Cano Announces New Barnett Shale Discovery
Cano Petroleum, Inc. on Tuesday announced a new field discovery in its Desdemona Field located in Eastland County, Texas. The company has successfully completed its first vertical Barnett Shale well (#E-8) with an Absolute Open Flow (AOF) rate of approximately 820 mcfpd, at a depth of approximately 3,450 feet from a 125 foot thick producing interval. The #E-8 was fracture stimulated on November 17th and flow tested for 10 days resulting in a stabilized flow rate of approximately 400 mcfpd and 100 barrels of water per day. Current gas sales from this well are approximately 350 mcfpd. Water production appears to be coming from the Marble Falls formation which is situated directly above the Barnett Shale. The water will be re-injected into the Duke Sand formation where the company is planning to initiate a waterflood in 2007.
Gas sales from the #E-8 well commenced on November 24th, 27 days after spud date. Due to extensive existing infrastructure in this field, Cano has the capacity to deliver up to 10 mmcfpd under its existing gas sales contract and is currently exploring opportunities for up to 20 mmcfpd of additional capacity.
In addition to the #E-8 well, Cano has drilled and completed 3 additional Barnett Shale wells in the field and has fracture stimulated 2 of them (#E2 and #E10). Both wells are currently flowing back load water while the remaining well (#E11) is scheduled to be stimulated within the next 7 days. The company is currently drilling ahead with two drilling rigs on its 5th and 6th wells in the field. Cano currently plans to complete only the Barnett Shale formation in its previously announced 10 well program in field and will later look to test the Marble Falls formation. The Marble Falls formation is currently producing from 3 wells the company re-completed earlier this year in the field. Gas sales from these Marble Falls wells are approximately 135 mcfpd. The company is examining the addition of gas compression for the Marble Falls wells as their current gas sales are being restricted due to high line pressure.
Cano anticipates having all 10 Barnett Shale wells in its initial program drilled and completed by February 2007. Upon completion and evaluation of this 10 well program, field development for both the Barnett Shale and Marble Falls formations could be continued on 20 acre vertical well spacing.
"We are very encouraged about the early results from our Barnett Shale drilling program," said Jeff Johnson, Cano's Chairman and CEO. "With our approximately 10,000 contiguous acre position and 20 acre spacing, this new field discovery could provide significant added value for our shareholders."
Panhandle Field - Phase I Waterflood Development
Cano has 1 drilling rig and 15 workover rigs running in the Panhandle Field. Cano has drilled and completed the first waterflood replacement well in its Phase I pattern. The company plans to drill up to 20 replacement wells prior to commencing Phase I of waterflood operations in its Cockrell Ranch Unit. The company anticipates Phase I water injection to commence in the second quarter of calendar year 2007, with initial response anticipated in the fourth calendar quarter of 2007.
Desdemona Field - Waterflood Development
Cano anticipates beginning drilling of its initial waterflood pattern of up to 4 water injection wells and 7 producers in the Desdemona Field in the first calendar quarter of 2007, with water injection anticipated to commence in the second calendar quarter of 2007. Initial response is anticipated in the fourth calendar quarter of 2007.
Cano currently has 1 drilling rig and 1 workover rig running in the Corsicana Field. To date the company has drilled and completed 11 waterflood pattern wells out of a total of 16 total anticipated to be drilled. The company plans to re-establish a prior waterflood with water injection commencing in the second calendar quarter of 2007. Based on the waterflood pattern response and timing, an ASP pilot is anticipated to be designed and is projected to be implemented in the third calendar quarter of 2007.
Cano currently has 2 workover rigs running in the Nowata Field with approximately 10 out of 15 scheduled wells to date having been returned to production. The company has sourced surfactants, polymers and plant facilities for a scheduled second calendar quarter 2007 start-up of an ASP pilot.
Cano has 2 workover rigs running in the Davenport Field with 12 of a scheduled 24 wells having been returned to production to date. The company anticipates having all scheduled wells being returned to production within 90 days. Upon completion of the workovers, the company anticipates initiating an ASP pilot project in the first calendar quarter 2008 contingent upon successful laboratory studies.
Jeff Johnson, Cano's Chairman and CEO said, "As is evident from our increased level of activity, Cano remains on track to expend our previously announced FY 2007 $41 million capital budget."
Cano Petroleum Inc. is an independent Texas-based energy producer with properties in the mid-continent region of the United States. Led by an experienced management team, Cano's primary focus is on increasing domestic production from proven fields using enhanced recovery methods.