Caza Commences Drilling Ops at NM Lennox Well
Caza Oil & Gas, Inc. announced that drilling has commenced on the Company's Lennox Prospect ("Lennox") in Lea County, New Mexico. The Lennox State Unit 32 No. 2H horizontal well is the initial test well at Lennox.
Lennox Prospect, Lea County, New Mexico
As stated above, the Lennox State Unit 32 No. 2H horizontal well has commenced drilling. The well will be drilled to a total vertical depth of approximately 11,850 feet with a total measured depth of approximately 14,740 feet. The primary target is the Bone Spring Sands with potential secondary targets in the Delaware, Lower Brushy Canyon, Avalon Shale and Wolfcamp.
After selling an additional 7.5 percent working interest on a promoted basis and trading a 20 percent working interest on an acreage basis between Lennox and Madera/Roja Prospects (see below), Caza now has a 40 percent working interest before payout (31.88 percent net revenue interest) and a 50 percent working interest after payout (39.85 percent net revenue interest) in the Lennox State Unit 32 No. 2H well.
Madera and Roja Prospects, Lea County, New Mexico
The Company completed a working interest trade ahead of drilling at Lennox for interests in leases on two new Company projects called Madera and Roja Prospects ("Madera" and "Roja"). Caza traded a 20 percent non-operated working interest (15.94 percent net revenue interest) in the Lennox leases in return for a 20 percent non-operated working interest (16 percent net revenue interest) in two leases covering approximately 1,680 acres operated by Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY). OXY is expected to propose two wells, one on each lease, later this year.
Roja is a 280 acre lease located approximately 18 miles south of the Company's Copperline Prospect, and Madera is a 1,400 acre lease located approximately 20 miles south of Copperline. Both prospects contain target objectives similar to the Company's other Bone Spring projects, namely: Delaware, Lower Brushy Canyon, Avalon Shale, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bone Spring Sands and Wolfcamp.
Copperline Prospect, Lea County, New Mexico. The Company has filed for an Application for Permit to Drill (APD) the Caza Ridge 14 State No. 4H horizontal well. This well will be a direct offset to the Caza Ridge 14 State No. 3H horizontal 3rd Bone Spring well and is currently scheduled to be drilled later this year.
Caza will have a 58.75 percent working interest (45.97 percent net revenue interest) in the Caza Ridge 14 State No. 4H well.
Quail Ridge Prospect, Lea County, New Mexico. The Quail "16" State No. 4H horizontal well has reached its intended total depth of 15,605 feet measured depth and will be completed in the 3rd Bone Spring Sand. Once the well is fracture stimulated, it will be brought online. The operator intends to skid the rig to the Quail "16" State No. 6H horizontal well location and commence drilling operations to the 3rd Bone Spring Sand. Caza has elected to participate in the Quail "16" State No. 6H well.
The Quail Ridge wells, which offset the Company's Lynch property, have produced positive results, and despite having a small non-operated participation interest in the wells, the Company continues to gain valuable information for future drilling at Lynch and other Company projects.
Caza has a 0.25 percent working interest (0.1875 percent net revenue interest) in the Quail "16" State Nos. 4H and 6H wells.
Company Bone Spring Prospects, Lea and Eddy Counties, New Mexico. The Bone Spring formation in Lea and Eddy Counties, New Mexico, contains multiple potential pay zones for oil and liquids-rich natural gas. Caza's current prospects in the horizontal Bone Spring play are Lynch, Forehand Ranch, Forehand Ranch South, Lennox, Copperline, Mad River, Azotea Mesa, Bradley 29, Two Mesas, Quail Ridge, Rover, West Rover, West Copperline, Madera and Roja. The Company has acquired approximately 4,070 net acres in the play to date. Leasing and drilling activity continues to increase in the play and initial producing well rates continue to improve with technological advances in drilling and frac designs. The Company is well positioned in the play, and continues to exploit opportunities to build on its current acreage position.
W. Michael Ford, Chief Executive Officer commented:
"We continue to progress our Bone Spring drilling program in southeast New Mexico, and are very pleased to have commenced drilling operations on the Lennox horizontal Bone Spring prospect. This is the Company's third operated Bone Spring test well with a material participation interest since August 2012. We are equally pleased to have closed the working interest trade for interests in Madera and Roja prospects. These are very good projects, and we look forward to participating in test wells to be drilled on them along with a development well at Copperline later this year."
"Additionally, the Quail Ridge wells continue to produce good results and provide valuable drilling and completion information. This bodes well for future drilling operations on our Lynch property, located in the adjacent section, as well as the Company's other horizontal Bone Spring projects."
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