In related developments, in August 2004, the Lynn #1 produced nearly 5,000 barrels of oil from the Nisku formation and the well continues to flow at the rate of approximately 150 barrels of oil per day. Basic has an approximate 18 percent working interest (14.4 percent net revenue interest) in the Lynn #1. MBI has applied to the North Dakota Industrial Commission to commingle production from both the existing Nisku completion and the deeper Duperow formation. The Company and its partners previously tested the Duperow formation and believe it is capable of production rates similar to the existing Nisku completion. Management expects to receive approval and have the two formations commingled by the end of September and see a corresponding increase in production above existing levels. Finally, MBI has arranged for the installation of a natural gas line to facilitate selling excess natural gas from the well. The Company estimates initial gas sales rates could approach 4.2 million cubic feet per month.
"We are delighted to commence drilling operations so soon on the second well in this prospect," said Ray Singleton, president of Basic. "And, certainly we are pleased with the new cash flow generated by the Lynn #1. Basic continues to engage in a level of drilling activity that for this Company has been unprecedented in the last twenty years. With widely dispersed exposure, our efforts over the next several weeks and months will search for both natural gas and oil and involve both exploration and development drilling activities in North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, and Texas. Based on initial results, we are excited about the significance the total exploration program could have on the Company's reserves and future revenues."
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