Galleon Energy Inc. has announced continued drilling success during third quarter 2008.
Galleon is on track to achieve one of its 2008 strategic goals of growing its position in the Montney resource base. Strong economics have been proven for horizontal wells with multi staged fractures in the Eastern Montney fairway. The viability of new Montney plays in BC and in the Central Montney fairway have also been proven. Although we are in the early stages of applying relatively recent advances in horizontal completion techniques, Galleon sees wide ranging application of this multi stage fracture technology to its many projects. In addition, the strength of Galleon's light oil portfolio has been demonstrated through consistent drilling success.
Eastern Montney Project Update
The Eastern Montney natural gas pool represents a significant resource to Galleon. This project has seen production grow to 3,987 BOE/d (22.1 Mmcf/d of natural gas and 304 Bbl/d of light oil) today from 333 BOE/d (2 Mmcf/d of natural gas) in June 2005. This is currently Galleon's largest producing area.
The recent production growth is primarily due to horizontal drilling technology and advancement in completion methods. Nine horizontal wells are currently producing, in aggregate, 1,687 BOE/d (9.4 Mmcf/d of natural gas and 128 Bbl/d of light oil), exceeding Galleon's expectations. The production data suggests that horizontal wells have a higher production profile (2 to 5 times better) and lower initial production decline rates than the vertical wells. The horizontal drilling technology has positively changed the development strategy of the Eastern Montney project. Galleon intends to continue with this method of exploitation.
To date, the economics of the horizontal wells have proven to be better than the vertical wells on a rate of return and reserve optimization basis. The average cost of each horizontal well (including fracturing and tie in) is $1.3 million compared to the average cost of $0.8 million for each vertical well. Horizontal well payouts are expected to be less than one year based on current production rates, commodity prices, royalty rates and operating costs.
Galleon plans to drill up to 24 Montney horizontal wells in 2008, of which 10 wells have been drilled. Up to fourteen wells will be drilled in Q4 2008 by using 2 to 3 drilling rigs. There are currently 38 horizontal locations in the drilling queue and clear vision to another 50 horizontal locations in the main core under current spacing regulations. There is potential for another 200 horizontal locations within the mapped boundaries of the pool.
To date, Galleon has drilled over 80 vertical wells and 10 horizontal wells in the Eastern Montney project. The wells are located throughout an area covering 35 miles in length and 12 miles in width. Galleon has access to approximately 313,000 gross acres of land with Montney potential. Galleon will test at least 2 new Montney plays on the east side of the area in fourth quarter 2008.
Central Montney Project Update
Galleon is committed to growing its Montney presence in the Central Montney region with at least 5 new Montney resource plays being tested in 2008.
In July 2008, the first Montney horizontal well with multi stage fractures was drilled, completed and placed on production. The production from this well has been stable at approximately 3.1 Mmcf/d of natural gas and 20 Bbls/d of oil over the past two months. This is an important well because it confirms that the fairway has significant resource potential. This well is a key centre point for growth in the play. Three other Montney plays were tested with success in the third quarter of 2008.
Galleon has access to over 193,000 gross acres of land in the Central Montney fairway and plans to drill 2 Montney vertical wells in Q4 2008.
British Columbia Montney Project Update
In Q3 2008, Galleon employed the horizontal multi fracture technology on its BC lands. A Montney horizontal well (77% interest) was drilled and completed and is currently testing in an extended flow period. The well has tested at a stabilized rate of 200 BOE/d of 42 degree API crude oil and 1 Mmcf/d of natural gas throughout a three day period. The total cost of the well was approximately $2.25 million. Payout of the well is expected to be less than one year based on current production rates, commodity prices, royalty rates and operating costs.
Galleon is committed to developing its resource plays in BC in a program designed to test at least 4 additional resource fairways. Galleon has access to approximately 50,847 gross acres (average 69% interest) of land in BC.
Light Oil Project Update
Galleon drilled 6 successful light oil wells at McLeans Creek in Q3 2008. Galleon plans to drill 2 more oil targets in Q4 2008. On existing seismic, up to 20 locations have been identified. A new 275 sq km 3D seismic program is currently being acquired which is expected to provide drilling opportunities for a number of years to come.
At Normandville/Kimiwan/Culp, 4 exploration wells targeting light oil were drilled. One well was completed successfully, one well is waiting on completion and two wells were unsuccessful in the target zone but were cased for up-hole zones. Two wells will be drilled for oil targets in these areas in Q4 2008.
At Puskwa, the focus has been on increasing water injection capacity so as to maintain a one to one injection to production ratio. One well was drilled for this purpose in Q3 2008. Wells such as this provide a very low risk method of increasing production by allowing an incremental increase of oil production for every barrel of water injected. In Q3 2008, the gas plant and oil battery were modified to increase liquids recovery from the natural gas produced and to make the waterflood operation more efficient. Galleon will continue to pursue optimization at Puskwa in Q4 2008. No wells are planned but work is continuing on applications for an expanded water flood and down spacing through the regulatory process.
At Eaglesham, 3 Wabamun wells are planned in Q4 2008. Two exploratory light oil targets will also be drilled at Kakut and additional drilling will occur on confidential plays in Q4 2008.
New Project Area
In third quarter 2008, six wells were drilled in the new growth area of Kakut. Four wells were cased for lower Cretaceous gas production, one well is currently being tested and one well was abandoned after encountering a deep over pressured gas zone. This well was cemented prior to running casing but will be redrilled as the well confirmed a high deliverability gas zone. The Kakut drilling program was focused on confirming threshold reserves for the expansion of Galleon's natural gas plant in the area. These reserves have been delineated and the expansion of the Kakut gas plant to 15 Mmcf/d is underway and scheduled for completion in November 2008. Currently, net production capacity of approximately 430 BOE/d is behind pipe. One deep well with multizone potential is drilling at Kakut. One additional medium depth well is planned for Q4 2008.
Production for the third quarter of 2008 is expected to average between 17,100 BOE/d and 17,500 BOE/d based on field report estimates which compares to 13,726 BOE/d in Q3 2007 and 16,191 BOE/d in Q2 2008. The third quarter 2008 average production was impacted by longer down time for the gas plant and oil battery modifications at Puskwa and an unscheduled gathering system shutdown at third party facilities at Alexis and St. Anne. Fourth quarter 2008 production is targeted to average between 18,800 BOE/dand 19,600 BOE/d. The main drivers of production growth in Q4 2008 will be the Eastern Montney, Central Montney, Kakut and light oil (Eaglesham and McLeans Creek) projects.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, Galleon plans to drill between 40 and 45 wells. The drilling program is focused on natural gas and light oil.
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