Westside Energy Corp. on Thursday reported that the Fortenberry #2H well (WHT 39.5% WI), its first Wise County, Texas, horizontal well in the North Program area, was successfully completed and tested at a gross initial rate of 982 MCF/D and 82 BO/D (1.5 MMCFE/D) on a 33/64 inch choke. The well continues to unload completion fluid. Westside anticipates that the choke will be opened further after the initial surge of fluid is recovered. As reported previously, gas production in this area averages over 1,200 BTU/CF.
The company's second well in Hill County, the Ellison Estate #1H, has been completed and is currently unloading natural gas and frac fluid. A test rate for this well will be announced once stabilized rates have been recorded. Westside's third Hill County well, the Primula #2H (WHT 50% WI), is currently in the drilling phase. The Primula #2H is the first of the eight well drilling program budgeted for the remainder of 2007 in Hill County.
Douglas G. Manner, Westside's Chief Executive Officer, stated: "The majority of the wells drilled by industry in the counties in our North Program area have historically been vertical due to the thicker nature of the gross Barnett Shale interval. We are encouraged, however, by the positive results in this horizontal test as it relates to our view of the hydrocarbon potential and future development plans in this area."
Dallas-based Westside Energy is an oil and gas company focused on exploiting its significant acreage position in the prolific Barnett Shale trend in North Texas.