CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 -- Artek Exploration Ltd. ("Artek" or the "Company") (TSX: RTK) - Artek exited 2012 at a record production level of over 4,000 boe/d (approximately 44% oil and natural gas liquids). On the back of this success, Artek is pleased to announce its 2013 capital expenditure budget of $55 to $58 million which contemplates the drilling of approximately 14 to 15 gross (8 to 9 net) wells. The currently planned capital program will be weighted 100% to projects targeting oil and condensate with associated natural gas which deliver the best returns and upside, including up to 10 gross (6.1 net) horizontal wells in the condensate rich Inga/Fireweed area, 3 to 4 gross (1.2 to 1.6 net) vertical wells in the Leduc Woodbend area and 1 gross (1.0 net) horizontal well in the Peace River Arch area of Alberta.
After a production focused year driven by the validation of the Company's Inga Doig play and a development program at Leduc Woodbend, Artek plans to allocate up to 30% of its planned capital investment on exploration projects and the potential value upside they represent. The Company will monitor commodity prices closely, and has the ability to react to any significant changes in market conditions throughout the year. Assuming the capital program is carried out in its entirety, 2013 average production is forecast to be approximately 4,000 boe/d, of which approximately 43% to 44% is forecast to comprise crude oil and natural gas liquids. This would represent more than 40% growth over Artek's 2012 estimated average production. Exit production is forecast to be approximately 4,300 to 4,400 boe/d. Assuming 2013 commodity prices of $3.00 per GJ AECO for natural gas and $95.00 bbl WTI (US$) for crude oil, the Company forecasts 2013 annual cash flow of approximately $34 to $36 million.
The Inga/Fireweed program, representing over 85% of total capital investment, targets a balance of development, pool extension, exploration drilling and strategic facility and land investment. Six (3.6 net) of the ten wells planned will focus on Artek's Inga condensate rich Doig play where first month gross production rates from its first 10 horizontal wells have averaged approximately 1,200 boe/d (52% natural gas liquids). Artek continues to add to its land position in the area and now has over 18,500 Ha (10,800 net) or over 70 gross sections with Doig mineral rights on which the Company estimates there are 58 Doig horizontal locations (35 net) based on its mapping. Up to 4 gross (2.5 net) horizontal wells are considered to be exploratory, targeting new Doig pools and the Montney formation which the Company believes to have the potential to be liquids rich. In addition, Artek has accumulated over 21,300 Ha (12,900 net) or approximately 80 sections of land with Montney mineral rights in and around its operated facility and pipeline network in the greater Inga/Fireweed area. The capital program also includes approximately $3 million in facility investment that should increase Artek's capacity from 18 mmcf/d to approximately 28 mmcf/d and also $3.5 to $4 million for land and seismic. The Company's strategic holdings and infrastructure tie-in to the Spectra mainline and plant and another third party processing facility with medium and deeper cut liquids extraction capabilities, in addition to straddling the Alliance pipeline system and the Alaska highway. All of the above give Artek multiple transportation and processing options and optimal flexibility in pursuing greater liquids extraction alternatives and anticipated operating netback improvements.
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