Green Dragon announced an increase in its audited reserve numbers and value estimate, as provided by independent reserve engineers Netherland Sewell & Associates, Inc (NSAI).
Randeep Grewal, CEO and Founder of Green Dragon Gas, commented, "This further substantial increase in reserves in 2010 is a reflection of the Company now having reached the point at which it is able to roll out production wells having proved the SIS drilling methodology works as an effective and commercial method of extracting CBM gas from Chinese coal seams at our Shizhuang South (GSS) CBM block.
The US $250m discretionary capex plan will see us drill in excess of 100 production wells on GSS. This underpins our expected rapid growth in production to the annualized exit production rate of 18 Bcf, an almost eighteen fold increase on current volumes. We are producing CBM into a market that has exceptional demand for gas and where achievable well head prices today range between US $6 and US $7 per Mcf."
Green Dragon Gas has total original gas in place volumes of 25.5 Tcf on all blocks. The estimates and evaluation of the reserves and resources contained in this announcement were prepared by independent reserve engineers, NSAI.
This increase in reserves is largely based on the deployment of the Company's SIS drilling methodology. The development of this methodology has now reached the point at which it is a proven method of commercially extracting CBM gas from the particular coal seams found within China and can be rolled out to increase production. With the development phase of this methodology complete, the drilling of individual production wells is expected to take substantially less time.
The SIS methodology enables the drilling of horizontal wells through the complex geology found within China's coal seams, greatly increasing both drilling and production efficiency.
The main focus of activities in 2011 and 2012 will remain on the GSS Block, where Green Dragon intends to drill in excess of 100 production wells this year. In 2012, the intention is to accelerate the drilling program further. The GSS block is where the significant uplift in production to 18 Bcf is expected, following the capex program of US$250m. GSS is currently producing at annualized rate of over 1 Bcf.
SIS wells drilled typically take 120 days to dewater and start producing gas post completion. The average production per well is expected to be approximately 300 Mcfpd.
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