Kulczyk Oil Ventures announced that the O-12 well on the Olgovskoye License in Ukraine commenced drilling on August 3, 2011.
O-12 Exploration Well
The O-12 well is located approximately 1.4 kilometers to the northwest of the recently tested O-9 well. The O-12 well will be drilled to a depth of 2,650 meters and is designed to test gas-bearing reservoirs in the Muscovian and Bashkirian sections and to further develop the gas production capability of the Olgovskoye Field. The drilling of the O-12 well is expected to take approximately 40 days.
The well, identified after interpretation of 2D seismic data by the KOV/KUB-Gas technical team, is on trend with the main Olgovskoye producing area and is intended to extend the known boundaries of the Olgovskoye Field. A successful well will increase gas production and lead to additional drilling locations along this trend.
The O-12 well is the fourth new well drilled in the Olgovskoye Field since the Company acquired its interest in KUB-Gas in June 2010. It is part of a larger development program on the KUB-Gas assets through 2011 and 2012 which has involved the drilling of new wells at O-8, O-9 and O-14. The Olgovskoye Field currently produces from 4 wells (O-3, O-4, O-5 and O-7) with each well producing from a separate horizon.
The first of new wells was drilled at the Olgovskoye-8 location and reached a total depth ("TD") of 2,780 meters in early January. Production testing of the O-8 well will begin in August.
The second of the new wells drilled on the Olgovskoye license, the O-9 well, finished drilling at a depth of 2,638 meters in mid-April and was cased to TD as a potential multi-zone gas well. The O-9 was production tested in June and July of this year and the well is expected to begin commercial production at a gross rate of approximately 1.5 million cubic feet per day ("MMcf/d") prior to the end of the third quarter as disclosed in the news release of KOV dated August 1, 2011.
The third of the new wells, Olgovskoye-14 ("O-14"), was drilled to a TD of 2,800 meters and cased to TD after encountering up to eight potential gas-bearing zones in the Middle and Lower Bashkirian sections of the well as disclosed in the news release of KOV dated 18 July 2011. A service rig will be moved to the O-14 location to production test the well after the production testing of the O-8 well is finished.
KUB-Gas LLC ("KUB-Gas") owns a 100% interest in the Olgovskoye license and in four other licenses in the Lugansk area of Ukraine. KOV owns an effective 70% interest in KUB-Gas.
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