The first rig is scheduled to arrive on location before the end of June 2006 for an initial indicated period of approximately six months, which is anticipated to be extendible based on discussions with the contractor. A second rig and a service rig are anticipated to become available to the company during the fourth quarter 2006 and are expected to be contracted to Petrolifera for an initial period of one year. The availability of these rigs should enable Petrolifera to substantially if not totally complete its anticipated 2006 drilling program, in part timed to the anticipated startup of its new onsite treatment facilities and pipeline, which are being built to efficiently transport growing production volumes to market. This planned construction of facilities is presently on track for a fourth quarter startup.
In the interim, Petrolifera is trucking its daily production to offsite third party treatment facilities prior to sale. As a result of recently-negotiated access to a second non-owned treatment plant for a modest per barrel fee, Petrolifera has commenced production from its 1011 well and total crude oil production has recently exceeded 6,000 bbl/d, primarily from the 1002, 1003, 1010 and 1011 wells. All of these wells are flowing oil wells producing through restrictive chokes, generally ranging from 10 to 14 millimeters. Over time, choke sizes may be modified, consistent with sound reservoir engineering practices and other considerations. Based on recent internal engineering calculations, it is management's opinion that the calculated productive capacity of these four wells is considerably above current production levels. Water cuts remain minimal at under one percent.
Also, wells 1004 and 1005 are anticipated to be placed on stream with artificial lift to provide additional production increases in the near future.
Petrolifera Petroleum Limited is a public Canadian oil and natural gas exploration and production company with significant producing assets on its 100 percent owned and operated Puesto Morales/Rinconada concession in the Neuquen Basin, Argentina. It also owns 100 percent of and operates licenses over Blocks 106 and 107 comprising over five million acres, respectively in the Maranon and Ucayali Basins, onshore Peru.
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