Magellan Provides Update on Poplar CO2-EOR Pilot
DENVER, CO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/29/15 -- Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: MPET) ("Magellan" or the "Company") today provided an update on its CO2-enhanced oil recovery ("CO2-EOR") pilot at Poplar Dome in Montana.
The Company has been continuously injecting CO2 into the B-2 zone of the Charles formation through the pilot's injector well for approximately 150 days. During that time, downhole injection pressure has remained stable at above minimum miscibility pressure. Pressure data also confirms that injected CO2 has predominantly gone into the target formation matrix with little or no losses of CO2 to fracture systems or thief zones.
In early January, two of the four pilot producer wells -- after several months of producing only water -- began to exhibit oil production with improving oil cuts. In mid-January, small volumes of natural gas and injected CO2 were also produced from the wells. These two wells have now been temporarily shut -- in in an effort to encourage the flow of oil and CO2 to the pilot's other two producer wells.
The Company anticipates that oil production from the pilot producer wells will continue to increase in response to CO2 injection in the coming months.
J. Thomas Wilson, President and CEO of the Company, commented: "The pilot results have thus far exceeded our expectations. We have been able to control the injection of CO2 into the matrix at the desired pressure and without interruption or loss due to fractures or thief zones. The oil and CO2 shows in the producer wells now confirm that CO2 is also going in the right direction. We understand that our pilot performance compares quite favorably to past CO2-EOR pilots in the Williston Basin, and we believe that the results to date substantially de-risk the prospect for an efficient full field CO2-EOR development at Poplar. We look forward to the anticipated ramp up in oil production from the pilot and the conclusions we will be able to draw with respect to the economics of a full field development. In the meantime, we will continue to make progress on planning for a full-field CO2-EOR development at Poplar."
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Magellan Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the development of CO2-EOR projects in the Rocky Mountain region. Historically active internationally, Magellan also owns significant exploration acreage in the Weald Basin, onshore UK, and an exploration block, NT/P82, in the Bonaparte Basin, offshore Northern Territory, Australia, which the Company currently plans to farmout. Our strategy is to enhance shareholder value by maximizing the value of our CO2-EOR business and our international projects. We are committed to efficiently investing financial, technical, and management capital in our projects in order to achieve the greatest risk-adjusted value and returns for our shareholders. Magellan routinely posts important information about the Company on its website at www.magellanpetroleum.com.
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Released January 29, 2015