Kodiak O&G to Ramp Up Production at Williston Basin

Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. provided an interim corporate update on recent drilling and completion activities.

Interim Drilling and Completion Operations Update

In conjunction with closing its latest acquisition in January 2012, the Company assumed its sixth operated rig. All of Kodiak's operated drilling rigs are presently drilling ahead on wells in North Dakota, with one rig in Dunn County, two rigs in southern Williams County and three rigs in McKenzie County. Furthermore, the Company has an approximate 50 percent working interest in lands being drilled by two non-operated drilling rigs as part of its Dunn County Area of Mutual Interest (AMI).

The Company has entered into a contract for a seventh operated rig, a new build rig, which is scheduled for second quarter 2012 delivery. As the year progresses, Kodiak plans to operate one to three rigs in Dunn County, two to three rigs in McKenzie County and three to four rigs in Williams County. The 2012 to 2013 drilling program is designed so that Kodiak is positioned to have nearly all of its acreage held by production by mid-2013, eliminating leasehold expiry across much of its 155,000 net acre position in the Williston Basin.

Effective January 1, 2012, Kodiak assumed control of a 24-hour dedicated completion crew. The two-year agreement is expected to allow for continuous and timely completion operations. To accommodate an expanded well completion schedule from the October 2011 and January 2012 acquisitions, a second completion crew was recently secured on an "as-needed" basis for work beginning in mid-February 2012.

Between the Company's operations update in mid-October 2011 and January 2012, Kodiak completed eight gross (4.7 net) operated wells. In addition to its operated wells, the Company participated in the completion of four gross (1.9 net) non-operated wells under its Dunn County AMI. Initial production results from the wells, where available, are included in the table below.

Kodiak currently has 13 gross (11.0 net) operated wells that have been drilled and are being completed or waiting to commence completion operations. Three of these wells are on multi-well pads where all of the drilling has not been completed. Drilling activity by the AMI partner continues with two gross (1.0 net) wells drilled and waiting on completion. Non-operated drilling and completion activities within the AMI are expected to continue throughout 2012.

Workover activity has commenced to remediate the first of the mechanical liner issues that were recently experienced. Completion of these wells is expected to commence during late first quarter 2012 and continue based upon results. The Company has discontinued utilization of the completion systems that resulted in the mechanical issues. Kodiak expects the new completion systems to materially eliminate the previously experienced issues.

Commenting on ongoing operations, Kodiak's Chairman and CEO Lynn A. Peterson said, "We continue to integrate the recently acquired properties and have allocated drilling rigs in three geographic areas where we plan to focus our drilling program during 2012. With our drilling program, we believe we can readily hold nearly all of our leasehold by production in early 2013, generating a multi-year development program. With our additional workover rigs secured in January, we have returned most of the acquired wells to production and can stay ahead of our completion schedule. Our full-time dedicated completion crew, along with the additional part time crews, allows us to work through our inventory of high-working-interest wells waiting on completion.

"The completion table indicates lower-than-usual initial rates on our Charging Eagle wells. We attribute this anomaly to an all-sliding-sleeves completion and the resulting well bore restrictions during flow-back, combined with a delayed delivery in the coil tubing unit required to drill out plugs. Several weeks after initial completions operations were concluded, the wells were cleaned out and have returned to expected production rates. Our team made great strides in January on both new drilling and completion activities as well as in routine maintenance operations. With mild winter conditions in North Dakota, all operations are running efficiently allowing Kodiak to best execute on our 2012 program."


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