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PAN ORIENT ANNOUNCES MARCH 31, 2022 CONTINGENT BITUMEN RESOURCES FOR SAWN LAKE, ALBERTA SAGD PROJECT OF ANDORA ENERGY CORPORATION

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CALGARY, AB, June 13, 2022 /CNW/ - Pan Orient Energy Corp. (POE: TSXV), on behalf of its 71.8% owned subsidiary Andora Energy Corporation ("Andora"), is pleased to release the March 31, 2022 Contingent Bitumen Resources Report ("Resources Report") which is a National Instrument 51-101 compliant resources evaluation for Andora's oil sands interests at Sawn Lake Alberta, Canada, as evaluated by independent qualified reserves evaluator Sproule Associates Limited ("Sproule"). The evaluation included all of Andora's Oil Sands Leases at Sawn Lake based on exploitation using Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage ("SAGD").

Pan Orient Energy Corp. logo (CNW Group/Pan Orient Energy Corp.)
Pan Orient Energy Corp. logo (CNW Group/Pan Orient Energy Corp.)

Please note that unless otherwise stated, amounts are in Canadian dollars and volumes and financial amounts are net to Andora.

Highlights of Sawn Lake, Alberta Contingent Resources Report as of March 31, 2022

  • The Resources Report reflects the development plan for Sawn Lake Central and Sawn Lake South of staged development with five standardized "battery scale" SAGD facilities where growth is primarily funded by cash flow generated by the project. The SAGD batteries are 5000 to 6000 barrels of bitumen per day (BOPD) each and utilize Andora's proprietary Produced Water Boiler ("PWB") technology which uses water from SAGD production to generate steam and meet water recycle requirements in Alberta. This strategy significantly reduces financial, reservoir and operating risk.

  • Contingent resources have been assigned to the Sawn Lake Central and Sawn Lake South blocks of Sawn Lake. The unrisked "Best Estimate" contingent resources for Andora are 292.0 million barrels of bitumen recoverable (209.6 million barrels net to Pan Orient's 71.8% interest in Andora).

  • Andora is the operator of both these blocks and holds a 75% working interest in the 11 sections of the Central Block, which have been assigned 214.3 million barrels of unrisked recoverable bitumen (net to Andora's interests) and holds a 100% working interest in the 16 sections of the South Block, which have been assigned 77.7 million barrels of unrisked recoverable bitumen.

  • The unrisked "Best Estimate" net present value, discounted at 15%, for Andora's interests is $192 million on an after-tax basis ($138 million net to Pan Orient's 71.8% interest in Andora).

  • The Resources Report assigned an 85% chance of development for Sawn Lake, and the risked "Best Estimate" contingent resources for Andora are 248.2 million barrels of bitumen recoverable (178.2 million barrels net to Pan Orient's 71.8% interest in Andora). The risked "Best Estimate" net present value, discounted at 15%, for Andora's interests is $165 million on an after-tax basis ($118 million net to Pan Orient's 71.8% interest in Andora).

  • The Resources Report forecasts bitumen production from 2023 to 2084, with maximum unrisked "Best Estimate" production net to Andora of 20,378 BOPD in 2036. The unrisked "Best Estimate" evaluation indicates that the maximum cumulative year-end financing requirement, being cumulative cash flow of operating income less capital expenditures and income tax, is $18.2 million in Year 4.

  • The first stage of commercial development is at Sawn Lake Central (where Andora is operator with a 75% working interest) to reactivate the existing SAGD facility and wellpair and drill of an additional wellpair. On a 100% working interest basis, the estimated cost is $10 million and forecast production is 1,237 BOPD. A further expansion is forecast in year three with the drilling of three more wellpairs plus facilities work, which are estimated on a 100% working interest basis, at a capital cost of $31 million to increase production to 2,990 BOPD. Regulatory approval for the Sawn Lake commercial operation to 3200 BOPD was received in December 2017.

Resources Report

  • The Update of the Evaluation of the Contingent Bitumen Resources in the Sawn Lake Area of Alberta of Andora Energy Corporation as of March 31, 2022 by Sproule evaluated Andora's interests at the Sawn Lake Alberta oil sands project. Contingent resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations by the application of development projects, but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. The contingent resources volumes estimated in the Sproule report are considered contingent until such time as there are additional delineation wells confirming reservoir quality and continuity, refinement of the commercial development plan, regulatory approval for full field development, corporate commitment to move forward and financing for commercial development. Contingent resources are further classified as "High", "Best" and "Low" in accordance with the level of certainty.

  • Sproule classifies the project evaluation status of the contingent resource volumes to be at the Development Studies level. The contingent resource volumes are classified as Development Pending with respect to project maturity. Sproule evaluated the Company's development plan for the contingent resources to be Economically Viable in the aggregate, although there may be individual locations within the project which may be uneconomic.

  • Contingent resource volumes in the Resources Report have been assigned an 85% chance of development by Sproule. This chance of development risk factor is an aggregation of risk factors attributable to the identified contingencies. There is uncertainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the reported contingent resources volumes.

