Following is a summary of the independent reserve evaluation for the year ended December 31, 2018 as prepared by Sproule Associates Ltd. (“Sproule”)(1)(2). Please see Crew's reserves press release issued on February 7, 2019 for further details.
2018 Reserves Highlights
With net capital expenditures of $93 million ($103.2 million gross)(1), Crew successfully expanded reserves through the drilling of ten (10.0 net) and completion of 14 (12.2 net) wells in the Montney at West Septimus, of which three (3.0 net) extended reach horizontal (“ERH”) wells were drilled in the Ultra-Condensate Rich (“UCR”) area. In addition, four (4.0 net) multi-lateral horizontal wells were drilled at Lloydminster.
Highlights of the Proved Developed Producing (“PDP”), Total Proved (“1P”) and Total Proved Plus Probable (“2P”) reserves from the Sproule Report are provided below. Finding, development and acquisition (“FD&A”)(1)(2) costs and finding and development (“F&D”)(1)(2) costs include changes in future development capital (“FDC”)(2).
- Improving Capital Efficiencies and Robust Recycle Ratios(1)(2): Crew’s 2P F&D and FD&A cost per boe has improved over prior years and reflects the success of the Company’s UCR drilling program which features enhanced completions design, longer lateral lengths and reduced drill times compared to previous wells. Recycle ratios are based on the estimated corporate operating netback(1) divided by the F&D costs or the FD&A costs.
- Continued Development Success at West Septimus: PDP reserves at West Septimus increased 10% over 2017, with 1P and 2P reserves up 3% and 2%, respectively, primarily due to the focus on drilling in the UCR area which generates higher returns and stronger economics in the current commodity price environment.
- Condensate Growth a Focus at West Septimus: Within the UCR area at West Septimus, shifting to ERH wells led to a 28% increase in 1P reserves to 30,170 mboe, while 2P reserves increased 17% to 71,681 mboe. Condensate increased by 30% on 1P reserves and represents 30% of UCR 2P reserves(3). Corporate 2P condensate reserves totaled 50,053 mbbl.
- Meaningful Reserves Value in UCR Area: Within Crew’s UCR area, the net present value of future net revenue discounted at 10% (before tax) (“NPV10 BT”) for 2P was $774.1 million(4) assigned to 14 of 32 net prospective sections at West Septimus. Corporately, the Company’s NPV10 BT totaled $507.9 million on PDP reserves, $1.2 billion on 1P reserves and $2.5 billion on 2P reserves.
- ERH Wells Improve Capital Efficiencies: Crew brought three new ERH wells onto production in late 2018 within our UCR area and has an additional six (6.0 net) wells to bring on in the first quarter of 2019. The Company now has 38 ERH undeveloped 2P locations assigned by Sproule in the UCR area. The ERH program will require fewer wells to develop the resource, resulting in a smaller overall surface footprint providing superior economic returns relative to the previously drilled shorter-reach horizontal wells.
- Average 3-Year F&D Trending in the Right Direction: With an ongoing focus on lowering capital costs while improving drilling and completions efficiencies, Crew achieved another consecutive year of declining average three year 2P F&D costs in 2018.
- Continued Corporate Reserves Growth with Conservative Capital Program: Approximately $67 million of our $103.2 million exploration and development capital program was directed to drilling and completions activities in 2018. This generated increases across all reserves categories, including approximately 0.3% growth in PDP reserves, 2% in 1P reserves and 11% in 2P reserves compared to 2017, with Crew’s reserves replacement ratios(5) on PDP, 1P and 2P totaling 102%, 140% and 568%, respectively.
- Multilateral Development Increased Heavy Oil Inventory: Recent success drilling multilateral horizontal wells resulted in additions to overall heavy oil reserves in 2018. Heavy oil multilaterals now represent 32% and 31% of Crew’s total 1P and 2P heavy oil reserves, respectively.
 All 2018 financial amounts are unaudited. See advisories.
 "Finding, Development and Acquisitions costs" or "FD&A costs", "Finding and Development costs" or "F&D costs", “recycle ratio” and “operating netback” do not have standardized meanings. See the table “Capital Program Efficiency” and "Information Regarding Disclosure on Oil and Gas Reserves and Operational Information" contained in this news release.
 Condensate reserves referenced herein include wellhead plus plant recovery.
 Excludes field-level facility and maintenance operating expenses.
 “Reserves replacement” and “reserves replacement ratio” do not have standardized meanings. See the table “Capital Program Efficiency” and "Information Regarding Disclosure on Oil and Gas Reserves and Operational Information" contained in this news release.
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Crew's full NI 51-101 Reserves Disclosure for year ended December 31, 2018 was filed on SEDAR in March, 2019 within our 2018 Annual Information Form (available on this website or on SEDAR).
