Furthermore, the Company is pleased to report that prior to year end 2005, its Wellsite Geohazard Field Survey Work and Biological Baseline Survey Work on its "Intrepid" Block 5(c), approximately 96 kilometers (60 miles) off the east coast of Trinidad, was completed in anticipation of its first exploration well planned for drilling on this block in Q2 (2006). The Company is currently in the process of contracting an offshore semi-submersible drilling rig for this well and has now completed the procurement of all casing, wellhead and related long lead-time critical items needed for the well, which will be one of the deepest wells recently drilled in the area.
Canadian Superior has become a significant acreage holder in Trinidad and Tobago with 135,041 gross acres, and the Company's "Intrepid" Block 5(c) encompasses 80,041 net acres. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most coveted oil and gas basins in the world and supplies approximately 80% of North America's liquid natural gas (LNG).
In addition, the Company is pleased to report that in the fall of 2005, it raised and is in the process of completing equity financings totaling $28.7 million to fund its continuing growth in 2006 in Canada and in Trinidad and Tobago. As of year end 2005 Canadian Superior was debt free.
In addition, in regards to Canadian Superior's Coal Bed Methane ("CBM") Natural Gas Project noted above, as of year end 2005, the first 35 Coal Bed Methane ("CBM") wells in the Drumheller area were tied-in and are on production, with an additional 15 wells planned to be tied-in and be on production prior to the end of January 2006. The Company has an average 30% working interest in these non-operated wells that are producing from the Horseshoe Canyon formation with net production of approximately 1,050 mcf per day from the first 35 wells. When the additional 15 wells are tied-in and on production, the Company anticipated the net production from these first 50 wells to be in excess of 1.5 mmcf per day.
Canadian Superior has approximately 170 gross sections (108,800 acres) of high working interest land holdings in its core Drumheller area with potential for Coal Bed Methane production, and it also has an additional 24 sections of land holdings with CBM potential in the Wildunn area of Alberta. Recent record land sales (December 14, 2005) in the immediate Drumheller area have achieved prices of as high as approximately $456,000/section ($712/acre). The Company intends to build on its solid non-operated foundation and plans to commence drilling on its extensive high working interest CBM acreage in the area during 2006.
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