Orchard Petroleum Makes Gas Discovery with Edge 1-10
Orchard Petroleum reports that the Edge 1-10 exploration well has reached its targeted depth of 7,860 feet and has encountered gas in the primary objective at approximately 6,300 feet.
Based on the electric logging of the well, there appears to be multiple gas intervals totaling approximately 15 to 20 feet of net pay in the primary objective which is similar to other gas accumulations experienced in producing wells in the surrounding area.
The decision to set pipe and complete the Edge 1-10 well has been made. A testing program will begin following the testing of the Larner 2-12 well, scheduled to commence right after the New Year. A commercial gas flow test at Edge 1-10 will require an easy to construct two mile pipeline before production can commence. OP Inc will also be assessing whether to high grade other prospects near the Edge 1-10 well based on results achieved.
The Edge 1-10 well is the second well in the current two well drilling program to encounter gas in the primary objective. Orchard is planning for a new 6 well program in 2006 and, subject to rig availability, expects drilling to start in the second quarter of 2006 after the rainy season.
Orchard has been exploring for gas in the Sacramento Basin of Northern California for over two years. We have participated in 5 wells, four of which have been completed. Of the wells drilled, Orchard has been the operator of two wells, both of which have been completed as discoveries.
Orchard is extremely pleased with the success in both wells drilled in the Forbes Gas Project under the new partnership with Livingstone Petroleum Ltd. This gives us confidence that many more wells will be drilled as part of this project.
Orchard's knowledge and understanding of the Forbes area has grown tremendously. We are building a solid base for us to move ahead with a long term gas program to go along with our large leased acreage position. This area contains a strong prospect inventory covered by 3D seismic and existing production operated by OP Inc which enhances the commercial value of discoveries and that will hopefully assist in continuing to add to our current production base.
The success at Edge 1-10 and Larner 2-12 goes a long way in supporting the new technical assessments of our prospects in the area and the ability to identify potential gas targets.
Participants in Edge 1-10 are OP Inc as operator with 50% and Livingstone with 50%.
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