  • The Resources Report identified key positive and negative factors for development of the Bluesky formation in the Sawn Lake area. Key positive factors include: the abundance of well data available from penetrations on and surrounding the Company lands (petrophysical, geophysical and production history); the presence of successful analog SAGD projects; and the successful pilot project at the 16-30-91-12W5M location. Key negative factors include: access to the funding required to develop the resource base; sensitivity to low commodity pricing which will impact the economics of development; environmental and regulatory approval for approval of bitumen development, pipelines and other infrastructure; higher Alberta or Federal Carbon tax, income tax or royalties; and market egress.

  • The March 31, 2022 Contingent Resources Report represents an update of a September 30, 2019 Contingent Resources Report which was also prepared by Sproule. There is no change to the geology, the well type curves or the assigned development risk. The March 31, 2022 report has been updated for:

Sawn Lake SAGD Development

Andora holds interests in 27 sections (24.25 net sections) of heavy oilsands leases in Sawn Lake, within the central Alberta Peace River Oil Sands region.  Andora is focused on developing the bitumen resources at Sawn Lake using SAGD development.  Contingent resources have been assigned to the Sawn Lake Central and Sawn Lake South where Andora is the operator.

A SAGD demonstration project at the Sawn Lake Central block commenced in 2013 and consisted of one SAGD wellpair drilled to a depth of 650 meters and a horizontal length of 780 meters and a SAGD facility for steam generation, water handling and bitumen treating.  Steam injection commenced in May 2014 and produced bitumen from September 2014 to February 2016. The demonstration project reached a steady state production level in February 2016 of 620 BOPD with an instantaneous steam-oil ratio ("ISOR") of 2.1. The demonstration project successfully captured the key data associated with the objectives of the demonstration project and operations were suspended at the end of February 2016.  The demonstration project proved that the SAGD process works in the Bluesky formation at Sawn Lake, established characteristics of ramp up through stabilization of SAGD performance, indicated the productive capability, ISOR, and provided critical information required for well and facility design associated with future commercial development.  Production results to date are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery and the Sawn Lake demonstration project has not yet proven that it is commercially viable. 

The development plan for Sawn Lake Central and Sawn Lake South is for development in stages with five standardized "battery scale" SAGD facilities where growth is primarily funded by net operating income generated by the project.  After tax cash flow in the Sproule evaluation is Andora's share of revenue less royalty burden, operating expenses, abandonments, capital expenditures and income tax. The first phase of commercial expansion of the demonstration project SAGD facility to 2,990 BOPD is done in two stages with reactivation of the existing facility and wellpair, installation and testing of Andora's PWB and drilling of an additional four wellpairs. Regulatory approval was received in December 2017 for commercial expansion of the existing Sawn Lake Central demonstration project to 3200 BOPD using Andora's PWB. Further stages of development include expansion to 5000 BOPD of the first SAGD battery and then an additional four SAGD batteries which are located in the best parts of the reservoir. The timing of individual batteries is dependent on regulatory approval and after-tax cash flow from existing operations for funding of new investment. Volume estimates are on a 100% working interest basis.

It is recognized that stable crude oil prices, and specifically Western Canada Select benchmark prices, will have a significant impact on project economics and financing, and on decisions regarding the timing and extent of future development.

Andora Sawn Lake, Alberta Interests at March 31, 2022


Gross
Sections

Working
Interest

Unrisked Best Estimate
Contingent Resources -
Company Gross (million barrels)

Central Block (Andora operated)

11

75 %

214.3

South Block (Andora operated)

16

100 %

77.7


27


292.0

Summary of Contingent Bitumen Resources as of March 31, 2022 as provided by Sproule

Marketable Resources - Company Gross (million barrels)

Andora

Pan Orient
71.8%

Risked (evaluation assigned an 85% chance of development)

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

221.3

158.9

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

248.2

178.2

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

291.3

209.1

Unrisked



    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

260.3

186.9

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

292.0

209.6

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

342.7

246.1

Sawn Lake Oil Sands Project

Summary of Net Present Values as of March 31, 2022

Contingent Resources as provided by Sproule

Andora 100% (Cdn$ million)

Net Present Values Before Tax (Risked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

4,871

1,219

417

174

81

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

6,247

1,518

521

223

109

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

8,770

1,907

619

259

126

Net Present Values After Tax (Risked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

3,726

927

312

127

56

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

4,788

1,157

392

165

78

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

6,732

1,457

469

193

92

Net Present Values Before Tax (Unrisked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

5,727

1,432

490

204

95

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

7,346

1,784

612

261

127

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

10,315

2,241

727

304

148

Net Present Values After Tax (Unrisked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

4,379

1,087

365

147

65

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

5,628

1,358

459

192

91

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

7,916

1,711

549

226

107

1

 For risked resources and values, the evaluation assigned an 85% chance of development for Sawn Lake.

2

Resources assessed at forecast crude oil reference prices and costs.

3

Bitumen production is forecast to commence in 2023.

