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CALGARY, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Caracal Energy Inc. ("Caracal" or the "Company") an international exploration and development company focused on oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in the Republic of Chad, Africa ("Chad"), today provided an operational update summarizing its current development and exploration activities in Chad.
- The Badila production facilities have been commissioned and an inauguration ceremony was held by President Idriss Deby on June 9, 2013. The interconnection (hot-tap) with the TOTCO-COTCO export line has been completed, and the transportation agreement is being finalized. The Company anticipates approval to start producing the Badila field this month.
- A second drilling rig has arrived on location in southern Chad and is expected to spud the Badila-4 development well by the end of July 2013.
- The Badila-3 well was drilled to a total depth of 2,150 meters and cased as a Cretaceous C and D sands producer. Test results indicated that the well is capable of producing ~2,400 bopd and will be brought onstream once facilities are completed to handle the associated water.
- The 320 km2 3D seismic survey covering the Badila field and the adjoining Bitanda Ridge exploration prospect was completed on schedule and on budget.
- The Mangara-4 development well spudded on March 13, 2013, and drilled to a total depth of 2,471 meters. Petrophysical results show 40-60 meters of estimated oil pay in the lower Cretaceous C & D sands. The well was suspended due to hole instability, with plans to re-enter in the near future and complete as a producer.
- The Mangara-5 well was drilled and cased as a lower Cretaceous C & D sands producer. The well was also deepened to 3,339 meters to test the lower Cretaceous E sands, a new exploration horizon below the main Mangara field. Petrophysical results show a potential range of 150-230 meters of estimated net oil pay in the lower Cretaceous E sands. Testing of the E sands has commenced and the first 25 meter interval produced a maximum rate of 815 bopd of 39 degree API with no water. Cumulative oil recovery from this test was 200 bbl over a total 16-½ hour flow period.
- An application for the 25 year development license was filed for the Kibea field on April 25, 2013.
- With the arrival of the second drilling rig, the Company is now able to initiate exploration drilling. A Krim exploration well is expected to spud in August 2013 and a Bitanda exploration well in September 2013.
The Company completed its 3D seismic program covering 320 km2 of the Badila field, as well as the adjoining Bitanda ridge, where multiple exploration prospects had been identified on 2D seismic.
The 3D seismic confirmed closure of the Bitanda structure against a basin bounding fault, moving the priority of this exploration prospect near the top of the Company's drilling sequence. This prospect has been quantified in the recent mid-year reserves and resources update.
Caracal has full 3D coverage of the Badila field, and the results of the initial processing of the 3D seismic are incorporated in the mid-year reserves update. The results suggest extension of the Cretaceous D sands to the east of the previously understood field limits, and this extension will be confirmed by further drilling commencing with the Badila-4 well.
Badila-3 was drilled to test the flank of the field structure at the Cretaceous C and D levels. Drilling and petrophysical analysis suggested the Cretaceous D sands may contain additional moveable oil, so three additional well tests were added. Results have been encouraging, and suggest economic reserves may be produced from the C1a, C3, D6 and D8 zones as follows:
|ZONE||COMMINGLED TESTING||INDIVIDUAL TESTING||POTENTIAL RATE WITH ESP|
|Fluid Rate||Oil Cut||Fluid Rate||Oil Cut||Fluid Rate||Oil Rate|
Notes: Productivity Index was estimated from swab tests, and used to estimate ESP (Electric Submersible Pump) rates at an intake pressure of 1,350 psi (~35% drawdown)
The oil gravity of the D6 and D8 zones is ~36 degrees API. With only the D6 and D8 zones completed with an electric submersible pump, the well is capable of ~2,400 barrels of oil per day commingled from these two zones. However, since this oil comes with ~5,100 barrels of water per day, these zones will be produced when additional processing and water injection facilities are available.
Mangara Development and Exploration
The Mangara-4 development well spudded on March 13, 2013 and was drilled to a total depth of 2,471 meters. Petrophysical results show 40-60 meters of estimated oil pay in the lower Cretaceous C & D sands. The well was suspended due to hole instability, and will be re-entered in the near future and completed as a producer. Depending on the testing results of Mangara-5, Mangara-4 may be deepened and completed as a dedicated lower Cretaceous E sands producer.
The Mangara-5 development well was drilled and cased as a lower Cretaceous C & D sands producer. The well was also deepened to 3,339 meters to test the Cretaceous E sands, a new exploration horizon below the Mangara field. Previous operators drilled three penetrations (to varying depths) of the lower Cretaceous E sands. The E Sands had good hydrocarbon shows across a gross interval of 750 meters with a potential gross section of 900+ meters based on seismic estimates. In addition, a drillstem test by previous operators across a 9 meter interval at the top of the E sands showed moveable hydrocarbons with an undamaged calculated flow capacity of 220 bopd, and API gravity of 38.9°.
The recent 3D seismic over Mangara, along with specialized processing and interpretation techniques, suggests continuity of sands within the lower Cretaceous E could provide significant hydrocarbon storage volumes. From drilling and petrophysical analysis, preliminary Mangara-5 results suggest this well has a potential range of 150-230 meters of estimated net oil pay in the Cretaceous E sands. The first of a series of planned tests was across a 25 meter interval and achieved a maximum oil rate during this period of 815 bopd. The interval produced a total of 200 barrels of 39 degree API oil with no water over the 16-½ hour test period.
Caracal filed an Exclusive Exploitation Authorization ("EXA") application on April 25, 2013 and was deemed conditionally approved on May 25, 2013 pending submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA"). The EIA is underway, and potential pipeline routes are being surveyed. A 3D seismic survey over the Kibea field and nearby exploration prospects is scheduled to commence in the 4th Quarter of 2013 or 1st Quarter of 2014. In addition, an appraisal well on the Kibea field is scheduled to spud in the 4th Quarter of 2013 to test deeper horizons and obtain core and fluid samples for development planning and facilities design.
The first phase of the modular Badila production facilities was completed on schedule at the end of May and has been commissioned for production. President Idriss Déby inaugurated the Badila facilities on June 9, 2013 by opening the production shipping valve. The system has been loaded with oil and prepared to commence production during July, once the transportation agreement has been finalized and signed.
In addition to the results in the lower Cretaceous E sands at Mangara-5, the arrival of a second drilling rig will allow the exploration program to commence. The Company anticipates spudding a Krim exploration well in August 2013, after which the drilling rig will move to the Chari East Doseo block for further exploration. One of Caracal's most high potential exploration prospects, Bitanda in the DOI block, is expected to spud in September 2013.
Gary Guidry, Chief Executive Officer of Caracal Energy said:
"In 2013 we sucessfully drilled and tested two development wells in the Badila field and we are currently testing a second well drilled in the Mangara field. The 3D seismic surveys at Badila and Mangara have provided encouraging information, suggesting further extensions of the fields, and validating nearby exploration potential.
We are ready to commence production at Badila, and anticipate the final authorization this month. Our combined capacity from the first three Badila wells will provide production capacity to deliver at a combined 14,000 bopd to keep our Phase one production facilities loaded and production volumes in line with management expectations. We expect the Mangara field to add further production by the end of the year."
About Caracal Energy Inc.
Based in Canada, Caracal Energy Inc. is an international exploration and development company focused on oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in the Republic of Chad, Africa. In 2011, the Company acquired three production sharing contracts ("PSCs") from the government of the Republic of Chad. These PSCs provide exclusive rights to explore and develop reserves and resources over a combined area of 26,103 km2 in southern Chad. The PSCs cover two world-class oil basins with development opportunity, oil discoveries, and numerous exploration prospects.
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