Richards Oil & Gas Drills Ardley Horizontal Test Well

Richards Oil & Gas Limited has completed drilling operations at its first Ardley horizontal test well near Hinton, Alberta. The well successfully reached the initial target horizontal length of 500 meters; no problems or unforeseen events were encountered during drilling. In addition, the company recently tied in two Gadsby Glauconite gas wells, adding approximately one million cubic feet/day to its gas production.

Status of operations at Ardley horizontal test

"Our technical team is very pleased with the drilling of the Ardley test," said David Thomas, President & CEO of Richards. "We have successfully demonstrated the feasibility of horizontal drilling in the 'dry' Ardley coals at this location and, as a result, we have acquired useful knowledge for application in future wells. The well was also brought in on budget."

The drilling rig has been released and the Company is preparing the well for testing which is expected to commence before year end. Testing will be conducted over a three to four week period to evaluate the reservoir characteristics and the potential productivity of this particular Ardley coal seam.

Two gas wells tied in at Gadsby

On December 10th, the Company tied in two Glauconite gas wells in the Gadsby area of central Alberta. Tie-in operations were completed during the recent spell of warm weather and on budget. Combined initial production from the wells is in excess of 1.0 mmscf/d. The pipeline crew has moved onto the third well in the program, a Viking gas well that, depending on favorable weather conditions, should be placed on production before the end of the month.

A Calgary-based exploration company, Richards Oil & Gas Limited is involved in the development of hydrocarbon resources in Western Canada, with an emphasis on the exploitation of coal bed methane (CBM) in Horseshoe Canyon, Mannville and Ardley coal zones.