Imperial Helium Announces Spud Of Initial Well At The Steveville Property
Calgary, Alberta – July 5, 2021 – Imperial Helium Corp. (“Imperial Helium” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce it has spud IHC Steveville 1 at 102/03-01-020-12W4M, Imperial Helium’s first well on its Steveville Helium Property, located in Southeastern Alberta, on schedule.
IHC Steveville 1 is the first of two appraisal wells Imperial Helium plans to drill on the historic Steveville structure. This first well targets the crest of the Steveville structure. With surface casing set, the rig will drill forward and set intermediate casing in the Stettler Formation, before continuing on to a target depth of 2,047 metres. Upon reaching the target objective a comprehensive suite of well logs will be acquired and evaluated, before completing the well and proceeding with production testing. The objective of this first appraisal well is to confirm helium concentrations and flow rates from the Steveville structure established by the historic blow-out in 1940. The well following IHC Steveville 1 will approximately twin the Steveville blow-out.
David Johnson, CEO and Director commented “We are incredibly pleased to spud our first well and have the drill-bit smoothly turning to the right. We look forward to providing shareholders with future updates regarding both well results and those other value-creating initiatives that are planned to follow drilling.”
About the Steveville Helium Property
Imperial Helium’s Steveville property is situated over a large basement dome feature with four-way closure. The property is approximately 200km east of Calgary and 40km northeast of Brooks where highways 544/876 cross the structure, providing easy access for drilling and development. The property includes land leased from Heritage Royalty Resource Corporation covering 24,635 hectares (95 square miles), with rights for natural gas (including helium) below the base of the Big Valley and Nisku formations.
In the winter of 1940, the first deep well to be drilled in the area was 13-22-020-12W4, which, owing to a mechanical failure on surface, resulted in the Steveville Blow-out. The blow-out is estimated to have flowed at 50 million cubic feet / day (50MMcf/d) for 100 days as first reported in the Calgary Herald on March 7, 1940. After the well was brought under control, drilling resumed followed by production testing which came in at 6 million cubic feet / day (6MMcf/d) of non-burnable gas (87% nitrogen 0.63% helium). Subsequent wells 14-11-020-11W4 (1953), 16-11-020-12W4 (1974), and 01-24-020-11W4 (2002) confirm the structure. Imperial Helium has acquired seismic to provide an improved understanding of the basement structure and select drilling locations.
All public filings for the Company, including the summarized Geological Report and the summarized Work Program authored by Graham P. Simpson, Ph.D., P.Geo. and Patrick A. Olenick, P.Eng., of GLJ Ltd., can be found on the SEDAR website www.sedar.com. For more information about the Company, please visit www.imperialhelium.ca.
Imperial Helium is focused on the exploration and development of helium assets in North America. Driven by Canadian geoscience and engineering expertise, in combination with its proprietary helium well database, Imperial Helium is developing its asset base to meet the growing global helium demand and supply shortfalls in the market.
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