Westbridge Announces Initial Results from Workovers at Bivens Field
Jun 02, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2, 2014 -- Westbridge Energy Corporation (TSXV: WEB) (Pinksheets: WEGYF) (Frankfurt: PUQ1) ("Westbridge" or the "Company") and Black Pearl Holdings, LLC ("Black Pearl") are pleased to announce the initial results of the fracturing of the 11,300-foot sand in the Olympia Minerals #1 ("OM#1") well and Baker Hughes STIMGun propellant-assisted perforating system applied to the 10,600-foot sand in the Olympia Minerals #2 ("OM#2") well at Bivens Field, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana.
Initial Workover Results
The OM#1 well is currently producing at 15 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") and 150 thousand cubic feet of gas per day ("mcfpd") or approximately 40 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("boepd"). When compared to the production prior to the workover of approximately 10 boepd, this represents a production increase of greater than 300%. The flowing tubing pressure in the well has increased from 200 pounds per square inch to 350 pounds per square inch since completion of the fracture stimulation and continues to build. This demonstrates the effectiveness of the frack. The diameter of the choke is also being adjusted to increase the tubing velocity in order to lift the fluids in the column. It is anticipated the well will produce at a sustained rate comparable to or greater than the current rate once a plunger lift system has been installed.
The OM#2 well is currently shut-in and building pressure after an average initial production rate of 50 bopd and 70 mcfpd or approximately 62 boepd. It is anticipated the well will produce at a sustained rate comparable to or greater than the initial production rate once the perforated section is isolated with a packer and a plunger lift system has been installed.
After funding a non-consenting working interest, Westbridge will receive 41% of the net revenue interest from the field. The total net cost of the work-overs was $330,500 compared to an anticipated net expenditure of $349,000. The product from Bivens Field is currently being sold at the WTI oil price of approximately $104 per barrel oil and NYMEX gas price of approximately $4.50 per thousand cubic feet.
Follow up Potential
The Bivens Field is a highly charged, fault-bounded 3 way structure with 7 productive pay zones and 2 potentially productive pay zones in the Middle Wilcox section of the field and 8 pay zones to be further tested in the Lower Wilcox section of the field (see Figures 1, 2, 3). This unique situation provides significant follow up potential.
Westbridge and Black Pearl intend to drill a deep well into the Lower Wilcox reservoir intervals at Bivens Field. The well is planned for the end of third quarter, 2014 and will target a total depth of 14,300 feet. The Lower Wilcox is an extremely productive section within the Wilcox trend in southwestern Louisiana. This is evidenced by analog fields such as Neale Field, located 8 miles to the north of Bivens Field, which historically produced 64+ billion cubic feet of gas and 20+ million barrels of oil. Over 50% of the hydrocarbons produced at Neale Field were from the Lower Wilcox section (see Figure 4).
Bivens Field -- Follow up Potential -- Figures 1, 2, 3, 4
Mr. Tosan Omatsola, President and CEO of Westbridge, comments: "Westbridge and Black Pearl are pleased with the initial results of these workovers and anticipate production numbers to steadily increase as we continue to work the wells. Additionally, these initial results substantiate not only Black Pearl's historical 70% commercial success rate on over 60 wells, but supports the industry's recent attention to a revitalization of the Wilcox trend in southwestern Louisiana. Westbridge is one of the few, if not the only, Canadian junior exploration and production company to be producing from this trend. We look forward to implementing our follow up programs at Bivens Field and moving forward to exploit additional play trends in the southern United States."
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