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PetroFrontier Corp Provides Operational Update

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 7/22/2014, Location: Not categorized

PetroFrontier Corp is pleased to announce that Statoil Australia Theta B.V, PetroFrontier's joint venture partner and the operator of the 2014 work program and budget has initially selected two of the wells from the 2014 WP&B for completion and testing. The OzAlpha-1 and OzBeta-1 wells are believed to provide the best opportunities to test the concept of extracting oil from the Lower Arthur Creek and Thorntonia formations. Statoil has developed comprehensive completion and testing programs and has commenced operations on the OzBeta-1 well.

OzAlpha-1
The OzAlpha-1 well was drilled to a total vertical depth ("TVD") of 1,250 metres and encountered a combined total of approximately 88 metres of Lower Arthur Creek Hot Shale and Thorntonia formations, which is very near prognosis. Multiple oil shows were recorded while drilling and a continuous coring operation recovered approximately 196 metres of core. PetroFrontier's independent third party petrophysical analysis has identified a total net oil pay of 20 metres within the Arthur Creek and Thorntonia formations utilizing a porosity cut off of 2% and a water saturation cut-off of 58%. Statoil has developed a completion and testing program for this well which includes perforating a three metre interval, performing a hydraulic fracture stimulation and testing the well with a jet pump. The main objective of the completion is to test the concept of oil production from these formations which has yet to be proven. Subject to contractor availability, weather and regulatory approvals, testing operations are anticipated to be completed early in the fourth quarter of 2014.

OzBeta-1
The OzBeta-1 well was drilled to a TVD of 1,442 metres and encountered a combined total of approximately 124 metres of Lower Arthur Creek Hot Shale and Thorntonia formations, which is also very near prognosis. Multiple oil shows were recorded while drilling and a continuous coring operation recovered approximately 99 metres of core. PetroFrontier's independent third party petrophysical analysis has identified a total net oil pay of 29 metres within the Arthur Creek and Thorntonia formations utilizing a porosity cut off of 2% and a water saturation cut-off of 58%. Statoil has developed a completion and testing program for this well and operations have commenced. The program includes perforating a three metre interval, performing hydraulic fracture stimulation and testing the well with a jet pump. As with the OzAlpha-1 well, the main objective of the completion is to test the concept of oil production from these formations which has yet to be proven. Subject to contractor availability, weather and regulatory approvals, testing operations are anticipated to be completed early in the fourth quarter of 2014.

OzEpsilon-1
Statoil has successfully drilled and evaluated the fifth and final well of the 2014 WP&B, OzEpsilon-1. This well is located in Exploration Permit 128 and provides stratigraphic information, which reinforces regional seismic and geological interpretations. The well was drilled to a TVD of 665m and encountered a combined total of approximately 81m of Lower Arthur Creek Hot Shale and Thorntonia formations. A total of 67 metres of core were recovered in a continuous coring process, which penetrated the Lower Arthur Creek and Thorntonia formations. All of the planned open hole well evaluation activities have been completed. The well has been abandoned as anticipated due to its shallow depth and additionally, a lack of hydrocarbon indicators while drilling.

OzGamma-1 and OzDelta-1
Evaluation of these wells is currently in progress. These wells will be abandoned as part of the 2014 WPB. However, the decision to test prior to abandonment will be influenced by the test results of OzAlpha-1 and OzBeta-1.

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