The following discussion in "Northeast British Columbia Montney Resource Evaluation" is subject to a number of cautionary statements, assumptions and risks as set forth therein. See "Information Regarding Disclosure on Oil and Gas Reserves, Resources and Operational Information" at the end of this statement for additional cautionary language, explanations and discussion, and see "Forward-looking Information and Statements" for a statement of principal assumptions and risks that may apply. See also "Definitions of Oil and Gas Resources and Reserves". This discussion includes reference to TPIIP, DPIIP and ECR as per the Resource Evaluation as at December 31, 2016, prepared in accordance with the NI 51-101 and current COGE Handbook guidelines. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to ECR and prospective volumes are Best Estimate ECR and Best Estimate prospective volumes, respectively. All information referenced in the Resource Evaluation is prior to the pending disposition of Crew’s Goose area, expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.
In accordance with NI 51-101 Crew’s contingent resources have been subclassified into specified project maturity subclasses. Those that apply to Crew’s resources include “development pending”, “development on hold”, and “development not viable”. Sproule considers the ‘development pending’ and ‘development on hold’ project maturity subclasses to be economic and are therefore included in ECR. The economic status of the ‘development not viable’ project maturity subclass is undetermined and is therefore not included in the ECR reported. The “development not viable” sub-classification represented less than 2% of the sum of all three sub-classifications on a BOE basis, and accordingly, has not been considered to be material for reporting purposes. Crew does not have any resources within the “development unclarified” subclass.
The Montney formation in NE BC has been identified as a world-class unconventional resource play with the potential for significant volumes of recoverable resources. The area includes dry gas, liquids-rich gas and light oil development opportunities, with Crew having access to all three hydrocarbon windows. It is one of the largest and lowest cost liquids-rich natural gas resource plays in North America and Crew’s land base comprises 300,000 net acres, ideally situated in some of the most prospective parts of the play, with good access to infrastructure and multiple egress options.
Sproule was engaged to conduct an updated independent Montney resource evaluation of Crew’s principal lands in the NE BC Montney region including Septimus, West Septimus, Groundbirch/Monias, Attachie, Tower and other minor NE BC Montney lands (the “Evaluated Areas”) effective as of December 31, 2016, and based on Sproule’s forecast price deck as at December 31, 2016 (the “Resource Evaluation”). The Resource Evaluation highlights the development potential on the Company’s undeveloped land base providing Crew with significant opportunities to progress conversion of Resource to ECR and ultimately to increased reserve bookings over time. Further, the diversity of Crew’s NE BC Montney assets with exposure to liquids-rich gas, crude oil and dry natural gas allows us to effectively navigate through commodity price cycles.
TPIIP for the natural gas-bearing lands in the Evaluated Areas remains unchanged relative to year end 2015 at 64.3 Tcf. Natural gas ECR was evaluated on an unrisked and risked basis in the Resource Evaluation and was subdivided into the Maturity Subclasses of ‘development pending’ and ‘development on hold’. The risked ‘development pending’ natural gas ECR totaled 7.3 Tcf and the risked ‘development on hold’ ECR totaled 0.43 Tcf, which includes 104 bcf of ‘development pending’ natural gas and 26 bcf of ‘development on hold’ natural gas on Crew’s oil-bearing lands.
The ECR of our ngl was also evaluated on an unrisked and risked basis in the Resource Evaluation and was subdivided into the Maturity Subclasses of ‘development pending’ and ‘development on hold’. The risked ‘development pending’ ngl ECR totaled 211 MMbbl and risked ‘development on hold’ ngl ECR totaled 16 MMbbl which includes 3 mmbbls of ‘development pending’ ngl and 1 mmbbls of ‘development on hold’ ngl on Crew’s oil-bearing lands.
On the oil-bearing Montney lands, TPIIP increased 1% to 7,979 MMbbl and DPIIP increased 2% to 1,647 MMbbl. Oil ECR was evaluated on an unrisked and risked basis in the Resource Evaluation and was subdivided into the Maturity Subclasses of ‘development pending’ and ‘development on hold’. The risked ‘development pending’ oil ECR totaled 17 MMbbl and risked ‘development on hold’ oil ECR totaled 4 MMbbl.
Risking of the contingent resources included a quantitative assessment of the contingencies applicable to the project including evaluation drilling, corporate commitment and timing of production and development. Risking of the prospective resources included a quantitative assessment of these same factors, as well as a quantitative assessment of the chance of discovery.
The tables provided on the Detailed Resource Disclosure page summarize the results of the Resource Evaluation including comparatives to the updated December 31, 2015 evaluation using the resource categories set out in the COGE Handbook on a “best estimate” case.