Carrizo O&G provided the following update on selected Company operations.
Expansion of Eagle Ford Shale Acreage Position and Acceleration of Drilling Schedule
Carrizo has recently entered into firm agreements to acquire over 13,000 net acres of Eagle Ford Shale mineral interests, bringing its total net Eagle Ford land position to approximately 33,000 acres. These newly acquired acres are located in the condensate trend in La Salle County, Texas. The up-front cash cost associated with these acquisitions is approximately $1,650 per acre. The remainder of the lease acquisition costs will be in the form of a drilling carry that will fund certain of our partners' share of development costs, where applicable, in the acreage and will be dependent on the timing and density of development drilling on the properties.
In order to further accelerate our Eagle Ford Shale activity, our remaining Barnett Shale rig (H&P 332) has been relocated to South Texas and is now on location drilling the Ivey Ranch 10H in Dimmit County. Current plans call for this rig to remain in the Eagle Ford until it is replaced by a new purpose-built rig currently scheduled for arrival in December 2011, at which time the H&P #332 rig will return to its drilling schedule in the Barnett. Given the current backlog of wells waiting on completion in the Barnett Shale, the Company believes this rig move should have no impact on estimated 2011 Barnett production.
The Company's newest rig, a purpose-built H&P Flex 3S, just arrived in the Eagle Ford and is drilling on our recently acquired RPG project in northwestern McMullen County. The Company currently has three rigs drilling on its Eagle Ford properties. Although we expect the number of Eagle Ford wells drilled during 2011 to increase above projections due to this rig relocation, uncertainty associated with the timing of well completions and initiation of oil sales precludes the Company from increasing its previous guidance for 2011 oil production until a frac schedule is finalized. The three wells waiting on completion located on the Mumme lease in LaSalle County are scheduled for fracture stimulation later this month as previously announced.
Carrizo's President and CEO, S. P. "Chip" Johnson, IV, commented on recent developments, "Nearly simultaneous with the close of the sale of our non-core Barnett Shale properties on April 17th for approximately $104 million, we were able to reach final agreements for several Eagle Ford Shale lease purchases. Our ability to reinvest much of the capital raised so quickly in such a high return area bodes well for our future cash flow growth. We were able to defer much of the cost for the new Eagle Ford land so that additional payments in the form of drilling carries better coincide with future cash flows. We expect that the final lease purchase price for these acres will fall below $5,500 per acre on a present value basis. We need more clarity as to our probable frac schedule for the additional Eagle Ford wells we will be drilling before we update production guidance, but we believe we may be able to do this by the time of our second quarter conference call."
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