Empyrean provided the following update on operations at the Sugarloaf Project within the Sugarkane Gas & Condensate Field, Texas.
Rancho Grande Initial Production Rate
The Rancho Grande-1H well commenced flow back on June 1, 2010 and has been flowing on a reduced choke setting. The maximum production rate averaged over a consecutive 24 hour period has been:-
The intent of producing the well on a reduced choke setting is to investigate whether limited reservoir drawdown can improve decline rates and ultimate recovery from the wells. It should be understood that the well is capable of flowing at a higher rate, but this investigation is part of the ongoing efforts to optimize the commerciality of the field. In addition, the following comments should be considered:
A further announcement will be made as significant developments occur.
Empyrean Director Tom Kelly said, "This is another strong production result from recently drilled and stimulated wells at Sugarloaf. These flow rates, along with the recently reported 30 day production rates from Easley and Morgan further demonstrate that that the knowledge gained to optimize the drilling and completion of these wells is now resulting in consistently strong production rates.
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