Magellan Petroleum Announces Production and Exploration Activities for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2007
HARTFORD, Conn., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NCM: MPET; ASX: MGN) ("Magellan") announced its production and exploration activities for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.
OIL & GAS SALES
The Company's share of natural gas sales during the quarter ended June 30, 2007 increased by 10.5 percent from the June 2006 quarter, as detailed below:
Million Cubic Feet Field (Magellan Share) Total Daily Terajoules Variance Mereenie 1,206.4 13.3 1,410 +23.1 % Palm Valley 423.2 4.6 482 -15.1 % Total Gas 1,629.6 17.9 1,892 +10.5 % Crude Oil and Condensate The Company's share of crude oil and condensate produced for sale during the quarter ended June 30, 2007 increased by 34.5 percent from the June 2006 quarter, as detailed below: Barrels Fields (Magellan Share) Total Daily Kilolitres Variance Mereenie 28,670 315 4,558 +9.9 % Nockatunga 22,508 247 3,578 +113.5 % Kiana 1,343 15 214 -22.5 % Aldinga 260 3 41 -70.3 % Total Crude Oil and Condensate 52,781 580 8,391 +34.5 % PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION
Palm Valley Gas Field (PL 3) - Amadeus Basin NT (52.023% Interest)
The Palm Valley gas field which is operated by Magellan produced an average of approximately 8.9 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/D) of natural gas for sale during the June quarter. The Palm Valley Joint Venture's objective for the field is to maximise gas production from the existing facilities while maintaining a safe and efficient operation, conducted in accordance with good oil field practice.
Mereenie Oil and Gas Field (PL 4 & 5) - Amadeus Basin NT (35% Interest)
The Mereenie oil and gas field which is operated by Santos Ltd produced an average of approximately 38 MMcf/D of natural gas and 900 barrels of oil and condensate per day for sale during the June quarter. No major projects were undertaken on the Mereenie field during the quarter.
Nockatunga Oil Fields (PLs 33, 50 & 51) - Cooper Basin Qld (40.936% Interest)
The Nockatunga oil fields which are operated by Santos Ltd produced an average of approximately 639 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) during the June quarter.
A 10-well exploration, appraisal and development drilling campaign was undertaken during the March 2007 quarter in the Nockatunga Petroleum Lease 51 as part of Santos' Cooper Basin Oil Project. All 10 wells were cased and suspended for future production at the time of drilling. During the June quarter, all 10 wells were completed for production and eight were tied into the existing field production facilities and brought on-line by the end of the quarter. In addition, an upgrade of the surface facilities at the Thungo and Muthero fields has been completed to accommodate the increased production from these fields. Of the 10 new wells, Thungo-9, 10, 11 and 13 and Muthero-4, 5, 6 and 7 are on-line and producing. Muthero-4 and Muthero-5 are producing oil from the upper Birkhead Formation and all the remaining wells are Murta Member oil wells. The near field exploration well Dilkera North-1 is being tied into the Muthero field facilities and Kamel-1 will be tied into Thungo field facilities. Currumbar-1, a near field exploration well, drilled in 2006 is being tied into the Muthero field facilities via the Dilkera North-1 well. Each of these three wells will produce from the Murta Member.
Further exploration, appraisal and development drilling is being planned for later in 2007 as part of the ongoing development and optimization of oil production from the Nockatunga area.
Kiana Oil Field (PPL 212) - Cooper Basin SA (30% Interest)
Production from the Kiana-1 well averaged 49 BOPD during the June quarter. The well is producing from both upper and lower Patchawarra Formation zones.
The Kiana joint venture participated in a 165 km2 3D seismic survey over the Spencer-Kiana-Muteroo fields and surrounding PEL 107 area. The survey was conducted by Santos who operates the Spencer and Muteroo fields. The results of the survey which are expected to more clearly delineate the field are not expected until late 2007.
Aldinga Oil Field (PPL 210) - Cooper Basin SA (50% Interest)
Production from the Aldinga-1 well is continuing at around 13 BOPD. There are no current plans to develop the field further.
Kotaneelee Gas Field, YT (2.67% interest)
Magellan has a 2.67% carried interest in the Kotaneelee gas field in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Devon Canada Corporation is operator of this field which is connected to a major pipeline system. Magellan received approximately $88,000 from gas sales during the June quarter.
The PEL 107 Joint Venture (Magellan 20% interest) participated in the 165 km2 Spencer-Kiana-Muteroo 3D seismic survey in the Cooper Basin of South Australia during the quarter. Acquisition of the data commenced on April 19 and was completed on May 13. The survey was designed to more closely define the prospects and leads already identified in the vicinity of the Kiana oil field.
Elsewhere in the Cooper Basin of South Australia, exploration evaluation of PEL 94 (Magellan 37.5% interest), PEL 95 (Magellan 50% interest) and PEL 110 (37.5% interest) is ongoing.
In ATP 613P (Magellan 100% interest) in the Maryborough Basin of Queensland, two exploration wells, Burrum-1 and 2, were drilled during the previous quarter to test the Coal Seam Gas potential of the Burrum Coal Measures in the Burrum Syncline. Magellan is operator of the Burrum Joint Venture. Evaluation of the coal seam gas potential of the seams encountered in the Burrum-1 and 2 wells is continuing.
Eureka Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Energy Limited (formerly know as Energy Investments Limited), is funding 100% of a two-staged coal seam gas exploration program in the Burrum Syncline, in return for which it will be assigned a 90% working interest in the Burrum Syncline farmin area. Stage 1 was completed with the drilling of the two wells last quarter. Magellan has the right to back-in to retain up to a 50% participating interest in any development by matching Eureka's prior expenditures.
UNITED KINGDOM EXPLORATION
Magellan (40% interest) will participate in the Markwells Wood-1 exploration well in PEDL 126 and the Leigh Park-1 exploration well in PEDLs 155 and 099 of the Weald Basin of southern England later in 2007. Well sites and planning consents are being sought for the drilling by Northern Petroleum, operator of these joint ventures. Both wells will target oil in the Great Oolite Formation, and Markwells Wood-1 will test a possible eastern extension of the currently producing Horndean oil field.
Magellan holds interests (ranging from 22.5% to 50%) in seven other exploration licenses in the Weald-Wessex Basin (PEDLs 098, 112, 113, 125, 152, 153 and 154), which are also operated by Northern Petroleum. Elsewhere in the Weald Basin, PEDLs 135, 136 and 137 are held and operated by Magellan with a 100% interest, and Magellan has reprocessed around 720 kilometres of existing 2D seismic data in these licences, which has more closely defined three drilling prospects. Planning for the drilling of these prospects in 2008 has commenced.
Expenditures incurred on exploration, appraisal and development activities during the June 2007 quarter, totalled $6,568,000.
Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this release which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements about Magellan and MPAL may relate to their businesses and prospects, revenues, expenses, operating cash flows, and other matters that involve a number of uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Among these risks and uncertainties are pricing and production levels from the properties in which Magellan and MPAL have interests, the extent of the recoverable reserves at those properties, the future outcome of the negotiations for gas sales contracts for the remaining uncontracted reserves at both the Mereenie and Palm Valley gas fields in the Amadeus Basin, including the likelihood of success of other potential suppliers of gas to the current customers of Mereenie and Palm Valley production. In addition, MPAL has a large number of exploration permits and faces the risk that any wells drilled may fail to encounter hydrocarbons in commercially recoverable quantities. Any forward-looking information provided in this release should be considered with these factors in mind. Magellan assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE Magellan Petroleum Corporation
Released July 27, 2007