4

The reference prices for heavy oil per barrel (Western Canada Select "WCS" 20.5 API in Canadian dollars)
are $87.81 for 2023, $74.99 for 2024, $76.49 for 2025, $78.02 for 2026, $79.58 for 2027, $81.18 for 2028,
$82.80 for 2029 and increase at 2% per year thereafter. 

5

Bitumen revenue per barrel for these resources is $23.31 less than the associated WCS reference price in
2023 and the differential increases approximately 1.5% per year.

6

The reference prices for natural gas (AECO-C Spot price per MMBTU in Canadian dollars) are $4.29 for
2023, $3.02 for 2024, $3.08 for 2025, $3.14 for 2026, $3.21 for 2027, $3.27 for 2028, $3.34 for 2029 and
increase at 2% per year thereafter.

7

Future development costs (including inflation of 0% per annum for 2023 and 2% per annum thereafter) for
Contingent Resources which have been deducted in calculating the before tax NPV:


▪ Unrisked Low Estimate – CDN$3,444 million with the drilling of 358 gross well pairs and building facilities


▪ Unrisked Best Estimate – CDN$3,567 million with the drilling of 358 gross well pairs and building facilities


▪ Unrisked High Estimate – CDN$3,765 million with the drilling of 358 gross well pairs and building facilities

8

The values disclosed may not represent fair market value.

9

There is uncertainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources. 








Sawn Lake Oil Sands Project

Summary of Net Present Values as of March 31, 2022

Contingent Resources as provided by Sproule


Pan Orient 71.8% Interest in Andora (Cdn$ million)


Net Present Values Before Tax (Risked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

3,497

875

300

125

58

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

4,485

1,090

374

160

78

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

6,297

1,369

445

186

90

Net Present Values After Tax (Risked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

2,675

665

224

91

40

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

3,438

830

282

118

56

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

4,834

1,046

337

139

66

Net Present Values Before Tax (Unrisked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

4,112

1,029

352

146

68

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

5,275

1,281

439

188

91

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

7,406

1,609

522

218

106

Net Present Values After Tax (Unrisked)

0 %

5 %

10 %

15 %

20 %

    Contingent - Low Estimate "1C"

3,144

780

262

106

47

    Contingent - Best Estimate "2C"

4,041

975

330

138

65

    Contingent - High Estimate "3C"

5,683

1,229

394

162

77

1

Results represent Pan Orient's 71.8% interest in Andora.

2

For risked resources and values, the evaluation assigned an 85% chance of development for Sawn Lake.

3

Resources assessed at forecast crude oil reference prices and costs.

4

Bitumen production is forecast to commence in 2023.

5

The reference prices for heavy oil per barrel (Western Canada Select "WCS" 20.5 API in Canadian dollars)
are $87.81 for 2023, $74.99 for 2024, $76.49 for 2025, $78.02 for 2026, $79.58 for 2027, $81.18 for 2028,
$82.80 for 2029 and increase at 2% per year thereafter. 

6

Bitumen revenue per barrel for these resources is $23.31 less than the associated WCS reference price
in 2023 and the differential increases approximately 1.5% per year.

7

The reference prices for natural gas (AECO-C Spot price per MMBTU in Canadian dollars) are $4.29 for 2023,
$3.02 for 2024, $3.08 for 2025, $3.14 for 2026, $3.21 for 2027, $3.27 for 2028, $3.34 for 2029 and increase at
2% per year thereafter.

8

Future development costs (including inflation of 0% per annum for 2023 and 2% per annum thereafter) for
Contingent Resources which have been deducted in calculating the before tax NPV:


▪Unrisked Low Estimate – CDN$2,472 million with the drilling of 358 gross well pairs and building facilities


▪Unrisked Best Estimate – CDN$2,561 million with the drilling of 358 gross well pairs and building facilities


▪ Unrisked High Estimate – CDN$2,703 million with the drilling of 358 gross well pairs and building facilities

9

The values disclosed may not represent fair market value.

10

There is uncertainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources. 









 

Pan Orient is a Calgary, Alberta based oil and gas exploration and production company with operations located onshore Thailand and in Western Canada.

This news release contains forward-looking information.  Forward-looking information is generally identifiable by the terminology used, such as "expect", "believe", "estimate", "should", "anticipate" and "potential" or other similar wording.  Forward-looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, references to: the development plan for Sawn Lake Central and Sawn Lake South; estimates of contingent resources; volumes of recoverable bitumen; estimates of net present value; chance of development; forecast bitumen production; financing requirements; capital costs; price forecasts; commencement of commercial production; and estimates of tax pools, non-capital loss carry-forwards and royalty thresholds.  By their very nature, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release require Pan Orient and its management to make assumptions that may not materialize or that may not be accurate. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results, expectations, achievements or performance to differ materially, including without limitation: imprecision of resources estimates and estimates of recoverable quantities of bitumen, obtaining and timing of regulatory approvals, changes in project schedules, operating and reservoir performance, the effects of weather and climate change, the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities, demand for oil and gas, commercial negotiations, other technical and economic factors or revisions and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Pan Orient.  Although Pan Orient believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurances that the expectations of any forward-looking statements will prove to be correct.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE Pan Orient Energy Corp.

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