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Quarterly Activity Statement

ASX Announcement 23 July 2018

Summary  

Whitebark Energy Ltd (ASX : WBE) is pleased to report a 26% increase in production for the final quarter of  the financial year to over 28,000 boe.  Activity during the quarter included the Gilby acquisition1  adding 450  boe/d  gross,  completion  of  3D  seismic  identifying  up  to  40  million  boe  (8.4mmboe  net  to WBE)  in  place, and  heightened activity in the Duvernay shale play that saw land prices increase in the region.  In WA, the control of  the Warro field has returned to WBE in full, and planning continues for CY2018 3D seismic survey to define  the exciting Xanadu oil discovery in the Perth Basin.

Highlights  

Canadian Operations – Point Loma JV (PLJV) (20% WI)  

  • Net production for the quarter increased 26% to 28,626 boe (including Gilby from 1 May 2018) up from 22,763 boe in the previous quarter. 
  • Gilby  acquisition  completed  with  the  final  payment  made  on  30  April  2018  and  an  effective  date  of  1 November 2017. 
  • 3D seismic acquisition in the Westcove area identifying potential for over 40 million boe (8.4mmboe to WBE) in place adjacent to the PLJV Paddle River oil field. 
  • Strong land sale activity in Duvernay shale oil acreage surrounding approximately 19,000 gross acres of WBE lands.  Average prices paid were CAN$347 per acre.2

Warro Gas Field (100%)  

  • Full ownership of Warro was  returned  to WBE in May  2018 allowing  the  company  flexibility in  taking  the project forward at the cessation of the current fraccing moratorium.

Xanadu Oil Discovery – TP/15 (15%)  

  • Planning for H2 CY2018 seismic data acquisition. 
  • Following 3D seismic, the JV will conduct planning into drilling locations, development planning, Original Oil in Place (OOIP) and recoverable volume calculations.

Recent Activity  

Canadian Operations – Point Loma JV (20% WI)  

Acquisition  

On 2nd May 2018, the Company announced the final payment of CAN$143,965.81 for the Gilby acquisition on  30th April, taking WBE’s total cost of the acquisition to CAN$333,965.81 for a 30% share of the asset.  In addition  to increasing production by approximately 60% (~135 boe/d net to WBE, 35% oil and NGL’s and 65% natural gas)  (Figure  1),  the Gilby  asset, effective  from  1 November  2017, more  than  doubled  the  Company’s  1P  and  2P  reserves when compared to 30 June 2017 (Figure 2).  

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Whitebark Takes Control of Warro

ASX Announcement 26 June 2018 

Flexibility to progress up to 11.6 tcf1 field

Whitebark Energy (ASX : WBE) is pleased to announce the return to full ownership of the Warro Gas Discovery, 200km North East of Perth. 

  • Alcoa Australia has agreed to relinquish its 43% interest earned in the Warro assets. 
  • This will allow Whitebark greater ability and flexibility to progress the assets once the current fracking moratorium in WA ends. 
  • Opportunity for offtake agreement with Alcoa remains. 
  • Non-core permits and licenses relinquished as part of a focus on the core resources in Retention Lease 7 (RL7).
The Warro partnership between Whitebark (and its predecessors and subsidiaries) and Alcoa has spanned a decade, including the drilling of four wells and the acquisition of 90km2 of 3D seismic.

“Alcoa has been an excellent partner during this period and the advancement of the Warro project would not have occurred without their ongoing support during the period of the Joint Venture,” said Whitebark Managing Director David Messina.

As part of the transfer Alcoa has agreed to provide future funding to cover its share of plug and abandonment liabilities in the event any of the wells are not used in future development scenarios.

RL7, on which Warro sits, is currently in suspension pending the completion of the WA Government fracking inquiry. The holding costs for the lease are modest and all near term work commitments have been met, giving Whitebark significant time to determine how the asset may be advanced to maximise its future potential.

“The impact of the moratorium on the project has significantly hampered the Joint Venture’s ability to continue with development activities,” Mr Messina said.

“As the industry lies dormant awaiting the official findings and recommendations, the decision has been made to relinquish the permits outside of the Warro core field resources, namely EP321 and RL-6 and concentrate on RL7.”


Warro Project Background

The Warro field lies 200km north of Perth in the Perth Basin and is one of the largest undeveloped onshore gas fields in Australia. The Warro reservoir section is about 3,750m below surface and has a thickness of approximately 500m. The gas is held within low porosity and low permeability Jurassic sandstones. The field is located 31km east of both the Dampier-to-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline and the Dongara-to-Perth Parmelia Pipeline.

In 2008, Latent Petroleum Pty Ltd (now a wholly owned subsidiary of WBE) entered into $100m partnership with Alcoa of Australia to fund the exploration of the Warro gas field.

The completion of wells Warro-3 to Warro-6 and subsequent testing have provided valuable information and insight of the Warro field. Results of these wells and the 3D seismic continue to be analysed to determine the best way forward for the project and proving the field commercial.


Latent Petroleum, as operator of the Warro Project, remains confident that the results of the moratorium will find in favour of the fracture stimulation process under a strong regulatory regime.

Latent is also very proud of the company’s implementation of environmental monitoring from the inception of our activities in 2008 and continued to expand this over the next ten years. The company is confident that many of the expected guidelines are already in place at Warro.

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