Serinus Announces 2017 Year End Reserves

CALGARY, Alberta, March 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Serinus Energy Inc. (“Serinus”, “SEN” or the “Company”) (TSX:SEN) (WARSAW:SEN), announces the results of the 2017 year-end evaluation of its oil and gas reserves.  The evaluation was prepared by the independent qualified reserves evaluator RPS Energy Canada Ltd. (“RPS”) in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities, and includes the reserves and contingent resources in Serinus’ Tunisian and Romanian properties. Company Gross Reserves – Using Forecast Prices             2017 2016  Oil/LiquidsGasBOE Oil/LiquidsGasBOEYoY Change  (Mbbl)(MMcf)(Mboe) (Mbbl)(MMcf)(Mboe)(%)          TUNISIA (Company Working Interest)Proved         Producing  438  1,028  609   1,068  1,985  1,399-56% Non-Producing  692  1,544  949   481  1,961  80818% Undeveloped  802  1,888  1,117   699  1,641  97315%Total Proved (1P)  1,932   4,459   2,675    2,247   5,587   3,178 -16%Probable  5,044  11,670  6,989   5,169  14,455  7,578-8%Total Proved & Probable (2P)  6,976   16,129   9,664    7,416   20,042   10,756 -10%          ROMANIA (Company Working Interest)Proved         Producing  –   –   –    –   –   – N/A Non-Producing  –   –   –    –   –   – N/A Undeveloped  12  6,111  1,031   –   –   – N/ATotal Proved (1P)  12   6,111   1,031    –    –    –  N/AProbable  27  8,686  1,475   –   –   – N/ATotal Proved & Probable (2P)  39   14,797   2,505    –    –    –  N/A         TOTAL COMPANYProved         Producing  438  1,028  609   1,068  1,985  1,399-56% Non-Producing  692  1,544  949   481  1,961  80818% Undeveloped  814  7,999  2,147   699  1,641  973121%Total Proved (1P)  1,944   10,570   3,706    2,247   5,587   3,178 17%Probable  5,071  20,356  8,464   5,169  14,455  7,57812%Total Proved & Probable (2P)  7,015   30,926   12,169    7,416   20,042   10,756 13%  Serinus encountered significant external and operational challenges in 2017, although the petroleum industry in general saw a recovery in relative oil prices towards the latter half of the year. The price of Brent Crude started at just over $56/bbl in early January, trading within a narrow band between $53/bbl and $57/bbl until early March before becoming more volatile with steep declines and recovery until the yearly low of $44.82/bbl on June 21, 2017. Brent Crude prices then began to gradually strengthen from June to the end of the year, reaching the yearly high of $67.02 on December 21, 2017. Brent crude  prices have sustained levels above $62/bbl in 2018 to date, exceeding $70/bbl for brief periods of trading. Total corporate 1P and 2P reserves increased in 2017 from 2016 by 17% and 13%, respectively.  Recovering commodity prices were the dominant factor in 2017, especially in the latter half.  These increased reserves volumes are due to the reclassification of a portion of the gas resources of the Moftinu structure in Romania from Contingent Resources to Reserves, offset by reserve reductions attributed to the Company’s Tunisia properties. There were positive and negative revisions which are discussed below.  Tunisia In Tunisia, 1P reserves decreased by 16%, while 2P reserves decreased by 10%.  The technical revisions to reserves are: Positive revisions included: Removing SAB N1 workover and replacing with SAB N2, which has a higher EUR at lower cost; andImprovement in SAB 11, WIN 13 and SAB NW1 production performance; and Negative revisions included: Reclassifications of Ech Chouech and Sanghar from Reserves to Contingent Resources;Decreased reserves due to reduced production performance at WIN 12bis; andDecreased reserves due to the removal of future development plans for CS-5, CS Sil-10, CS Sil-1 & CS-8bis Romania In Romania, the Moftinu Structure was classified as Reserves from its previous classification as contingent resources. Some of the key assumptions of Romanian reserves are: Total resources nearly doubled from 2016;Reclassification of A1, A2 and A3 sands to reserves from contingent resources;The 2017 YE reserves evaluation assumes three additional/replacement development wells; (1003, 1004, 1007) to be drilled and placed on production in 2018, with Moftinu-1006 to be drilled and placed on production in 2019;Almost no change to reserves as a result of the Moftinu-1001 uncontrolled well incident;~27 Mboe of gas escaped during the event, or 0.52% of the field’s total resources; andReplacing Moftinu-1001 