VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Jericho Oil Corporation ("Jericho" or the "Company") (TSX-V: JCO) today provides the first in a series of rolling updates on its Phase 1 Drilling Program results.
In June 2014, Jericho announced it had completed its Phase 1 Drilling Program, drilling and completing 62 new producing wells and 42 water injection wells. In addition to the production results contained in this news release, the Company plans to provide further development and production results as it brings leases online over the coming weeks.
Jericho's first set of newly drilled and completed production wells on its Cartwright lease (160 acres in EKan-2) have produced well above expectations since being turned on approximately a month ago. The three (Phase 1 Drilling Program) producers, drilled and completed, continue to produce in excess of 8 barrels of oil a day without the use of secondary recovery techniques. Two additional producers are in the process of being brought online. Jericho believes this trend will continue through approximately 200 acres of its lease package, as illustrated below. In seeking the boundaries or edge of the formation, Jericho drilled and plugged two wells that were outside the heart of the formation at a cost of less than $10,000 per location.
On EKan-3, the Phase I Drilling Program focused on the development of a channel sand body which traverses its initial 160 acre lease. Twenty wells were drilled in the channel and completed (12 producers, 7 injectors and a water supply well). All twelve of the producers are now online, with the last three coming on last week. Current production, which is a blend of these three new wells on Initial Production (IP) along with the existing producers is currently making 30 BOPD. Prior to bringing the final three producers online, the lease produced 17 BOPD at a steady state. The core analysis on the channel sand showed a significant pay zone, good oil saturation, porosity and permeability.
Sandstone Thickness: 16 feet
Depth: 664-680 feet
Oil Saturation: >32%
Allen Wilson, CEO of Jericho Oil, commented, "We are pleased with the early results in both locations. The EKan-2 acreage showed good drive and energy in the formation which leads me to believe we will see a continuation of positive results from the additional producers we are bringing online and the wells we will drill on this trend in the future." With respect to the EKan-3 acreage, Wilson commented, "When we saw the quality of the core in our EKan-3 acreage from our original lease, we moved quickly to acquire the two contiguous leases. We look forward to following the channel and possibly more productive, blanket splay sand over the next 260 acres of drilling. We will continue our efforts to aggressively acquire additional acreage in this region."
Jericho will continue to provide Phase I development results as it brings wells online over the coming weeks. Following are illustrative maps of the two regions reported on above.
About Jericho Oil Corporation
Jericho (TSX-V: JCO) is focused on growth through consistent, predictable and repeatable high margin conventional oil production by bringing new and proven technology to legacy, onshore basins in North America .
Jericho has acquired a 50% working interest in three lease packages comprising over 3,100 acres. Jericho expects to continue its extensive development program throughout the next 12 months and will provide quarterly updates as the program progresses. For more information, please visit www.jerichooil.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from Jericho's expectations include risks related to the exploration stage of Jericho's project; market fluctuations in prices for securities of exploration stage companies; and uncertainties about the availability of additional financing.
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SOURCE: Jericho Oil Corporation
For further information: Tony Blancato, Director, Investor Relations, P: 604.343.2725; or Adam Rabiner, Director, Corporate Communications, P: 604.343.4534