GeoResources Reports Increase in Production, Reserves
GeoResources provided an operations update.
GeoResources' Bakken shale project in Williams County, North Dakota has acquired approximately 49,000 net leasehold acres and will be developing the acreage with two industry partners. The Company retained a 47.5% working interest (WI), representing approximately 23,300 net acres and is the operator of the project. At present, the Company controls thirty-eight 1,280 acre Bakken units, with material working interests in another forty-nine Bakken 1,280 acre units. We plan to commence drilling of at least three horizontal wells in the Middle Bakken Formation in September, 2010. Recent activity in Williams County has confirmed commercial production in the Middle Bakken formation, which is a primary objective for the joint venture. Secondary objectives include the Three Forks, Madison and the Red River formations.
To date, in our non-operated joint venture located in Mountrail and adjacent counties, the Company has participated in 58 wells drilled by its joint venture operator and has realized a 100% success rate. In addition, the Company owns minor working interests in more than 185 wells within the Bakken/Three Forks play. Our joint venture is currently running six drilling rigs and we acquire additional acreage and well interests, when available. Further, our first Bakken well in Montana is expected to begin drilling before the end of July. The Renegade #1-10H is located on our 2,920 gross acre RipRap prospect in Roosevelt County, Montana. We have a 25% working interest in the well and prospect. The Renegade well has uphole Ratcliff potential in addition to the Bakken main objective.
At present, 12-15 wells are scheduled for the third quarter of 2010 where the Company expects to have working interests in the 5% to 15% range. Additional wells are in the process of being permitted and scheduled. Completed well costs, including surface equipment and production facilities for single lateral wells drilled on 640 acre units are currently estimated at approximately $5.0 million and at $6.2 million for 1,280 acre units. Our recent wells drilled on 640 acre units have had 18-22 frac stages per well, while in 2010 several wells have been drilled on 1,280 acre units with up to 36 stage fracs. For the balance of 2010, the majority of our wells will continue to be drilled on 640 acre spacing units. In our view, the economics are attractive and acreage can be proved up and placed on production on an expedited basis.
During the Second Quarter of 2010, the Company has completed the Chappel Wood #1-H (47% WI) and the Wilkerson Davis Unit #1-H (52% WI). Our Chappel Woods well was successfully drilled as a dual lateral. The well was brought on production in May, initially tested at over 21 Mmcfed, but fell off to current production of only about 2.5 Mmcfed. Production is inconsistent with shows while drilling, indicative, we believe, of a down-hole restriction. Therefore, we have scheduled a slick water frac which should occur in July or early August. Wilkerson Davis was successfully completed. The well was brought on to production within the past week with an IP of 620 BOPD and 1,226 Mcfd.
To date, the Company has drilled 16 Austin Chalk wells and achieved a 100% success rate. Our present inventory includes 20 proved undeveloped and probable locations within the Giddings Field. Our working interest varies from 37% to 53%. With low gas prices, we have decided to release our Austin Chalk rig and work to accelerate our oil projects. Accordingly, we will defer Austin Chalk drilling until natural gas prices increase. We are in no jeopardy of losing leasehold positions. Our acreage position exceeds 68,000 gross acres, a majority of which is held by production and is prospective for the shallow Yegua and for the Eagle Ford Shale, Buda and Georgetown Formations.
Our St. Martinville Field is located in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. A high resolution 3-D seismic program has been shot and processed and is currently being integrated with sub-surface control and being interpreted. We have an approximate 97% working interest and average net revenue interest of 91%. This intermediate depth salt dome has produced over 15 million barrels of oil and 16 Bcf of natural gas at shallow depths above 7,000 feet. Additionally, the deeper Discorbis section has produced about 124 Bcf of natural gas and almost 2 million Bbls of oil at depths of 10,000 feet. Our last well, the Standard of Kansas #7, was drilled and completed at a cost of approximately $1.0 million with proved reserves estimated at 250,000 Bbls. We presently have one re-entry and three new wells scheduled and expect to begin drilling in late July or early August.
Frank A. Lodzinski, President and CEO of GeoResources, Inc. commented "We continue to demonstrate to the market that we have the capability and track record to operate profitably. In less than three years, we have tripled our production and reserves and consistently and significantly expanded our acreage positions and drilling inventory. We recently chose to release our Austin Chalk rig given low gas prices and to focus clearly on drilling for oil and liquids. Our net non-operated production in the Bakken trend of the Williston Basin continues to increase with the on-going success of our development program. As with most other companies’ active in the Williston Basin, we are experiencing delays between completion of drilling operations and commencement of production. Also, due to back-logs in title opinions, there is a three to six month lag in cash flow from production. Nevertheless, we are very happy with the economic success of our non-operated Bakken program and are banking additional production and cash flow. We are focused on commencing drilling of our operated Bakken acreage in September, 2010 and pleased with results announced by other operators in our area. Our St. Martinville project is clearly focused on shallow oil drilling opportunities and we expect to begin drilling in the near term."
Lodzinski further commented, "Finally, we have ample cash flow and liquidity to continue to develop our properties and continue to generate additional projects, as we have demonstrated to the market. In my opinion, GeoResources' market valuation does not adequately reflect our continued performance, demonstrated ability to generate additional projects or acreage valuations equivalent to competitors in our areas of operations, as reflected in market prices and recent IPO'S. However, I believe with continued performance and growth, the market will recognize our value and upside potential."
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