Aztec Oil & Gas to Participate in South Deep Lake Field Project
Aztec Oil & Gas has signed an agreement to participate in a drilling program in the South Deep Lake Field in Cameron Parish, Louisiana (state lease 18172). Under the terms of the agreement, Aztec will participate in a minority interest in drilling and completion of a single well with an approximate target depth of 19,000 feet.
Drilling of this well, which is expected to cost approximately $14.5 million to drill and another approximately $5 million to complete, has already been drilled to over 6,000 feet. The operator, PetroQuest Energy, Inc., expects the drilling phase of this well to take approximately three months to complete due to the projected high gas pressures and volumes which should be encountered during the drilling.
"This is the most potentially significant well in which Aztec Oil & Gas has participated to date and we are extremely excited about the promise it holds. The South Deep Lake field holds an enormous amount of natural gas and the operator on this project is very optimistic about the potential production of this well. The scope of this project has brought together some very powerful players with impressive track records in the oil & gas industry. Aztec is pleased to be able to join them in such a notable project. Aztec's goal is to continually seek out promising prospects that hold the potential for high returns in an effort to help build a diverse portfolio with high, long-term value for our shareholders," said Dr. Kenneth Lehrer, Chief Financial Officer of Aztec Oil & Gas, Inc.
In additional to the above referenced programs, in late
2004, Aztec Oil and Gas acquired its 31.283% interest in
Z2, LLC. Z2, LLC owns 100% of the working interest in the
7,200+ acre Big Foot oil field in Texas. The field was first
discovered by Shell Oil in 1949, developed in the 1950's
and has yielded over 22 million barrels over the past five
decades. Aztec also recently acquired a minority interest
in two Deep Lake well prospects in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
Drilling, logging, and casing of the first Deep Lake well
has been completed to its target depth of 14,321 feet. That
well is currently awaiting a completion rig. The second
Deep Lake well is presently being drilled to its approximate
target depth of 13,200 feet. Aztec is also participating
in a drilling program in the Barnett Shale play located
in Cooke, Wise and Montague Counties, Texas; as well as
two drilling projects in Wharton County, Texas.