Company Completes 3D Seismic Program at Worsley
Calgary, Alberta, April 11, 2023 /CNW/ – First Helium Inc. (“First Helium” or the “Company”) (TSXV: HELI) (OTCQX: FHELF) (FRA: 2MC), today announced that it has exercised an option to acquire 640 acres of highly prospective helium exploration lands at Dixonville which are located nearby existing well penetrations with indicated grades, or helium concentrations, ranging from 1.7% to 5.7%. The option was exercised for nominal cost and is expected to close this month. In addition, the Company has successfully completed the field work phase of its proprietary 21 km2 (or approximately 5,200 acres) 3D seismic data acquisition program over recently acquired lands at its Worsley property.
“We are very excited to be acquiring land that became available to us at East Worsley, in an area that we have targeted for some time and believe to be highly prospective given its proximity to existing well bores with attractive helium grades,” said Ed Bereznicki, President & Chief Executive Officer of First Helium. “We are also pleased to have successfully completed the field portion of our 3D seismic acquisition program on our new lands and begin evaluating them for priority helium and potentially oil drilling targets,” added Mr. Bereznicki.
Dixonville (East Worsley)
In 2020, First Helium identified a section of highly prospective land at Dixonville located contiguous to the Company’s East Worsley lands, secured an option to acquire the mineral rights to the land, and recently exercised its option to acquire those rights (the section). The land is adjacent to a well bore with 1.7% helium content, and nearby a second well that previously indicated 5.7% helium content. Based on prior evaluation work in the area, First Helium’s exploration team has identified a priority drill location at Dixonville.
The Worsley area has been drilled successfully for natural gas and oil by numerous operators since the 1960’s. The greater Worsley area includes over 2,500 wells which provide an excellent database of historic well control data with associated helium concentration indications. In the Leduc Formation along the Worsley Trend, nitrogen and helium concentrations increase from west to east. East of First Helium’s 15-25 discovery well, exploration for natural gas had been
effectively deterred by the high nitrogen content of the gas as nitrogen decreases heating value and marketability of natural gas. Today, the ability to install modular facilities to remove nitrogen and separate the helium content for sale supports the project economics of drilling these wells – the under-explored East Worsley land base represents a tremendous opportunity for the Company’s helium exploration program.
The new lands were acquired in August 2022 based on a thorough assessment of over 77 km of trade 2D seismic data across the land base. The 3D program focused on a select area of the new lands located southeast of, and contiguous to the Company’s 15-25 helium well and two successful oil discoveries. The program was designed to overlap with existing 3D data to provide a consistent and complete visualization of the regional geologic structure on the new lands. Preparatory field work commenced in February and data acquisition was completed last week, on-time, in accordance with environmental restrictions, and within budget.
The Company will now process and evaluate the data, identify new prospective drill locations, and prioritize them in conjunction with the Company’s existing, extensive inventory of drilling locations on its Worsley property, including the new location at Dixonville. It is expected that this work will be completed by mid-May to coincide with the finalization of our drilling plans for the next 12 months. As communicated previously, the Company will be examining opportunities to accelerate the development of its large inventory of drilling prospects.
ABOUT FIRST HELIUM
Led by a core Senior Executive Team with diverse and extensive backgrounds in Oil & Gas Exploration and Operations, Mining, Finance, and Capital Markets, First Helium seeks to be one of the leading independent providers of helium gas in North America.
Building on its successful 15-25 helium discovery well at the Worsley project, the Company has identified numerous follow-up drill locations and acquired an expansive infrastructure system to facilitate future exploration and development of helium across its Worsley land base. Cash flow from its successful oil wells at Worsley will help support First Helium’s ongoing helium exploration and development growth strategy.
First Helium holds over 60,000 acres along the highly prospective Worsley Trend in Northern Alberta, and 276,000 acres in the Southern Alberta Helium Fairway, near existing helium production. In addition to continuing its ongoing exploration and development drilling at Worsley, the Company has identified a number of high impact helium exploration targets on the prospective Southern Alberta Helium Fairway lands to set up a second core exploration growth area for the Company.
For more information about the Company, please visit www.firsthelium.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edward J. Bereznicki
President, CEO and Director
First Helium Inc.
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SOURCE: First Helium Inc.