Magellan Announces Potential Acquisition of CO2 Source and Poplar Pilot Update
DENVER, CO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/03/14 -- Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: MPET) ("Magellan" or the "Company") today announced that it has, through an affiliated entity, acquired an option to acquire a large CO2 reservoir called Farnham Dome located in Carbon County, Utah. Pursuant to the agreement, the seller, Savoy Energy, LLC, has granted Magellan the right to either purchase the field outright or purchase uncontracted CO2 at a fixed price. The option will expire on March 31, 2015, unless extended.
J. Thomas Wilson, President and CEO of Magellan, commented: "Since beginning the CO2-enhanced recovery ("CO2-EOR") pilot project at Poplar Dome, Magellan has made a strategic decision to focus the company on EOR opportunities in North America. The utilization of CO2 to increase recovery of oil from existing reservoirs in the Rocky Mountains will be our top priority. Pursuant to that decision, Magellan is seeking to identify both attractive candidates for CO2-EOR projects and a reliable, low-cost supply of CO2. The acquisition of Farnham Dome CO2 would address the latter while the Company actively evaluates opportunities to utilize this CO2 to substantially increase its reserves at attractive costs. Over the last 18 months the Company has developed considerable expertise in utilizing CO2 to enhance recovery from older fields with large volumes of original oil in place. We believe the experience we are gaining at Poplar Dome can be applied to other fields that we are currently evaluating in the vicinity of Farnham Dome. The successful acquisition of applicable properties in combination with a long-term, low-cost source of CO2 will result in profitable projects at current oil prices or even below. It is our belief that the well managed low cost CO2 projects compete well with even the better unconventional plays."
Poplar CO 2 -EOR Pilot Update
Since August 2014, the Company has been injecting CO2 into the B-2 zone of the Charles formation at Poplar. The resulting downhole pressure has remained stable and above the minimum pressure necessary for the CO2 and oil to be miscible. The expanding CO2 front should aid in the recovery of additional oil volumes and help meet the desired projections for the pilot project.
In early October 2014, Magellan opened the four pilot producer wells. The Company expects to see increased oil production from these wells by the first quarter of 2015 and to be able to quantify additional recoverable oil from the B-2 zone on a full field basis by June 2015.
Based on the results to date, Magellan anticipates that the CO2 will efficiently "sweep" the oil in place to the producer well bores and demonstrate the economic potential of CO2-EOR at Poplar. If successful, efforts in the B-2 interval will be followed rapidly by a pilot in the B-1 zone with other potential pay targeted for the future.
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Magellan Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the development of a CO2-enhanced oil recovery ("CO2-EOR") program at Poplar Dome in eastern Montana and the exploration of hydrocarbon resources in the Weald Basin, onshore UK. Magellan also owns an exploration block, NT/P82, in the Bonaparte Basin, offshore Northern Territory, which the Company currently plans to farm-out; and an 11% ownership stake in Central Petroleum Limited, a Brisbane based junior exploration and production company that operates one of the largest holdings of prospective onshore acreage in Australia. Magellan is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Company's mission is to enhance shareholder value by maximizing the full potential of existing assets. Magellan routinely posts important information about the Company on its website at www.magellanpetroleum.com.
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Released December 3, 2014