Westmont Resources to Add Acreage in Marcellus Region
Westmont Resources completed an agreement that will extend Westmont's reach and resources with the acquisition of 1,600 leased acres and 60 existing wells in the Marcellus Shale region in the northwest tier of West Virginia.
Preliminary estimates indicate that the value of the reserves associated with these 1,600 leased acres in Wetzel County of northwest West Virginia from the existing 60 wells located on the leases could amount to nearly $19.7 million. Westmont believes that with additional exploration an additional 30 wells could be drilled on the leased acreage increasing the potential reserves for the entire project by an estimated $9.3 million, or a combined estimated value for the new West Virginia leases of $29 million. This is based on the company's review of other assessments and production in the immediate area.
Westmont Resources has been working to obtain oil and gas leases in the Marcellus and Chattanooga Shale Region. Representing roughly 61,000 square miles, it stretches from Upper New York, through western Pennsylvania and into eastern Ohio and most of Kentucky and West Virginia and parts of Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. It is believed one of the richest natural gas fields in the World. In early 2008, geoscientists at Penn State Univ., and SUNY Fredonia estimated that the Marcellus & Chattanooga contains more than 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. These reserves represent more than 2 times the current reserves located in Saudi Arabia. The shale contains largely untapped natural gas reserves, and its proximity to the high-demand markets along the East Coast makes it an attractive target for energy development.
Westmont's portfolio, in addition to this most recent acquisition in the West Virginia Marcellus Shale region, includes development of two significant blocks in the Chattanooga Shale region in northern Tennessee consisting of 92 wells and an additional 45 wells, and an additional 1,800 lease acres with 60 existing wells in Pennsylvania. "Our specialty is applying cutting-edge technology in order to 'wring additional value from' long-lived, low risk natural gas and oil properties - To squeeze more oil out of mature basins. These new Pennsylvania assets are an excellent fit with our existing core areas and will expand our portfolio," said Glenn McQuiston, Westmont's President.