Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Horizontal Drilling In Permian Basin

Horizontal drilling and presumably "geosteering" is apparently not limited to the shale gas plays going on around the United States. Whatever the case, it beats drilling in 5,000 feet of water. My guess is there is a lot of oil to be "wrung out" of various "tite" formations in places like the Permian Basin.

FieldPoint Partners in New Mexico HZ Drilling Project
FieldPoint Petroleum Corp. 6/21/2010

FieldPoint has signed an operating agreement with Cimarex to drill two wells that will target the Bone Spring formation in section 15 of the East Lusk Federal field in Lea County, New Mexico. The proposals include the possibility of drilling an additional well in the same section, depending upon the success of the first two wells. The total cost for each well is expected to be approximately $4,000,000.

The wells are proposed to be drilled vertically to a depth of approximately 9,500 feet to the Bone Spring formation and laterally within the formation to the bottom hole location. Total measured depth of the wells is expected to be approximately 14,000 plus feet. The time that drilling will begin is at the discretion of Cimarex, but it is anticipated that drilling will begin within approximately 90 to 120 days.

FieldPoint is aware of at least one horizontal well within approximately 5-10 miles of the subject area that had production tests ranging from 400 to 800 barrels of oil per day. This is not necessarily an indication of what the proposed wells should be expected to produce.

FieldPoint’s President and CEO, Ray Reaves stated, "There are two highly important aspects of this drilling program. First, we believe that when it comes down to the well completion process, Cimarex Energy is one of the best, if not the very best, in the industry at completing wells in the Bone Spring formation. This is very important for well success and optimal well production. And second, if successful, we believe that this drilling program could serve to significantly increase our daily production and reserve base. Considering those two points together makes this quite possibly our most important project to date."

FieldPoint will own a 43.75% working interest, Cimarex will own a 37.5% working interest, and other partners will own the remaining 18.75% working interest in the two proposed wells.

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