Canada's East West Petroleum Corp. (the Company or East West), provided Monday the following update on its operations in New Zealand's Taranaki Basin. The Company’s joint venture partner, TAG Oil Ltd. (TAG), is the operator of all licenses.
PEP 54877: Cheal North East Permit (30 percent EW)
Cheal-E1, E4, and E5 wells, all located on the Cheal North East Permit, are all productive oil wells that have cumulatively produced approximately 60,000 barrels of oil to date. East West has now recovered the initial $4.5 million (CAD 5 million) in revenue for its contribution of the first $4.5 million (CAD 5 million) in costs for the initial drilling program on the permit. Cash flow from Cheal-E1 and E4 alone is expected to fund the Company’s committed capital expenditures for the remainder of calendar year 2014. This program includes at least one well on PEP 54876 (Southern Cross) permit and at least one new development well on the Cheal North East Permit following up the success to date where the Company and TAG have established steady production and cash flow at E-site.
The Cheal-E2 well, with similar reservoir qualities as the three producing Cheal E wells, is presently awaiting a workover that is planned for mid-March, prior to initiating a testing program on the potential producing zone encountered by the Cheal-E2 well. The Cheal-E3 well also encountered what the joint venture partners believe is commercial net pay based on petrophysical interpretation of the well log data. Data related to Cheal-E3 will be evaluated in advance of further work being completed on the well.
PEP 54879: Cheal South Permit (50 percent EW)
In January/February 2014, three wells were drilled consecutively from the Cheal-G Site on the Cheal South Permit. East West funded the first $2.25 million (CAD 2.5 million) in costs of a three well drilling program with both companies paying their 50 percent share after the initial investment of $2.25 million (CAD 2.5 million). Cheal-G1 was drilled to a total depth of 7,821 feet (2,384 meters) and encountered six meters of hydrocarbon filled reservoir rocks within the Mt Messenger Formation as expected. The well was cased and is currently waiting on completion testing.
Both Cheal-G2 and G3 encountered hydrocarbon filled reservoir sections within the Mt Messenger Formation, but both were interpreted to have sub-economic thicknesses and have been plugged and abandoned. The joint venture partners will review all results associated with the drilling program prior to conducting future operations on the permit. All Cheal-G site wells were drilled on time and on budget.
PEP 54876: Southern Cross Permit (50 percent EW)
The Nova-1 rig will now move from the Cheal South Permit to the Southern Cross Permit in approximately two weeks to drill up to two wells on this new permit following completion of construction of the Southern Cross well site. Southern Cross is located immediately to the North of the Cheal North permit that contains the Company’s Cheal-E wells. All permits and consents have been granted for drilling on the Southern Cross permit.
Director Dr. Marc Bustin Awarded the Stanley Slipper Gold Medal
The Company would like to congratulate Dr. Marc Bustin, the Company’s Senior Technical Advisor and Director, who has been awarded the 2013 Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) Stanley Slipper Gold Medal. The Stanley Slipper Gold Medal was established in 1989 and is the CSPG’s most prestigious award and recognizes outstanding contributions to petroleum exploration in Canada.
“We are pleased with the continued progress to date in New Zealand,” said David Sidoo, CEO and president of East West Petroleum. “Gross production from the Cheal E site continues to grow with three wells now having produced commercial oil, and with testing continuing at the Cheal E and G sites and the upcoming Southern Cross well we expect further increases to production and cash flow over the next several months. Following completion of the current nine well program in the Taranaki Basin, we will work with TAG to identify further prospects in the joint venture permits to be drilled later this year. We are also paying close attention to the results from the East Coast Basin as we have a 40 percent interest with TAG in over 100,000 acres with the PEP 55770 permit which was awarded in December. We are in the early stages of determining the potential of our properties in New Zealand having gone from exploration to production within the past six months, and look forward to the upcoming results from the busy year ahead. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Dr. Bustin for receiving such a prestigious award.”
Added Dr. Marc Bustin, “The initial results from the eight exploration wells drilled to date are encouraging as they demonstrate the extension of hydrocarbons in the greater Cheal area. These results will help to further define already identified leads and prospects located on our acreage and in the planning of the next phase of drilling.”
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