with Moftinu-1007 had no material effect on the reserves for the field. Net Present Value of Future Net Revenues– After Tax, Using Forecast Prices         2017 2016   0%10%15% 0%10%15%YoY Change for PV10  (US$ millions) (US$ millions)       TUNISIAProved          Producing  (7.7)  (2.4)  (1.0)   (18.4)  (2.8)  0.8 14% Non-Producing  (6.6)  3.6   5.4    0.7   4.7   4.9 -23% Undeveloped  9.3   4.3   2.5    9.9   2.3   0.4 87%Total Proved (1P)  (4.9)  5.5    6.9     (7.8)  4.2    6.1  31%Probable   86.3   62.0   43.7    115.7   70.3   49.9 -12%Total Proved & Probable (2P)  81.4    67.5    50.6     107.9    74.5    56.0  -9%                ROMANIAProved          Producing  –    –    –     –    –    –  N/A Non-Producing  –    –    –     –    –    –  N/A Undeveloped  11.8   9.9   9.1    –    –    –  N/ATotal Proved (1P)  11.8    9.9    9.1     –     –     –   N/AProbable   40.3   32.2   29.1    –    –    –  N/ATotal Proved & Probable (2P)  52.1    42.1    38.2     –     –     –   N/A               TOTAL COMPANYProved          Producing  (7.7)  (2.4)  (1.0)   (18.4)  (2.8)  0.8 -14% Non-Producing  (6.6)  3.6   5.4    0.7   4.7   4.9 -23% Undeveloped  21.1   14.2   11.6    9.9   2.3   0.4 517%Total Proved (1P)  6.8    15.4    16.0     (7.8)  4.2    6.1  267%Probable   126.6   94.2   72.8    115.7   70.3   49.9 34%Total Proved & Probable (2P)  133.4    109.6    88.8     107.9    74.5    56.0  47%                 Net present values for Serinus’ Reserves Increased by 267% and 47% for 1P and 2P Reserves, respectively.  The contributing factors to the $11.2 million increase in the 1P PV10 valuation was the classification of Romania Contingent Resources in 2016 to reserves in 2017 and a slight increase in the valuation of Tunisian 1P Reserves. Contingent Resources In addition to the 1P and 2P Reserves assigned to the Company’s properties in Tunisia and Romania, Contingent Resources are also assigned to the Company’s properties, The Tunisian contingent resources are in the Development Pending sub-class and consist of the commercially recoverable resources in the Ech Chouech and Sanghar fields, which have been on production in the past using conventional primary recovery technology, but are currently shut in due to political uncertainties.  The specific contingency which prevents these resources from being classified as reserves is the Company decision to not return the fields to production status at this time given the political risks of social unrest in the area.  Return to production, and reclassification to reserves, is forecast to occur in the 2019 or 2020 timeframe.  The development costs to bring these contingent resources on to production are US$0.8 million. The Company has a 100% working interest in all properties attributed with contingent resources. The Romanian contingent resources are also in the Development Pending sub-class and consist of the resources behind pipe in three specific reservoir sand layers and which are recoverable using conventional primary gas recovery technology. The specific contingency which prevents these resources from being classified as reserves is the Company decision to recomplete a producing well to access recovery of gas resources from these sands, which is forecast to occur during 2019 and 2020. The development costs to bring these contingent resources on to production are estimated at US$ 0.4 million, US$1.2 million and US$1.55 million for the 1C, 2C, and 3C cases respectively. Company Gross Risked Contingent – Using Forecast Prices  TUNISIA – Contingent Resources (Company Working Interest) Resource Volumes (risked) AT NPV (risked)   Oil/LiquidsGasBOE 0%10%15% Chance of Development (Mbbl)(MMcf)(Mboe) (US$ millions) 1C Contingent Resources  81.6  69  89.5   (6.5)  (4.1)  (3.3) 90%2C Contingent Resources  217.4  192  250.0   (4.3)  (0.5)  0.1  90%3C Contingent Resources  351.5  328  405.7   (1.4)  2.2   2.1  90%              ROMANIA – Contingent Resources (Company Working Interest) Resource Volumes (risked) AT NPV (risked)   Oil/LiquidsGasBOE 0%10%15% Chance of Development (Mbbl)(MMcf)(Mboe) (US$ millions) 1C Contingent Resources  3.3  1,626  274.4   5.7   4.8   4.4  90%2C Contingent Resources  15.0  5,673  960.5   26.7   18.1   15.1  90%3C Contingent Resources  30.0  9,171  1,558.5   45.6   25.3   19.3  90%              TOTAL COMPANY Resource Volumes (risked) AT NPV (risked)   Oil/LiquidsGasBOE 0%10%15% Chance of Development (Mbbl)(MMcf)(Mboe) (US$ millions) 1C Contingent Resources  84.9  1,695  367.5   (0.8)  0.7   1.1  90%2C Contingent Resources  232.3  5,865  1,209.8   22.3   17.6   15.2  90%3C Contingent Resources  381.4  9,499  1,964.6   44.3   27.5   21.4  90%  Notes to Contingent Resources Table: Contingent Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of December 31, 2017 to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies.There is uncertainty that is will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the contingent resources. Serinus will concentrate on the development of the Moftinu Gas Development Project in Romania which is currently under construction with anticipated first gas in late Q2 2018.  The Company is also developing the drilling program for the Moftinu-1007, the replacement well for Moftinu-1001 after the recent well control incident and subsequent abandonment, as well as the Moftinu-1003 and Moftinu-1004 wells. The drilling of these wells should meet the work commitments for the extension of the Satu Mare Concession obtained on October 28, 2016. Reserve Evaluator Price Forecasts RPS used the following commodity price forecasts in preparing its evaluation of Serinus’ oil and gas properties:       Tunisia Domestic GasRomanian Gas Price Brent SabriaChouech  (US$/Bbl)(US$/Mcf)(US$/Mcf)(US$/MMBtu)201862.007.246.945.54201962.007.246.945.54202065.007.597.275.80202169.008.067.726.16202272.508.468.116.47202375.508.818.456.74202478.839.208.827.04202580.419.399.007.18202682.029.589.187.32202783.669.779.367.47202885.339.969.557.62202987.0410.169.747.77203088.7810.379.937.92203190.5510.5710.138.08203292.3610.7810.338.24203394.2111.0010.548.41203496.0911.2210.758.58203598.0211.4410.978.75203699.9811.6711.198.92      Abbreviations bblBarrel(s)bbl/dBarrels per dayboeBarrels of Oil Equivalentboe/dBarrels of Oil Equivalent per dayMcfThousand Cubic FeetMcf/dThousand Cubic Feet per dayMMcfMillion Cubic FeetMMcf/dMillion Cubic Feet per dayMcfeThousand Cubic Feet EquivalentMcfe/dThousand Cubic Feet Equivalent per dayMMcfeMillion Cubic Feet EquivalentMMcfe/dMillion Cubic Feet Equivalent per dayMboeThousand boeBcfBillion Cubic FeetMMboeMillion boeMcmThousand Cubic MetresUAHUkrainian HryvniaMMBtuMillion British Thermal UnitsCADCanadian DollarUSDU.S. Dollar Cautionary Statement:BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.  A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. All values of net present value of reserves and contingent resources shown in this press release do not necessarily represent fair market value. Test results are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.  The test data contained herein is considered preliminary until full pressure transient analysis is complete. About SerinusSerinus is an international upstream oil and gas exploration and production company that owns and operates projects in Tunisia and Romania. For further information, please refer to the Serinus website ( or contact the following: Serinus Energy Inc.Calvin BrackmanVice President, External Relations & StrategyTel.: +1-403-264-8877 cbrackman@serinusenergy.comSerinus Energy Inc. Jeffrey AuldChief Executive OfficerTel.: +1-403-264-8877    Translation: This news release has been translated into Polish from the English original. Forward-looking Statements This release may contain forward-looking statements made as of the date of this announcement with respect to future activities that either are not or may not be historical facts. Although the Company believes that its expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof, any potential results suggested by such statements involve risk and uncertainties and no assurance can be given that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements.  Various factors that could impair or prevent the Company from completing the expected activities on its projects include that the Company’s projects experience technical and mechanical problems, there are changes in product prices, failure to obtain regulatory approvals, the state of the national or international monetary, oil and gas, financial , political and economic markets in the jurisdictions where the Company operates and other risks not anticipated by the Company or disclosed in the Company’s published material. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in this announcement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement, unless required by law.