Callon announced that after previously being shut-in due to third-party downstream transmission line and processing facility damage caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, production has resumed at most of its significant facilities located in the Gulf of Mexico. The Company expects remaining shelf facilities, which are shut-in, to be online within the next several weeks. This should bring the daily production rate to approximately 38 MMcfe\\d which equals the Company’s pre-hurricane rate. The Company reaffirms previously issued guidance for the year of a rate of 31-35 MMcfe\\d.
Fred Callon, Chairman and CEO of Callon Petroleum said, "As we recently reported, the suspension of operations at Entrada was a major disappointment, however it does not inhibit Callon's liquidity or ability to grow the company. In these unusual times for our industry Callon remains a viable and adequately capitalized company. Production levels at our two major deepwater fields, Medusa and Habanero, and at most of our shelf properties have returned to pre-hurricane levels. We believe that cash flow from operations, combined with expected year end cash-on-hand, our senior secured credit facility and crude oil and natural gas hedges with a current cash value in excess of $20 million, provide us with significant liquidity to resume our drilling program as well as evaluate other opportunities, including producing property acquisitions."
Medusa Field -- Production for both oil and gas commenced on November 24, 2008, and has returned to pre-hurricane rates of approximately 14,600 barrels of oil (Bo) and 12 million cubic feet (MMcf) of natural gas per day. The company owns a 15% working interest.
Habanero Field -- Production commenced on November 12, 2008 and has returned to pre-hurricane rates of approximately 6,800 Bo and 9.6 MMcf per day. Callon owns an 11.25% working interest in the #2 well and a 25% working interest in the #1 well.
High Island Block 165/130 Field -- Production was resumed on October 4, 2008, and is currently 16.4 MMcf and 110 Bo a day from the High Island Block 130 number two well, which produces from Gyro K-2 and High Island Block 130 number one well which has been recompleted to a Rob L sand. Callon owns a 16.7% working interest in Rob L and 11.7% interest in deeper sands.
East Cameron Block 2 (North Pronghorn) -- First production commenced in the third quarter and the well is currently producing 7 MMcf and 165 Bo per day. Callon owns a 42.5% working interest in the well.
West Cameron Block 295 Field -- Production is expected to commence within the next two weeks. Prior to the hurricanes the field was producing at rates of 19 MMcf and 120 Bo per day from the number two and number four wells. In addition, work is planned to return the #3 well to production. The #2 and #4 wells are operated now by Mariner while the number three well is operated by Cimarex. Callon owns a 20.5% working interest in the wells.
The High Island 119 and East Cameron 257 fields should be back online within the next several weeks.
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