NGAS's Leatherwood on Target, Plans for 20 Horizontal Wells

NGAS Resources, Inc. has provided an update on its horizontal drilling activity in its core Leatherwood field.
The company has been actively drilling horizontal wells through the Devonian shale in its Leatherwood field since February 2008.

The fourth and fifth wells have now been on line for over 30 days, with average production rates of 203 thousand cubic feet per day (Mcf/d) and 360 Mcf/d, respectively. The company retained working interests of 100 percent in the fourth well and 87.5 percent in the fifth well.

The company’s next three horizontal wells have been drilled to total vertical depth and are ready for the horizontal drilling rig to complete the drilling phase. The company retained a 50 percent working interest in these wells. Each well is expected to have a single lateral leg up to 3,500 feet through the lower Huron section of the Devonian shale. The ninth horizontal well in the project will be spudded later this week.

"We are very pleased with the production results from our first five horizontal wells in Leatherwood. Based on the continued success of the program, we plan to drill at least 20 horizontal wells this year. Our growth strategy in our core area for 2008 will be focused on our horizontal drilling project in Leatherwood, as well as adding to our acreage position in key fields," said President and CEO William S. Daugherty.

"Our horizontal drilling program has the potential to significantly increase production and reserves for the company over the long term, both from Leatherwood and our other core areas in the Appalachian Basin," added Daugherty.