For the year to date, the Company has drilled a total of sixteen discoveries out of twenty-one exploratory tests in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in the Gulf Coast region, including two discoveries in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, for a success rate of 76% to date. The Company scheduled its third quarter conference call for November 6, 2006 at 8:30 A.M. central time, and also announced it is scheduled to present at the Merrill Lynch Global Energy Conference on November 1, 2006 in New York, NY.
Recent Exploratory Successes and Current Operations
The Company announced two recent exploratory successes on the Shelf, one located in Vermilion 101 and the other in West Cameron 98. At Vermilion 101, the #1 well was drilled to a total depth of 10,363 feet and encountered apparent high quality natural gas pay in a single interval. The well, which was moderate risk, moderate potential, is expected to be on line by the end of the fourth quarter of 2006. EPL, the operator, holds a 75% working interest in the well. The Company is scheduled to drill an additional exploratory well in a nearby block before the end of this year. The Company also announced an exploratory success in the West Cameron 98 #A3st well. The well was drilled to a total depth of 13,465 feet and encountered apparent high quality natural gas pay in a single exploratory interval before drilling deeper to a development sand. The #A3st well is expected to be on line in November of 2006. EPL, the operator, holds a 100% working interest in the well.
The Company is currently drilling two exploratory wells, Raton South, a moderate risk, high potential deepwater exploration well in Mississippi Canyon 292 and Four Rivers, a moderate risk, moderate potential onshore well in Cameron Parish. The Company plans to commence eight additional exploratory tests before the end of year.
3rd Quarter Earnings Conference Call Information
EPL also announced it will host a conference call to review third quarter 2006 results on November 6, 2006 at 8:30 A.M. central time. The Company will issue a press release on the same morning before the call covering results for the quarter. On the call, management will discuss operational and financial results and also provide an update on guidance for the balance of 2006.
To participate in the EPL conference call, callers in the United States and Canada can dial (877) 612-5303 and international callers can dial (706) 634-0487. The Conference I.D. for callers is 9607657.
The call will be available for replay beginning two hours after the call is completed through midnight of November 11, 2005. For callers in the United States and Canada, the toll-free number for the replay is (800) 642-1687. For international callers the number is (706) 645-9291. The Conference I.D. for all callers to access the replay is 9607657.
The conference call will be webcast live as well as for on-demand listening at the Company's web site, www.eplweb.com. Listeners may access the call through the "Conference Calls" link in the Investor Relations section of the site. The call will also be available through the CCBN Investor Network.
Upcoming Merrill Lynch Global Conference Information
EPL is scheduled to present at the Merrill Lynch Global Energy Conference on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 9:40 A.M. eastern time in New York, NY. Richard A. Bachmann, EPL's Chairman and CEO, will provide a financial and operational overview on the Company during the presentation. A copy of the presentation handout will be available for download on the Company's web site, www.eplweb.com, in the Investor Relations section.
Founded in 1998, EPL is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Company's operations are focused along the U. S. Gulf Coast, both onshore in south Louisiana and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.
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