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Caza Oil & Gas Announces Initial Production Caza Ridge Bone Spring Test Well
By: Marketwired .
Nov. 6, 2012 02:00 AM
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- (Marketwire) -- 11/06/12 -- Caza Oil & Gas, Inc. ("Caza" or the "Company") (TSX:CAZ)(AIM:CAZA) is pleased to provide a production update for the Company's Caza Ridge horizontal Bone Spring well on its Copperline Prospect in Lea County, New Mexico.
As previously announced, the Caza Ridge 14 State No. 3H horizontal Bone Spring well was fracture stimulated in twelve stages and has been flowing back for the past week. Under controlled flowback the producing rates have continued to increase each day, and during the past 24 hours the well produced a total of 844 barrels (bbls) of oil, 1,063 thousand cubic feet of natural gas, which equates to 1,021 bbls of oil equivalent, and 667 bbls of frac fluid. The well continues to clean up and recovered hydrocarbons and frac fluids at a gross rate of approximately 1,688 bbls equivalent on an 18/64ths adjustable choke at 2,900 pounds per square inch flowing casing pressure.
Caza currently has a 45% working interest (35.213% net revenue interest) before payout and a 58.75% working interest (45.972% net revenue interest) after payout in the Caza Ridge 14 State No. 3H well.
The Bone Spring formation in Lea and Eddy Counties, New Mexico, contains multiple potential pay zones for oil and liquids-rich natural gas. Caza's current prospects in the horizontal Bone Spring play are Lynch, Forehand Ranch, Lennox, Copperline, Mad River, Azotea Mesa, Bradley 29, Two Mesas and Quail Ridge. The Company is well positioned with approximately 3,300 net acres in the play, and management continues to monitor opportunities to build on Caza's current acreage position.
W. Michael Ford, Chief Executive Officer commented:
"This is an exceptionally good result for Caza's first operated horizontal Bone Spring well. We are very pleased with the result and the value created for our shareholders. In addition to creating development opportunities associated with the Copperline Property, this result has de-risked a large portion of our Bone Spring acreage in Lea County. Production from the Caza Ridge well should significantly increase Caza's oil to gas production ratio, while adding additional cash flow and reserve value to the Company."
"Although this is Caza's first operated horizontal Bone Spring well, all three Bone Spring wells that Caza has participated in thus far have been successful. We hope to build on this initial success and are currently drilling the horizontal section of our operated Forehand Ranch test well, which should reach total measured depth within the week. Once a frac date for this well has been scheduled, we will update the market accordingly."
Caza is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons in the following regions of the United States of America through its subsidiary, Caza Petroleum, Inc.: Permian Basin (West Texas and Southeast New Mexico) and Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast (on-shore).
In accordance with AIM Rules - Guidance Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies, the information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and approved by Anthony B. Sam, Vice President Operations of Caza who is a Petroleum Engineer and a member of The Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Information in this news release that is not current or historical factual information may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws. Such information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "schedule", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "hope", "project", "predict", "potential", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe", "develop", "test", "anticipation", "looks to be" and similar expressions. In particular, information regarding timing of and information to be obtained from drilling operations, completion operations and future production ratios, cash flows and reserve values contained in this news release constitutes forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws.
Implicit in this information, are assumptions regarding the success and timing of drilling operations, rig availability, projected production, projected revenue and expenses and well performance. These assumptions, although considered reasonable by the Company at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Readers are cautioned that actual future operations, operating results and economic performance of the Company are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including general economic, market and business conditions, well performance and operating risks and could differ materially from what is currently expected as set out above. The Caza Ridge 14 State No. 3H horizontal Bone Spring well is in early stages of production, and the tests disclosed herein are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery.
For more exhaustive information on these risks and uncertainties you should refer to the Company's most recently filed annual information form which is available at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at www.cazapetro.com. You should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. While we may elect to, we are under no obligation and do not undertake to update this information at any particular time except as may be required by securities laws.
Boe or barrel of oil equivalent may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion of six thousand cubic feet: 1 barrel is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the well head.
The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the information contained herein.
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