Voyager Encounters O&G Shows in Niobrara Play
Voyager O&G provided an operational update regarding its Bakken and Niobrara activity.
Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks
Voyager currently controls approximately 24,000 net acres in the Williston Basin, primarily in Williams, McKenzie and Mountrail Counties, North Dakota and Richland and Roosevelt Counties, Montana. Voyager has spud twelve gross Bakken wells, of which three are producing, four are drilling and five are completing. By the end of 2010, Voyager expects to spud 15 gross Bakken wells. In 2011, Voyager expects to spud approximately 35 gross and 5 net Bakken wells based on recent permitting activity on Voyager's leasehold interests. J.R. Reger, Voyager's CEO, commented, "The accelerated production and positive results across our Bakken/Three Forks position continue to remain within our original expectations. We believe that our 24,000 core acres are being developed by some of the best operators in the play and we are excited to be participating in this premier oil resource play. We continue to focus most of our efforts on leasing and acquisitions in the Bakken and Three Forks play. We are excited to be moving into the production ramp-up stage across our Bakken position. We expect substantial reserve and production additions over the coming months as the position is rapidly developed."
D-J Basin Niobrara
Voyager recently participated with Slawson Exploration in three gross Niobrara well completions in the D-J Basin Niobrara play. Slawson is currently setting surface casing on 22 additional drilling locations that have been delineated and high-graded by initial results from the first three wells and other operator results in the area.
The Bushwacker well is located in the western portion of Slawson's Weld County, Colorado lease block in Section 24, Township 11N, Range 67W. The well experienced significant geosteering issues in the Niobrara B formation and a majority of the lateral is believed to be low or out of the Niobrara B target zone. The well was recently completed with a 19-stage fracture stimulation and flowed back primarily frac fluids with a trace of oil. The well is temporarily shut in pending results of the Moonshine #1-36H and the Outlaw #1-16H. The well was drilled and completed for $3.0 million, below the AFE estimate of $4.2 million. We expect that the lateral portion of the well may be re-drilled and re-stimulated in either the Niobrara B or the Codell formation.
The Moonshine well is located east of the Bushwacker well in Section 36, Township 11N, Range 65W Weld County, Colorado. The well experienced encouraging oil and gas shows in The Niobrara B formation during drilling and was recently completed with a 19-stage fracture stimulation. The well is currently flowing back primarily frac water with a 13% oil cut. Although the well is producing approximately 20 BOPD, the well will be placed on pump in late October and currently is expected to be a commercial producer. The well was drilled and completed for $3.29 million, below the AFE estimate of $4.2 million.
The Outlaw well is located between the Moonshine and Bushwacker wells in Section 16, Township 11N, Range 66W Weld County, Colorado. The Outlaw well experienced encouraging oil and gas shows during drilling in the Niobrara B formation and is currently being completed. Three stages of the well were fracture stimulated and the fourth stage pressured out. The well is currently flowing back primarily frac water with a 3% oil cut. The remainder of the fracture stimulation is expected to be completed in late October. The well has incurred $1.3 million in drilling and completion costs to date and is expected to be fully completed for less than $3 million.
J.R. Reger commented, "We are encouraged by what we are seeing as we move east in the lease block with the Moonshine and the Outlaw wells. We are especially encouraged by the drilling and completion costs of approximately $3 million per well. We expect the Niobrara Play to continue to evolve and improve. Recent results by other operators in the area are beginning to come in and the operators are beginning to share data regarding target zone, azimuth (horizontal direction) and completion techniques. The horizontal Niobrara play is in its infancy and we expect the learning curve to be steep. Slawson is currently setting surface casing on 22 high-grade locations, based on the shows from the Moonshine and Outlaw wells. Slawson will commence drilling on the lease block when the surface casing is set on all 22 high-grade locations and additional field data regarding drilling and completions techniques has been received. Several of the high-grade locations are in the immediate vicinity of recent EOG results that have been very encouraging. Slawson and Voyager continue to acquire acreage in the core area of the play and we continue to add additional drilling opportunities to our inventory as the play evolves. We are excited about the pace with which this play is developing and we expect the data from these first 3 delineation wells to aid in our future leasing and drilling."