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Athabasca Resources

Athabasca Resources Limited

Investor Overview

Overview & Strategy

Santiago Investor Conference

21 June 2014


Important Notice


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athabasca oil sands overview

Athabasca Resources

  • The Chard Field:
  • The Chard Leases contain 31 contiguous sections (gross 19,840 acres/ 81 km2)
  • 240 million barrels of oil in place within the McMurray formation.
  • Infrastructure in place: Public highway and railroad crossing the field. Chard is close to existing 3rd party facilities for crude-synthetic oil conversion for transportation in pipelines.
  • Active area with producing units in the area (20 miles) such as Statoil, EnCana, ConocoPhillips, Nexen/ PetroCanada, PetroBank, Devon, Meg Energy and Cenovus Energy.
  • Athabasca farm-in 50% of four licenses currently owned by Nordic Petroleum ASA.
Athabasca Oil Sands - Overview

Source: DeGolyer & MacNaughton 2012

canadian oil sands the 3rd largest oil reserve in the world

Athabasca Resources

Canadian Oil Sands – The 3rd Largest Oil Reserve In The World
  • Canadian Oil Sands makes Canada no. 3among reserve holders of hydrocarbons in the world.
  • 175 billion barrels ultimately recoverable reserves.
  • Current oil sands production has risen to more than 1.5 million barrels per day.
  • By 2024 oil sands production is projected to 3.7 million barrels per day, and in situ is expected to deliver nearly two-thirds of that increase.
  • Strategic proximity to the US, the world’s largest oil market.
  • Stable political environment.
  • Oil Sands is the fastest growing source of oil in Canada:

Source:; Canadian Association of Petroleum producers; MIT Technology Review, January 2012;;

athabasca a part of the chard field

Athabasca Resources

Athabasca – A Part Of The Chard Field

Middle Channel

  • Geology:
  • McMurray Sand Formation: Upper, Middle & Lower channels
  • Upper channel thickness: between 5 – 7 m
  • Middle channel thickness: between 3 – 30 m
  • Lower channel thickness: between 10 – 50 m
  • Formation Depth: between 200 – 360 m
  • Heavy Oil :
  • Gravity estimated: API 9 - 12
  • Porosity: 27 – 35 %
  • Oil Saturation: Approx. 70 – 75 %
  • Permeability: 2 – 6 Darcy
  • Channel identification on the map:
  • Green: indicates layers above 10 m
  • Red: indicates layers above 8 m
  • Layers above 5 meters: indicated with a 5 m line
  • Section with above 8 meters: 7 sections on the western side of the leases holds the majority of the oil

Lower Channel

Source: DeGolyer & MacNaughton 2012

facts the chard field has oil resources in place

Athabasca Resources

Facts - The Chard Field Has Oil Resources in Place
  • 50% ownership with a 2.5% overriding royalty.
  • 31 sections (81 km2). Third party evaluated bitumen in place of 240 million barrels.
  • Resources confirmed by commissioned geological studies by geologist DeGolyer & MacNaughton in 2012 based on logs originally drilled for gas extraction and water.
  • DeGolyer & MacNaughton estimate 240 MM Bbl Original Oil In Place (OOIP), whereof:
    • 127 MM Bbl of oil with thickness above 8 meters.
    • 70 MM Bbl with thickness 10 meters and more.
  • Current SAGD recovery rate in the industry is currently up to 60%.
  • DeGeolyer & MacNaughton has estimated a recovery level of 31% - 48% for Chard.
  • DeGolyer & MacNaughton has therefore estimated the following contingent resources:
    • High level: 60 MM Bbl at 48% recovery
    • Mid level: 28 MM Bbl at 40% recovery
    • Low level: 21 MM Bbl at 31% recovery
  • A staged development of the land will be based on proven extraction technologies such as CSS, SAGD, THAI or Electrodes or a combination thereof.
      • The immediate work program is expected to include 8 core wells.
      • The work program that will take place on 7 of the 31 sections has the following objectives:
        • to learn more about the contingent resources
        • to verify the quality of the oil
        • to prepare for pilot programme.

