Longford Begins Completion of Alberta CBM Well
Longford Corporation said Thursday that it has drilled and cased its first horizontal coal bed methane (CBM) well at Barrhead Alberta and has commenced completion operations.
The well Longford et al HZ GNCOURTE 13-11-59-6W5 was drilled and cased to true vertical depth of 1,145 meters. A horizontal lateral was then drilled from the vertical well into the Upper Mannville coal seam to a length of 1,289 meters. The lateral well encountered 1,225 meters of coal with good to excellent cleating and indications of reservoir permeability throughout based on samples and drilling fluid losses to the coal. Strong indications of gas were present throughout the drilling of the horizontal well bore.
Based on initial results, Longford Corporation has applied to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board to increase the number of permitted wells in the Barrhead area from the current one well per section. This increased downspacing program is designed to enhance water drainage and subsequent methane production.
Longford and its partners are currently completing the initial well. Early swab results appear to show good productivity and Longford will soon run a submersible pump and install temporary production facilities to confirm the productivity. Water production is expected to commence in September. Drilling operations and facility installation will commence in the fall of 2006 pending satisfactory results of the production test.
Longford has accumulated the CBM rights on 18,240 gross (4,800 net) acres of land with Mannville CBM potential in the Barrhead area. These properties are located in the vicinity of the Corbett Creek CBM project where horizontal well technology has been used to develop Mannville CBM production.
Longford Corporation is a Canadian oil and gas exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "LFD". The Company is focused on exploring for and developing North American oil and gas assets and currently has two Coal Bed Methane projects in Barrhead Alberta and Moundville Alabama.
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