011.|
|3. Anchorage Daily News (website), Dec. 25, 2012.|
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