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Laricina Energy Ltd. (“Laricina” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a financing agreement, on a best-efforts basis, with a syndicate of agents co-led by Peters & Co. Limited and BMO Capital Markets in respect of an equity private placement of a minimum of $250 million and up to $400 million of common shares at a price of $40 to $45 per common share (the “Brokered Offering”).
In conjunction with the Brokered Offering, Laricina will also complete, on a private placement basis, a non-brokered offering of common shares at the same price per common share as the Brokered Offering to certain insiders of the Company (the “Non-Brokered Offering”).
The Brokered Offering and Non-Brokered Offering are scheduled to close on or about June 30, 2011. Laricina expects to use the proceeds to further develop the Company’s assets, in particular, the continued advancement of the Germain commercial demonstration project (“Germain CDP”) which is currently under construction, advancement of future commercial expansion phases at Saleski and Germain, and for general corporate purposes.
On December 23, 2010 Laricina commenced the injection of steam into the Grosmont carbonate formation at its Saleski pilot project (“Saleski Pilot”). First production from the Saleski Pilot has been achieved and the Company is selling produced bitumen into the market. Laricina continues to transition from steaming to production at the Saleski Pilot and is looking forward to increasing production as it advances its pilot program. Laricina believes that the Saleski Pilot, which has an approved capacity of up to 1,800 barrels per day, is the world’s first steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project in the Grosmont carbonate formation, one of Alberta’s largest in situ bitumen resources. The regulatory application for the first Saleski commercial expansion phase of 10,700 barrels per day was filed in December 2010.
The 5,000 barrel-per-day Germain CDP is currently under construction with steam injection expected to commence in late 2012. In late 2010 Laricina contracted to construct a super-single drilling rig that will be dedicated to horizontal drilling at Germain, and it remains on schedule for delivery in June 2011. Drilling of the initial horizontal wells at Germain is scheduled to begin mid 2011. The rig will also be suitable for drilling future horizontal wells at Saleski. Work for the 3-phase, 150,000-barrel-per-day expansion of the Germain project is also underway with the proposed terms of reference, project description and notice of application released in the first quarter.
Alberta’s oil sands will continue to play an important role in the global energy mix for the foreseeable future and are vitally important to the Canadian economy, Canadian jobs and energy security. The oil sands industry as a whole is making dramatic progress in environmental management by developing practical technologies and through the application of best practices.
About Laricina Energy Ltd.
Laricina’s goal is to create value by developing Canada’s oil sands using innovative in situ technologies. The Company has a diverse portfolio of oil sands assets at varied stages of development, and experienced people with the requisite technical expertise. Laricina has identified five core areas with commercial production potential in excess of 600,000 gross barrels of bitumen per day from a large concentrated resource base with approximately 4.6 billion barrels net recoverable bitumen as determined by Laricina’s independent reservoir engineers. These assets range from the familiar oil sands in the McMurray Formation to less developed and less mature Grand Rapids as well as the Grosmont and Winterburn carbonate plays, all of which offer significant resource potential.
Laricina is a privately-held, Calgary based, responsible energy company that will contribute supply to the growing demand for crude oil through in situ oil sands development.
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of such statements under applicable securities law including the expected closing of the equity private placement and the use of proceeds from the private placement. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. Forward-looking statements are based on Laricina’s experience and current beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, Laricina, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, those associated with resource definition, unanticipated costs and expenses, regulatory approvals, fluctuating oil and gas prices, and the ability to access sufficient capital to finance future acquisitions and development. Although the Company believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions and factors discussed in this information release are not exhaustive and readers are not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Laricina disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, subsequent to the date of this message, except as required under applicable securities legislation. The forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements.
Laricina’s common shares are not traded on any stock exchange in Canada and thus are not subject to regulation by any Canadian stock exchange. Laricina’s securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements of such Act. As a result, Laricina is not presently subject to the reporting, certification or other requirements imposed on U.S. registered issuers under, among other things, U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
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