SOUTHLAKE, Texas, June 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NORSTRA ENERGY INC. WWW.NORSTRAENERGY.COM (OTCQB:NORX) ("Norstra" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has received a reserve estimate report for its South Sun River Bakken Project in Montana which was prepared by Dr. David A. Lopez. Dr. Lopez is a certified petroleum geologist with 36 years of geology experience and 29 years in oil and gas exploration and research. He also holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the Colorado school of mines and is currently a Senior Research Geologist at Montana Tech University.
According to the report by Dr. Lopez, Norstra's roughly 19 sections of the South Sun River Bakken Project are estimated to contain original oil in place of a high of up to 16.7 million, an average of 13.1 million and a low of 9.5 million barrels of oil in place per section, based on existing historical data. Reserves in the area are still classified as "undeveloped."
The Total Oil Content (T.O.C.) is also an important measure of available hydrocarbons, and core samples indicate T.O.C. is normally >10% in the Alberta Bakken Fairway. The South Sun River Bakken Prospect lays in a prime area of published reserve potential based on thermal maturity and total oil content readings.
The Bakken in the Fairway typically has a Vitrinite Reflectance between 0.65 and 1.3 which is a key indicator for oil production. Vitrinite Reflectance is an important measure of organic content in oil producing shale.
The depth of the Bakken Formation is between 4,000' and 15,500' in northwest Montana. The western boundary of the Bakken Fairway is flanked by the Rocky Mountain Thrust Belt, where proximity to higher tectonic temperatures has caused the Bakken to become overly mature and gasified. The central and eastern areas of the Bakken Fairway are flanked by the Sweetgrass Arch and have perfect maturity for oil generation, over-pressured conditions and prolific oil production.
The crucial keys to the reserve potential of oil in place presented by Dr. Lopez are: the thickness, which is 16 to 24 feet; the organic content, which is above 0.7; and the bottom hole temperature which, given the depth, could exceed 140 degrees. If these parameters hold up during the exploration program, this could potentially result in a world class development of the Bakken shale in this underdeveloped region.
The Company has filed a Current Report on Form 8-K which includes the full report from Dr. Lopez. Interested parties may view the report on the Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR report system. The report may also be viewed on our website at www.norstraenergy.com.
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