Source: DeGolyer & MacNaughton 2012;

athabasca is located close to other oil sands exploration companies in athabasca

Athabasca Resources

Athabasca Is Located Close To Other Oil Sands Exploration Companies In Athabasca

Athabasca Resources’ Chard Field

Meg Energy’s Christina Lake field is approx 15 km south of Chard and is currently producing in the same formation as Chard Meg Energy has 2P reserves of 1.7bn barrels in 80 sections



Source: The Terracon Group

surrounding area is covered by active oil sands companies

Athabasca Resources

Surrounding Area Is Covered By Active Oil Sands Companies
  • MEG Energy – Christina Lake (just south of Chard)
  • Currently producing 26 400 bpd from 8 API bitumen. Expanding to 210.000 bpd by 2020. Upgrading facility nearby and pipeline to Edmonton.
  • EnCana – Christina Lake8 API bitumen. Estimated start of production 2013. Capacity 120.000 bpd
  • Conoco Phillips - Surmount Phase I (north of Chard)
  • Production start 2008. 27.000 bpd.
  • ConocoPhillips - Surmount Phase II
  • 7-9 API. Engineering underway. Estimated start of production 2013. Capacity 83.000 bpd.
  • Jacos- Hanging stone (north west of Chard)
  • Demo project. Production start 1999. Capacity 10.000 bpd initially increasing to 100.000 bopd
  • Petrobank - May River Phase I. (south of Chard)
  • Demonstration plant. Using toe-to-heel air injection (THAI) technology. Production has started. Initial capacity of 10.000 bpd after start-up phase. Ultimate production up to 100.000 bpd.
  • Devon - Jackfish I
  • Operating. Capacity 35.000 bpd. Jackfish II. (South of Chard). Under construction. Estimated start of production 2011. Capacity 35.000 bpd. Plan upgrade to 100.000 bopd
  • Statoil. Kai Kos Dehseh – Leismer
  • Estimated start of production in 2Q 2011. Initial production 10 000 rising to 20 000 bopd at year-end. Production estimated at 80 000 bopd by 2016 and to top 200.000 bpd on projects currently applied for. Can reach 300 000 bopd according to partner PTTEP after 2018.

Source: Public presentations and announcements from the respective companies listed above and

chard oil sands is an in situ project

Athabasca Resources

Chard Oil Sands Is An ”In Situ” Project
  • About 80% of the oil sands in Alberta are buried too deep below the surface for open pit mining. This oil must be recovered by in situ techniques.
  • Production from in situ is already being preferred to open pit mining and will in the future be replacing mining as the main source of bitumen production from the oil sands.
  • Chard is an in situ project ("in situ" is Latin for "in place“) that may be recoverable using one or more of the following technologies: CSS, SAGD, THAI or Electrodes.
  • Using drilling technology, heat is introduced (using steam, electrodes or other methods) into the oil sand deposit to lower the viscosity of the bitumen.
  • The hot bitumen migrates towards producing wells, bringing it to the surface while the sand is left in place.
  • SAGD can produce a smooth, even production that can be as high as 70% to 80% of oil in place in suitable reservoirs.


Source: ;; MIT Technology Review, January 2012;


Athabasca Resources

New Technologies Provides Access To Thinner Layers & Incentives Are In Place To Promote Further Innovation

  • Major In Situ Technologies
  • CSS - Cyclic Steam Stimulation
      • Several technologies rely on steam to heat and soften the bitumen underground allowing it to flow to production wells. CSS and is considered economic only in very high-grade, relatively homogeneous oil sands reservoirs. Recovery factor is estimated to be approximately 20%- 25%.
  • SAGD - Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage
  • SAGD are considered economic only in very high-grade, relatively homogeneous oil sands reservoirs. Thermally, SAGD is twice as efficient as the older cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) process, and it results in far fewer wells being damaged by high pressure. Recovery factor is estimated to recover up to 60% and is cheaper to operate than CSS. Most major Canadian oil companies operating in the Athabasca region are using or plan to use SAGD.
  • VAPEX - Vapor Extraction Process
  • Similar to SAGD but instead of steam, hydrocarbon solvents are injected into the upper well to dilute the bitumen and allow it to flow into the lower well.
  • ET-DSP Electro Thermal Dynamic Stripping Process
  • The recovery factor was over 75%, energy used per barrel was 23% less than anticipated and peak production rates were better than expected.
  • THAI - Toe to Heel Air Injection
  • Has the potential to recover 70-80 percent of bitumen-in-place versus 20-60 % from current in-situ CSS and SAGD technologies.
  • Thinner reservoirs (less than 10 meters) can be a target for THAI® as only one horizontal well is required compared to two horizontal wells with SAGD and is less sensitive to the presence of top or bottom water.
  • Steam Flooding – In Combination with SAGD
  • Enhances the recovery by up to 20% and is currently being tested in by Sinopec in China in thin layers >5 meters.
  • Innovative Energy Technologies Program
  • Alberta’s Innovative Energy Technologies Program (IETP) offers royalty adjustments of up to $10 million per pilot project that demonstrates the use of new or
  • innovative technologies to increase environmentally sound recovery of existing reserves and encourages responsible development of new oil.







