CALGARY, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Bengal Energy Ltd. (TSX: BNG) ("Bengal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Cuisinier 5 well (the "Cuisinier 5"), the second well in the 2012 Cuisinier appraisal drilling campaign on the Barta Block portion ( the "Barta Block") of ATP 752P in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, Australia, is to be cased as a future oil producer.
The Cretaceous Murta member, DC70 sand was the primary target and the zone came in high to prognosis encountering approximately 4.5 metres of sandstone with a preliminary estimate of a minimum of 2 metres net pay. The DC70 sand appears to be located within an interpreted channel environment which exhibits well developed porosity. A drill stem test carried out by the operator recovered 53.2 degree API oil and gas cut drilling fluid.
This positive recovery of oil expands the area of oil bearing sediments a further 1,600 metres south of the Cuisinier 1 well and has confirmed the continuation of the DC70 channel trend from the recently drilled Cuisinier 4 well to Cuisinier 5. This interpreted channel trend is now seen as oil bearing over a distance of approximately 2,600 metres with limited indications of water from all DC70 production, log and well test data available to date from the wells drilled in this trend. Cuisinier 5 is the sixth successful well of the six wells drilled to date.
Two additional wells will follow immediately with the next being Cuisinier 6 located approximately 1,250 metres northeast of Cuisinier 1. The operator expects to commence completion activities in July once the drilling campaign has been completed.
Bengal holds a 25% working interest in the Barta Block, ATP 752P.
Bengal Energy Ltd. is an international junior oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Australia and India. The Company is committed to growing shareholder value through international exploration, production and acquisitions. Bengal trades on the TSX under the symbol BNG. Additional information is available at www.bengalenergy.ca.
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