Magellan Energy has provided shareholders with additional information on its Lankford Lease. The Lankford Lease, comprising of 11 producing wells, is located on the Chattanooga Shale. A recent report on the Chattanooga shale reserve potential confirms the Company's own due diligence and its subsequent participation in the project with its partner, TMD Energy.
A five county area of Late Devonian Age Chattanooga Shale gas production exists under the Cumberland Plateau. These counties are Scott, Morgan, Fentress, Anderson, and Campbell Counties. The thickness of the Chattanooga Shale under these counties ranges from 30 feet to a known maximum of 828 feet. The natural gas in this reservoir is absorbed onto the surface of organic matter in the Chattanooga black shale. The Chattanooga Shale under the Plateau is in the peak oil phase of thermal maturity and is still generating hydrocarbons.
The Lankford Lease wells are located in Morgan County. Currently, the wells are producing from the Monteagle formation. Monteagle limestone is a Mississippian age formation that is a consistent oil and gas producing formation. Other Monteagle gas wells in the area are still producing commercial quantities of gas after 30 years. The Lankford Lease wells have been drilled to the shale formation and the Company is confident that a significant amount of gas from the formation exists on their lease. The Chattanooga Shale gas reserves under the Cumberland Plateau are substantial and horizontal drilling and re-completion of existing wells will be an important factor in developing them.
The Company intends to frac at least two of the wells at the earliest opportunity to increase natural gas production and is considering additional horizontal drilling to maximize long-term gas production from the Chattanooga Shale.
Reserve estimates indicate a conservative gas in place value of 3.198 bcfg/mi.2 for the area under the Cumberland Plateau. These calculations assume a gas content of 20 scf/ton of gas in the Chattanooga Shale. Miller Petroleum, Inc. is in possession of geochemical data that justifies this as a minimal gas in place number.
Miller Petroleum, Inc., KY-TENN Oil, and Knox Energy, LLC are presently developing the natural gas resource on the Cumberland Plateau. There are numerous existing wells on the Cumberland Plateau that can be re-completed as Chattanooga Shale gas wells. The Lankford Lease wells have been drilled to the shale and Magellan believes they are excellent prospects to tap into this reserve.
According to the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2009, U.S dependence on imported oil is expected to decline over the next 25 years -- due to high prices and limited resources; and natural gas production, led by gas shales, is expected to provide the majority of growth in gas supply. As the economy improves, we should see a marked improvement in the price of natural gas and in the overall value of the Chattanooga Shale gas reserves.
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