China North East Petroleum Holdings announced preliminary second quarter 2011 oil production results and second quarter 2011 drilling results for its oil drilling and service subsidiary, Tiancheng.
The Company's crude oil production for the 2011 second quarter was 160,600 barrels, a 1.5% decrease sequentially from 162,990 barrels in the 2011 first quarter. The total number of wells in production as of June 30, 2011 was 295 compared to 295 wells in production as of March 31, 2011.
Additionally, the Company's oil drilling and service subsidiary, Tiancheng, completed drilling contracts for 40 wells with a total drilling depth of 60,817 meters (199,531 feet) in the second quarter of 2011 compared to 26 wells drilled with a total drilling depth of 45,327 meters (148,711 feet) in the first quarter of 2011.
Mr. Jingfu Li, CEO of China North East Petroleum commented, "We were pleased that our oil production results for the second quarter were within our quarterly production guidance range of 160-180 thousand barrels. There was a slight decrease in our sequential quarterly production results due to the short-term closure of approximately twenty wells in the second quarter to conduct fracture work which, after completion, typically results in greater oil production yields.
"Tiancheng's drilling activity improved considerably in the second quarter compared with the first quarter 2011. The 54% sequential improvement in wells drilled at our Tiancheng subsidiary was due to increased drilling activity by PetroChina ('PTR') Jilin and the return to a more consistent work schedule by our drilling crew. We are encouraged to observe increased drilling activity for PTR Jilin and hope to continue to benefit from expanded drilling initiatives at PTR as well as with private operators in the second half of 2011. We look forward to updating investors on our initiatives when we officially report our second quarter 2011 results in August."
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