2010 Production Guidance Maintained
EQU: TSX, NYSE
CALGARY, AB, July 30, 2010 /CNW/ - Equal Energy ("Equal" or "the Company") today announced a modification of its 2010 capital expenditure program in order to accelerate development in the Company's Alberta Cardium and Oklahoma Circus Viola oil plays and to defer some of its planned 2010 drilling in the Hunton liquids-rich resource play. Equal has also spud the first of two Pekisko horizontal oil wells in southern Alberta and it also expects to spud its first of two Viking horizontal oil wells during August.
Equal is not changing its previous production guidance of 9,200 to 9,700 boepd for 2010, but advises that it expects to be on the lower end of that range.
Equal had planned to drill four (4) dual-leg horizontal wells in the Hunton play in 2010 but now the Company plans to drill only one well for the time being. This deferral has been brought about by legal proceedings initiated by Equal's former Farmout participant which is currently in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The Farmout agreement was terminated by Equal on January 18, 2010 due to the failure of the Farmout participant to fulfill certain terms of the agreement. The parties and the court have agreed that the termination of the Farmout agreement should be determined by an Arbitration panel pursuant to the terms of the Farmout agreement. The Company anticipates a resolution to this matter sometime in Q4 2010.
Don Klapko, President and CEO, said: "It is in the best interests of Equal Energy and our shareholders to re-allocate capital investment to our oil plays in Alberta Cardium and Oklahoma Circus Viola for the remainder of 2010. While we will proceed with drilling one Hunton horizontal well this year, it has become clear that we must move the Company forward despite delays relating to the bankruptcy of our former Farmout participant. We believe we have the financial flexibility, asset quality, and balance sheet strength to ramp up our operational activities in our Cardium and Circus Viola oil plays to meet guidance. We remain committed to full development in the Hunton liquids-rich resource play but will focus on other assets in our portfolio and continue to seek acquisition opportunities for the remainder of this year, particularly given the market and pricing conditions favouring oil over natural gas in all North American markets."
About Equal Energy Ltd.
Equal is an exploration and production oil and gas company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with its United States operations office located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Equal's shares and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols (EQU, EQU.DB, EQU.DB.A) and Equal's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (EQU). The portfolio of oil and gas properties is geographically diversified with producing properties located in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Oklahoma. Production is comprised of approximately 52 percent crude oil and natural gas liquids and 48 percent natural gas. Equal has compiled a multi-year drilling inventory for its properties including its new oil play opportunities in the Cardium in west central Alberta and the Circus prospect in southern Oklahoma.
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