Quetzal provided the following update on operations:
Block 27, Llanos Basin
As previously announced, Quetzal completed a 220 square km 3D seismic survey of Block 27 in 1Q 2011 and then followed that up with an additional 54 square km survey in 2Q 2011. Merge, analysis and interpretation of this seismic has been completed and management has identified 4 drillable prospects on the block.
On August 10, 2011, Quetzal received its blanket environmental permit paving the way to proceed with the drilling of its first well on Block 27. Construction of the location began on August 29, 2011, and the Company expects to spud this first well with a rig contracted from Saxon Energy Services in the second half of October. Once drilling begins, management expects to reach target depth of 10,000 feet in 45 days.
Prospective targets include the oil bearing intervals in the Mirador and Une Formations, with the Carbonera formation representing a secondary target.
Quetzal pays 50% of cost and has a 45.275% revenue interest in this block before payout, and a 34.25% interest following payout.
Block 21, Llanos Basin
A 95 square kilometer 3D seismic program has been completed on Block 21, and management is near completion of its analysis and interpretation. Preliminary evaluation has identified 4 potential prospects of interest on Block 21 with further detailed analysis required.
On August 3, 2011, Quetzal filed for its environmental permit on Block 21 and is awaiting approval. Under contractual commitments to the ANH, and by the terms of its farm-in agreement, Quetzal and their partner, Brownstone Ventures, must drill two wells by September 12, 2012. Assuming environmental approval is received in a timely fashion, the Company expects to commence wellsite construction in 1Q 2012, and drill two wells in 2Q 2012.
Projected well depths at Block 21 are 8,000 feet.
Quetzal pays 50% of cost and has a 45.50% revenue interest in this block before payout, and a 35% interest following payout.
A long term production test began on May 4, 2011 with an ESP set at approximately 6,000 feet depth, approximately 8,000 feet above the producing Mirador formation. Since that time, Quetzal has averaged approximately 400 barrels of oil per day and has witnessed the water cut go from and average of 18% in May to 33% in August. Initial reservoir pressure was registered at approximately 5,850 psia in May, and management has witnessed some decline in bottom hole flowing pressure since commencement of the long term test. In late August, Quetzal shut in the Canaguay 1 well for 6 days to conduct a pressure build up test. Over that short period, well pressure returned to within 100 psia of the May pressure indicating that reservoir pressure depletion is not significant. Given that the perforations are only 30 feet above the plug back depth, management believes that sand production is likely causing a restriction in flow, and reduced bottom hole flowing pressure. The Company and its partners now plan to service the well by conducting a cleanout of the well, replacing the ESP, and placing the new ESP at a deeper depth in the well closer to the producing zone. It is management's expectation that this will lead to increased fluid production and a resultant increase in oil production as well. This work is expected to be completed by November 1 and is budgeted at a net cost to Quetzal of $250,000.
Quetzal has a 25% working interest in the Canaguaro Block and is acting as operator of the well.
The acquisition of 109 square kilometers of 3D seismic on Block 36 has been completed and analysis and interpretation continues. Drilling of one well is required by February 2012 and the Operator, Montecz continues to evaluate options to meet activity requirements of the ANH. Quetzal pays 20% of cost and has a 18.2% revenue interest in this block before payout, with a 14% interest following payout.
As part of Quetzal's ongoing strategy to maximize shareholder value, the Company continues to evaluate strategic alternatives. The Company is actively evaluating options including selling the Guatemalan assets or soliciting third party joint venture partners to assist in developing the Guatemala blocks.
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