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Athabasca presses Montney, Nordegg light oil work

Athabasca Oil Sands Corp., Calgary, reported completion of Montney and Nordegg multistage fractured horizontal wells at Kaybob in the Deep basin of Alberta.

The company’s first Montney horizontal well, at 13-22-64-18w5 in the Kaybob East area, averaged 2,265 b/d of 41° gravity oil and 1.8 MMcfd of gas at a stabilized 450 psi flowing pressure. The well’s 1,220-m lateral was fracture stimulated with 14 stages of energized oil treatments.

The well is shut-in until it can be connected to facilities. The company holds a large land position and will continue delineating the acreage throughout this year's first quarter.

Meanwhile, the company’s second Kaybob Nordegg horizontal well, at 04-11-63-20w5, offsetting its first Nordegg horizontal well. After a 16-stage slickwater frac and 4 days of clean-up, the 04-11 well made 335 b/d of 41° gravity oil and 500 Mcfd of gas at 910 psig flowing pressure.

Based on the second well results, the company will focus Nordegg delineation on the Kaybob area with further horizontal drilling, core analysis, and incorporation of its recently shot 3D seismic data.

AOSC has drilled two other Montney and one Duvernay horizontal well at Kaybob and expects completion and testing to occur within weeks.

The company expects its 63-km, 12-in. gas pipeline from Kaybob to the Simonette gas processing plant to be completed in this year's first quarter. In the third quarter, it plans to begin operating a 10,000-bbl oil battery and a 24 MMcfd compressor station and will expand those facilities later to handle all of the company’s production from the greater Kaybob area.

AOSC has 1,250 boe/d tied into third party facilities on an interruptible basis and substantial production capacity behind pipe awaiting completion of the company infrastructure. Its 2,012 exit target is 8,000-10,000 boe/d.


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