SOIGF - STRATA OIL & GAS INC
Strata Oil & Gas Inc.
918 16th Avenue NW
Calgary, AB T2M O3K
Transfer Agent: Holladay Stock Transfer, Inc.
2939 North 67th Place
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251
About Strata ===========================================================
Leveraging Higher Oil
Our goal is to provide exceptional shareholder returns in a rising petroleum market. Our focus is to provide greater exposure to petroleum prices by maximizing our in-place resource per common share and minimizing shareholder dilution, looking exclusively to projects within North America, as a means to minimize risk. Our emphasis is on full-cycle exploration --- we believe that we can have a greater impact by developing our own exploration projects rather than acquiring advanced projects from others.
Strata Oil & Gas is focused on the exploration and development of heavy oil / oil sands in Western Canada.
For a non-technical overview of our exploration and development strategy, click here.
Heavy oil and oil sands are very viscous and do not flow easily, and are primarily found in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin which extends from the Yukon and Northwest Territories, through northeastern British Columbia, Alberta and central Saskatchewan.
Alberta's oil sands reserves represent approximately 54,363 square miles, and cover 4 main regions Athabasca/Wabasca, Cold Lake, and Peace River.
These deposits contain enough oil that if only 30% were extracted, it could supply the entire needs of North America for over 100 years at current consumption levels. Current established reserves -- defined as those that are recoverable using current technologies -- have placed Canada second only to Saudi Arabia in known economic reserves. The total estimated in-place resource for heavy oil / oil sands in Canada is approximately 2.5 trillion barrels, making it the largest known petroleum resource in the world.
Today, our oil sands land base comprises approximately 72,000 acres. Of that, nearly 71,000 acres (approximately 110 sections) is in the Peace River oil sands region which are estimated to contain more than 188 billion barrels of oil, and an additional 1,280 acres (2 sections) in the Wabasca oil sands which are estimated to contain in excess of 94 billion barrels of oil [Alberta Department of Energy, Cold Heavy Oil Production With Sand In The Canadian Heavy Oil Industry, Dr. Maurice Dusseault, March 2002].
Strata's Peace River oil sands parcels are located in 2 areas. Our Cadotte blocks are located immediately adjacent to Shell Canada's Peace River block and 12 miles to the northwest of Blackrock's Seal project. Our Bearhead blocks are located approximately 35 miles to the southwest of the Seal project and about 40 miles to the south of the Peace River complex.
The Seal leases are estimated to contain 2 billion barrels of bitumen and are producing close to 15,000 bpd, and the Peace River complex is estimated to contain 7 billion barrels of bitumen and is producing 9,000 bpd. Blackrock's Seal project production tends to draw from an average bitumen interval of 5 to 18 meters in thickness, and is Canada's second lowest cost producer, even measured against conventional oil producers, at an average operating cost of around $5-6 CDN per barrel. Development of the Peace River oil sands is still considered early-stage relative to Athabasca. Production is expected to increase in the region.
The oil sands in the Peace River area tend to vary in thickness. Production in the area, which was once thought to require expensive thermal operations, has now been shown to also support a non-thermal (cold) production model (like conventional primary production but with sand) (ex. the Seal project, at approximately 10-11 degrees API).
Strata's Peace River projects are being evaluated and exploration is being carried out.
Strata's Drowned Area oil sands project is to the south of the Brintnell-Pelican Lake oil sands deposit. CNRL's Pelican Lake project (80% CNRL, 20% EnCana) contains more than 3 billion in-place barrels of oil, of which as much as 12% is recoverable using current technologies. Production is in the range of 20,000 bpd, and is expected to increase. Pelican Lake is Canada's lowest cost oil producer, at an average operating cost of less than $5 CDN per barrel. The oil sands in this area are in a thin pool (in the range of 4 to 6 meters) but spread out over a large area, like a vast but shallow underground lake of oil. Although technically oil sands, they are conventional in the sense that non-thermal production methods can be used (cold production, whereby the oil and the sand are all extracted together and sent via pipeline from Pelican Lake to Hardisty for processing.