Marauder Resources East Coast Inc.: News Release
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2012) - Marauder Resources East Coast Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MES) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Marauder Resources East Coast (NZ) Ltd., has been awarded Petroleum Exploration Permit 53806 in the East Coast Basin of New Zealand. Marauder will be the operator of the permit and a 50% working interest holder, with the remaining 50% being transferred to an international oil and gas exploration company based in Canada. The permit covers an area of 965 km2 and has an initial term of 5 years.
The East Coast Basin is considered highly prospective for large accumulations of oil and gas with over 300 surface seeps present. The recent focus in the basin has been on a potential light oil unconventional resource play within the Paleocene to Cretaceous aged Whangai and Waipawa shales. These formations exhibit characteristics similar to the productive Bakken Formation in Saskatchewan and North Dakota. Offsetting permit holders in the basin, Tag Oil and New Zealand Energy, have had third parties assign shale oil resource potential of 12.6 and 20.9 Billion Barrels Original Oil In Place respectively. Apache Corporation farmed in on Tag Oil's East Coast Basin permits in September 2011 and are expected to commence a 4 well exploration program in early 2013 targeting shale oil.
The Whangai Formation is the primary unconventional target over PEP 53806. It is naturally fractured and widespread throughout the East Coast Basin reaching thicknesses of up to 600m. Three of the most prominent oil seeps in the basin have been geochemically linked to generation in the Whangai Formation. The oil is light, sweet crude with gravities of up to 50 degrees API.
Marauder will be commissioning a third party engineering group to prepare a resource report and economic analysis to estimate the unconventional potential over PEP 53806. A map showing the permit holders in the East Coast Basin is attached, with Marauder's acreage highlighted in green.
New Zealand remains highly underexplored with respect to hydrocarbon resources. The world class potential combined with a stable geopolitical setting and excellent fiscal terms, make New Zealand a core focus area for Marauder going forward with additional opportunities being pursued.
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Marauder Resources East Coast Inc.
Robert V. Shields
Marauder Resources East Coast Inc.
720, 440 - 2nd Avenue S.W.
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