Dejour Energy Inc., Denver, is moving in a rig to drill the first well at its 72% owned Kokopelli gas project in the Piceance basin in Colorado.
To spud within the week, the well is to be directionally drilled to the base of the Williams Fork member of Cretaceous Mesaverde, logged, cased, and turned to production by yearend 2012. Its successful completion will secure for Dejour the substantial portion of the proven and probable undeveloped reserves that consulting engineers attribute to the Williams Fork section of this Kokopelli leasehold.
The company said the 2,200-acre project is ideally situated for exploitation of both the Williams Fork and Mancos hydrocarbon-laden shale bodies adjacent to acreage to the east, west, and north being developed by WPX and Bill Barrett Corp.
Construction started in late 2011 on the first drill pad, from which production expected to begin in the second half of 2012.