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Sino Gas And Energy Holdings Limited (ASX:SEH) Sanjiaobei Certified Resources Upgraded 153%
Sino Gas And Energy Holdings Limited (ASX:SEH) Sanjiaobei Certified Resources Upgraded 153%

Perth, Nov 14, 2011 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Sino Gas & Energy Holdings Limited's (googlechartASX:SEH) accelerated work program on the Sanjiaobei PSC in China's Ordos Basin has delivered significant increases in certified Resources as Sino Gas continues to push towards development.

Key results of the interim independent certification by resource industry consulting firm RISC on Sino Gas's Sanjiaobei project include:

- 2C (100%) Contingent Resources up 146% to 389 Bcf (February 2011: 158 Bcf);

- Mid Case (100%) Prospective Resources up 159% to 754 Bcf (February 2011: 291 Bcf);

- 2P proved plus probable (100%) Reserves up 33% to 8 Bcf (February 2011: 6 Bcf); and

- GIIP (Gas Initially in Place) (100%) up 127% to 4.2 Tcf (February 2011: 1.8 Tcf)

At year end RISC will update the valuation on both the Linxing and Sanjiaobei Projects and consider the increased resources, successful flow tests, increased gas recovery per well, updated field development plans and the general improvement in the gas price régime in China.

In February 2011, RISC reported the Sino Gas share of Mid Case NPV10 value of $US1.2 billion on both projects, with the RISC Mid Case NPV10 valuation on the Sanjiaobei PSC being $US 216 million.

Preliminary indications, which are subject to confirmation, indicate that the resource increase and gas price improvement should more than double Sino Gas's share of the Sanjiaobei project valuation to at least $US 500 million.

Sino Gas Executive Chairman Gavin Harper said that the significant resource upgrade keeps Sino Gas on target to move from explorer to development of its China gas projects.

"The 2011 work program has delivered a major resource upgrade, and moves the Sanjiaobei project towards early development with pre-production gas sales anticipated as early as mid 2012.

"Together with PetroChina Coal Bed Methane (PCCBM), Sino Gas is conducting a program designed to deliver the Chinese Reserves Report on the Sanjiaobei PSC. This represents a key part of the approvals for development of the project.

The Chinese Reserve Assessor, the National Centre for Coal Bed Methane (NCCBM), and Sino Gas have implemented a work program during 2011 in accordance with Chinese reserve regulations which has seen the completion of an extensive seismic program, drilling of a new well and multiple flow tests.

This work has delineated an area for the 1st phase of a development on the Sanjiaobei PSC and enabled locations for further wells to be identified. An additional well, SJB2 is currently being drilled, other wells will be drilled in early 2012", said Mr Harper.

In addition to the drilling of SJB2 on the Sanjiaobei PSC, Sino Gas is also flow testing the SJB1 well and conducting a Trial Production Operation (TPO) on its TB04 well. On Sino Gas's Linxing Project, Sino Gas is also drilling a well designated as TB10.

These activities will be completed around year-end and at that time Sino Gas will provide a full year update on its independently certified reserves and resources and valuation on both projects.

"Our development projects are well-located to existing infrastructure pipelines and demand hubs within Shanxi Province, China. The Reserves and Resources certification announced today enables us to confidently open discussions with potential customers", Mr Harper said.

Interim Reserves & Resources Certification on Sanjiaobei PSC

The interim Reserves and Resource certification was completed by RISC under the Society of Petroleum Engineers Petroleum Resource Management System (SPE PRMS), as at 1 November 2011, and details can be found from the link at the bottom of the release.

Under SPE PRMS, only those pay zones expected to be developed by the Company's planned Pilots program were classified by RISC as Reserves in this certification; there are other pay zones in various wells which if developed in subsequent Pilots would be considered by RISC as Reserves.

In determining the current Reserves and Resources, RISC have classified the resources into Contingent Resources and Prospective Resources, the difference being:

- Contingent Resources are associated with potential future development areas that have been confirmed by exploration and appraisal, and would be expected to mature to Reserves in phases as development plans for that phase are matured - supported by successful pilot test results; and

- Prospective Resources lie beyond the Discovered Area and would be expected to mature into Contingent Resources as further successful exploration proceeds.

For the complete Sino Gas & Energy Holdings Limited announcement including figures and tables, please view the following link:


Stephen Lyons
Managing Director
Sino Gas and Energy
Tel: +86-139-1148-1669

Gavin Harper
Sino Gas & Energy

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