Contango Oil & Gas Wins 12 Blocks in GoM Lease Sale
Contango Oil & Gas Company says that 12 of the 16 lease blocks in which affiliates were the Apparent High Bidders ("AHB") at the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale #198 held on March 15, 2006 in New Orleans have been awarded. The sale covered areas in the central part of the Outer Continental Shelf, offshore from the Louisiana coastline. The final results from the Lease Sale are as follows:
MMS REX Outcome ---------------------------------- ---------------------- Vermilion 194 Awarded South Marsh Island 57 Awarded South Marsh Island 59 Awarded South Marsh Island, South 75 Awarded South Marsh Island, North 282 Awarded Ship Shoal 14 Awarded Ship Shoal 25 Awarded West Delta 77 Awarded Vermilion 190 Rejected Vermilion 193 Rejected South Marsh Island 9 Rejected South Marsh Island, North 287 Rejected MMS COE Outcome ---------------------------------- ---------------------- Ship Shoal, South 263 Awarded Grand Isle 70 Awarded Viosca Knoll 119 Awarded Viosca Knoll 383 Awarded
Contango owns approximately 43% and 76% of Republic Exploration LLC and Contango Offshore Exploration LLC, respectively, and owns interests, both directly and indirectly vis-a-vis its affiliates, in 63 federal lease blocks in the Gulf of Mexico.
Contango Venture Capital Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Contango Oil & Gas Company, announced that it has invested $1 million in Gridpoint, Inc.
GridPoint's intelligent energy management (IEM) products ensure clean, reliable power, increase energy efficiency, and integrate renewable energy. With GridPoint, home and business owners can automatically protect themselves from power outages, manage their energy online and reduce their carbon footprint. GridPoint's "plug-and-play" appliances are easy to install and sold through a network of premium home builders, utilities, retail chains and government entities as well as installers and contractors of electrical, heating, air-conditioning, home automation, power quality and renewable energy systems.
Kenneth R. Peak, Contango's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are excited to expand our alternative energy investments into Gridpoint. This brings our total investment in the alternative energy venture capital space to approximately $4 million. Each of our portfolio companies is making substantial progress."
We expect to begin drilling our West Delta 43 ("Skip Jack") prospect by the end of June, our High Island A-279 ("Juice") prospect in early July, and our Eugene Island 10 ("Dutch") prospect in mid-July. Additionally, our recent discovery at Grand Isle 72 ("Liberty") is expected to begin producing in the September/October time frame.
In our Arkansas Fayetteville Shale Play, we are committed to 53 wells. Of these, 15 are operated by our alliance partner, Alta, including the Alta-Beck #1-32H, which we expect to be able to frac and test by the end of July. The remaining 38 wells are ones we have been integrated into and are being operated by a third party oil and gas exploration company. Of these, 10 are producing, 9 are either being drilled or awaiting completion, and the remaining 19 are expected to be drilled over the next three months.
As of June 14, 2006 the Company has approximately $31 million in cash, cash equivalents and short term investments. We have $10 million in long-term debt and $10 million of unutilized borrowing capacity available.
Contango is a Houston-based, independent natural gas and oil
company. The Company explores, develops, produces and acquires natural
gas and oil properties primarily onshore in the Gulf Coast and
offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Contango also owns a 10% partnership
interest in Freeport LNG Development L.P., and a 32% interest in
Contango Capital Partnership Management, LLC, which was formed to
invest in the alternative energy venture capital market with a focus
on environmentally preferred energy technologies.
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