Black Raven has completed the purchase of an 80% working interest in the Adena Field, consisting of 18,760 gross acres in Morgan County, Colorado, for a purchase price of $15.75 million. The Company will operate the field. The Company has entered into an agreement with a strategic partner which will provide geological, engineering, and management services associated with this project and will earn 24% of the Company's working interest after payout of all costs, including financing.
The Adena Field produces oil from a waterflood in the J sand and conventionally from the D sand. The Company estimates that the proved and probable oil reserves associated with this field are in excess of 3 million barrels from both formations. In addition, a gas cap in the J sand is estimated to hold more than 3 billion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. Having produced 75 million barrels of oil equivalent from the J sand since its discovery in 1953, the Adena Field is one of the most prolific oil fields in the history of the D-J Basin. The majority of this field was abandoned during the mid 1980's after oil prices collapsed, and only a small portion has been re-activated. The Company intends re-activate the J sand waterflood and exploit the D sand, which has been largely untapped.
Black Raven's CEO, Thomas E. Riley, commented, "We are very pleased to complete this acquisition. We have been working on this for several months, and have been very pleasantly surprised at the wealth of opportunities presented by this acquisition. For a small company with a great technical staff, this field will provide growth in oil and natural gas production for the foreseeable future."
The acquisition was financed by Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund, New York, New York. The Company was advised on the acquisition and financing by Stifel Nicolaus Weisel.
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