Chinook Energy provides operational update
Thursday, Feb 07, 2013
Chinook Energy Inc. (TSX:CKE) ("Chinook" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following operational update.
Bir Ben Tartar Concession, Tunisia
TT-10 Horizontal Well Initial Flow Rates
The TT-10 well is Chinook's fourth horizontal well test of the Ordovician Quartzite Reservoir on the Bir Ben Tartar Production Concession (the "BBT Concession"). Partners in the BBT Concession are Enterprise Tunisienne D'Activites de Petrolieres ("ETAP") as block holder and Chinook (86% interest) and Cygam Energy Inc. (14% interest) as contractors.
Completion operations on TT-10 commenced on January 7, 2013 and, following an 11-stage fracture stimulation placing a total of 270,000 pounds of proppant, production testing began on January 12, 2013. Over the initial 19 day flow period the TT-10 well flowed an average oil rate of 618 barrels of oil per day ("bopd"), an average water rate of 516 barrels of water per day (44% water cut) and average gas-to-oil ratio of 1,039 standard cubic feet of gas per barrel of oil.
December gross production from the BBT Concession was 3,512 bopd from seven vertical and three horizontal producers. Water cuts from the horizontal wells have stabilized at approximately 40% in three of the four wells, a much higher average than seen in the stimulated vertical wells. Plans for water injection into the main BBT reservoir are progressing and will be included in 2013 facility development. Chinook's share of production is approximately 54%, with ETAP paying the tax and royalties out of its share of profit oil.
2013 BBT Drilling Program and Sud Remada Permit Activity Update
Chinook has budgeted for the drilling and completion of six wells on the BBT Concession in 2013. The anticipated commencement date of the drilling has been delayed to April 1, 2013 due to issues arising from the tendering of contracts and ETAP approvals. Chinook will provide guidance on anticipated 2013 production volumes from the BBT Concession at such time as a firm drilling commencement date has been set.
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