Source:,; McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. (McDaniel THAI® Transition Report); Sinopec China


oil recovery services ltd ors

Athabasca Resources



  • Proven technology platform: ORS offers a complete and unique solution to recover bitumen and oil in situ from heavy oil and tar sands using environmentally friendly organic enzymes.
  • Cost effective solution: The ORS technology has applications in Enhanced Oil Recovery and Waste Water Remediation.
  • Environmentally friendly/low risk operation: Environmentally friendly technology that will revolutionise production of oil from tar sands in Athabasca and elsewhere.
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Athabasca Resources






Athabasca Resources

1-3 Year Growth Strategy – Upgrade, Acquire, Produce

Working Assumptions

  • Upgrading
    • Upgrade existing contingent resources through a Work Program that will include laboratory testing, commission 3rd party reserve report and begin field development program for pilot production.
  • Acquire
    • Evaluate neighboring and/ or strategic acreage for possible purchase or farm-in to grow portfolio of resources and reserves.
  • Establish pilot production
    • Pursue tests and establish a small production development for up to 1,000 Bbls/day to prove economic recoverable reserves.
    • Continue to upgrade the licences by further core drilling program.
    • Convert contingent resources to reserves.
  • Establish production facility
    • Establish production wells targeting initial best case production figures.
    • Continue exploration on the licenses.
    • Continue the organic and acquisitive growth.

Source: Company Analysis


Athabasca Resources

Management Team & Board

Julian Hamilton Barns, aged 54, Founder Director

Julian Hamilton Barns qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 1984 and in Hong Kong in 1992 having graduated in Business Law in London.  He has specialized in corporate law since qualification and has acted for many international clients in the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions sectors with particular focus on the oil and gas and natural resources industries. He has extensive Northern American clients and business connections.

Conditional upon completion of the Private Placing, the following individuals have agreed to join the Board:

Atul Gupta, aged 50, Director

Atul Gupta served as CEO of Burren Energy Plc until 2008. He has worked in the international upstream oil and gas industry for over 25 years. He serves on a number of boards. He holds a Bachelors degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University and a Masters degree in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland.

Richard Bonnycastle, aged 78, Director

Richard Bonnycastle has been the Chairman and the President of Cavendish Investments Limited since 1968. He also serves as the Chairman of the Harvest Fund Inc. He currently holds substantial investments in numerous private and public companies and sits on the board of many of these companies. He has wide ranging experience as a corporate financier and adviser in the oil and gas industry with particular focus in Canada.

Other Directors with suitable skills and experience  will be appointed during the IPO Process.


Athabasca Resources

Joint Operating Committee Will Control The Work Program

Athabasca Resources Ltd

Nordic Petroleum AS


Joint Operating Agreement/Committee


Nordic Americas Inc *

Norwegian Oil Sands Corp**





4 Licences

*): Nordic Americas Inc is a licensed operator and Nordic America and Athabsaca Resources Limited will each be presented at the JOA Committee

**): Norwegian Oil Sands Corp acquired the three licences from Keppoc Energy Ltd and Pan Pacific Land Corporation on the in October 2007


Athabasca Resources

Use Of Funds

  • Use of funds
  • Paid-in Capital* £5,000,000
  • Acquire 50% of the Leases & Pay initial work program £1,950,000
  • AIM listing and advisory fees £ 600,000
  • Working capital for 18 months £ 500,000
  • Working Capital / Acquisition and Due Diligence £ 1,950,000

Assumption: 1 USD = 1 CAD = 0.64 GBP

*): Based on an equity raise of £4 million


Athabasca Resources

Company Details & Corporate Advisors

Legal Counsel

McGuire Woods London LLP

11 Pilgrim Street

London EC4V 6RN



An independent Firm associated w/

Moore Stephens International Limited

701 Evans Avenue, 8th Floor

Toronto ON M9C 1A3, Canada

Kingston Smith

Devonshire House60 Goswell Road

London, EC1M 7AD


Nomad & Broker

ZAI Corporate Finance Limited

1 Hobhouse Court

Suffolk Street

St James’s

London, SW1Y 4HH


Barclays Bank Plc

City of Cardiff Branch



Independent Reserve Engineers

DeGolyer & MacNaughton Canada Limited

1430-311 Sixth Avenue,

Calgary, AB T2P 3H2


Financial PR


Registered Office

Athabasca Resources Limited

Tudor Court

Vaendre Close

Castleton CardiffCF3 2UZ

Reg. Number: 08

Description: ISIN: SEDOL:


London Office

Athabasca Resources Limited

117 Waterloo Road

SE1 8 UL

Phone +44 7768 461528

Phone : +44-20-7921 0070

Fax: +44-20-7902 1133


Athabasca Resources

Geological Overview: Middle & Lower Channel

Source: DeGolyer & MacNaughton 2012