HONG KONG, CHINA and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 7, 2015) - This announcement is made pursuant to Rule 13.09(2) of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Listing Rules") and the Inside Information Provisions (as defined under the Listing Rules) under Part XIVA of the Securities and Future Ordinance (Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong).
By Order of the Board of Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.
Sun Kwok Ping, Executive Chairman
Hong Kong, December 8, 2015
Calgary, December 7, 2015
As at the date of this announcement, the Board consists of Mr. Kwok Ping Sun, Mr. Hong Luo and Dr. Qi Jiang as executive directors; Mr. Michael John Hibberd, Mr. Hok Ming Tseung, Mr. Jin Hu and Mr. Jianzhong Chen as non-executive directors; and Mr. Raymond Shengti Fong, Mr. Robert John Herdman, Mr. Gerald Franklin Stevenson and Mr. Zhefei Song as independent non-executive directors.
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Hong Kong (December 8, 2015) and Calgary, Alberta (December 7, 2015)
Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. (the "Corporation" or "Sunshine") (HKEX:2012) wishes to announce the following:
COMMENCEMENT OF PRODUCTION AT THE WEST ELLS PROJECT
Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. (the "Corporation" or "Sunshine") (HKEX:2012) is pleased to announce that it has successfully commenced the first oil production at the West Ells project located in the Athabasca region of Alberta on or about December 8, 2015 (Hong Kong Time)/ December 7, 2015 (Calgary Time). The West Ells region covers 9,856 contiguous gross and net hectares and is located within the Athabasca oil sands region close to several high profile international oil companies.
"We are pleased that the first oil production following the first steam injection in September this year has been successfully commenced. We look forward to demonstrating reservoir potential towards achieving nameplate production from the West Ells Phase 1 project. " said Mr. Sun Kwok Ping, Executive Chairman of Sunshine.
Sunshine's focus is on evaluating and developing its oil sands assets with the West Ells project, targeting an initial production rate of 10,000 barrels of heavy oil per day. Sunshine is fully committed to advancing its corporate initiatives to ensure that West Ells achieves a smooth startup of the Phase 1 facilities and achievement of nameplate capacity of 5,000 barrels per day. Phase 2 is expected to add an additional 5,000 barrels per day. The Corporation has a 100% working interest in its West Ells asset area with an ultimate development potential of 130,000 barrels per day.
ABOUT SUNSHINE OILSANDS LTD.
The Corporation is a Calgary based public corporation listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since March 1, 2012. The Corporation is focused on the development of its significant holdings of oil sands leases in the Athabasca oil sands region. The Corporation owns interests in approximately one million acres of oil sands and petroleum and natural gas leases in the Athabasca region. The Corporation is currently focused on executing milestone undertakings in the West Ells project area. West Ells has an initial production target rate of 5,000 barrels per day.
This announcement contains forward-looking information relating to, among other things, (a) the targeted initial production rates for the West Ells project; (b) the development potential of the West Ells project; (c) the future financial performance and objectives of Sunshine; and (d) the plans and expectations of the Corporation. Such forward-looking information is subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors. All statements other than statements and information of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The use of words such as "estimate", "forecast", "expect", "project", "plan", "target", "vision", "goal", "outlook", "may", "will", "should", "believe", "intend", "anticipate", "potential", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on Sunshine's experience, current beliefs, assumptions, information and perception of historical trends available to Sunshine, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to those associated with resource definition and expected reserves and contingent and prospective resources estimates, unanticipated costs and expenses, regulatory approval, fluctuating oil and gas prices, expected future production, the ability to access sufficient capital to finance future development and credit risks, changes in Alberta's regulatory framework, including changes to regulatory approval process and land-use designations, royalty, tax, environmental, greenhouse gas, carbon and other laws or regulations and the impact thereof and the costs associated with compliance. Although Sunshine believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Readers are cautioned that the assumptions and factors discussed in this announcement are not exhaustive and readers are not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as the Corporation's actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Sunshine disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, subsequent to the date of this announcement, except as required under applicable securities legislation. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement and are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists are not exhaustive and are made as at the date hereof. For a full discussion of the Corporation's material risk factors, see the Corporation's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2014 and risk factors described in other documents we file from time to time with securities regulatory authorities, all of which are available on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange at www.hkexnews.hk, on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com or the Corporation's website at www.sunshineoilsands.com.
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited take no responsibility for the contents of this announcement, make no representation as to its accuracy or completeness and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from or in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this announcement.
This announcement appears for information purpose only and does not constitute an invitation or offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for securities of Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.