Underground seeks cash to press California operations

Underground Energy Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., has attained light and heavy oil production at two wells in the Santa Maria and San Joaquin basins in California while it sells a noncore asset and seeks other ways of raising capital to expand operations.

The company suspended testing at the Chamberlin 3-2 well at its Zaca field extension project in Santa Barbara County pending availability of cost-effective water disposal. Subthrust Miocene Monterey below 5,292 ft pumped 1,100 b/d of fluid, 4% oil of a lighter grade than the ultraheavy 8° gravity oil produced in the main part of the field (OGJ Online, May 23, 2012).

Mike Kobler, president and chief executive officer, said, “The process of completing and bringing the Chamberlin 3-2 well on to production has taken considerably longer than anticipated and has put financial strain on the company.

“We now have a better understanding of the characteristics of this new zone and how to test and produce the 3-2 well. We know the well has great pressure, permeability and natural fracture conductivity and we continue to believe that it has the potential to achieve optimized production rates in line with the average of over 200 b/d seen in wells drilled by other industry participants at the existing Zaca field.”

The Chamberlin 2-2 well went to 4,650 ft and penetrated 1,700 ft of oil-saturated, fractured Monterey shale compared with 1,100 ft of pay in Zaca field. The well made 30 b/d of oil with little water from perforations in the bottom one third of the net pay. The company has perforated the next third of potential pay and subject to raising funds may perforate further and stimulate the well.

Underground may also return to production and stimulate the Chamberlin 1-2 well, which was making 10 b/d before being suspended for the drilling of the 2-2 well from the same pad.

Meanwhile, the company, which owns 9,923 net acres at Zaca field, said its Gabriel 1-35 well in Burrel field in Fresno County has averaged 70 b/d of light oil from July 27 through late August. The well’s water cut is 99%. The company has 8,525 net acres and plans to redevelop Burrel.

Related Articles

Encana plans to hit the ground running in Permian

12/12/2014 Encana Corp. has announced its second major acquisition in a Texas oil play this year, agreeing in September to acquire Permian basin-focused produ...

Linn sells down Permian position

12/12/2014 Linn Energy LLC, of Houston, has agreed to sell assets in Ector and Midland counties, Tex., to Fleur de Lis Energy LLC, of Dallas, for $350 million.

Linn exits Anadarko basin in deal worth $1.95 billion

12/12/2014 Linn Energy LLC has agreed to sell all of its oil and gas properties and related midstream assets in the western Anadarko basin for $1.95 billion t...

Eagle Ford sweet spots still profitable

12/12/2014 The average Eagle Ford well remains viable with US light, sweet crude prices at $80/bbl, but the economics of some wells outside the play's sweet s...

Southwestern makes $5.4 billion bet on Marcellus

12/12/2014 Southwestern Energy Co. is purchasing Appalachian assets from Chesapeake Energy Corp. in a deal that more than doubles its leasehold in the Marcell...

Keyera to take majority interest in Alberta gas plant

12/12/2014 Keyera Corp., Calgary, will pay $65 million (Can.) to buy a 70.79% ownership interest in the Ricinus deep-cut gas plant in west-central Alberta.

WoodMac: US unconventional enters new stage

12/12/2014 The unconventional oil and gas revolution is entering into a new stage with drilling and completion techniques pioneered in unconventional plays no...

Canada Briefs

12/12/2014

PBF Energy, PBF Logistics make management changes

12/12/2014 Matthew Lucey, currently executive vice-president of PBF Energy Inc., will succeed Michael Gayda as the company’s president. Todd O’Malley, current...

White Papers

What is System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis?

This paper will explain some of the fundamentals of System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis and demonstrate...

Accurate Thermo-Fluid Simulation in Real Time Environments

The crux of any task undertaken in System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis is striking a balance between ti...

6 ways for Energy, Chemical and Oil and Gas Companies to Avert the Impending Workforce Crisis

As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly he...
Sponsored by

AVEVA NET Accesses and Manages the Digital Asset

Global demand for new process plants, power plants and infrastructure is increasing steadily with the ...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Approach for the Digital Asset

To meet the requirements for leaner project execution and more efficient operations while transferring...
Sponsored by

Diversification - the technology aspects

In tough times, businesses seek to diversify into adjacent markets or to apply their skills and resour...
Sponsored by

Engineering & Design for Lean Construction

Modern marketing rhetoric claims that, in order to cut out expensive costs and reduce risks during the...
Sponsored by

Object Lessons - Why control of engineering design at the object level is essential for efficient project execution

Whatever the task, there is usually only one way to do it right and many more to do it wrong. In the c...
Sponsored by

Available Webcasts



The Future of US Refining

When Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s Feb. 6, 2015, webcast will focus on the future of US refining as various forces this year conspire to pull the industry in different directions. Lower oil prices generally reduce feedstock costs, but they have also lowered refiners’ returns, as 2015 begins with refined products priced at lows not seen in years. If lower per-barrel crude prices dampen production of lighter crudes among shale plays, what will happen to refiners’ plans to export more barrels of lighter crudes? And as always, refiners will be affected by government regulations, particularly those that suppress demand, increase costs, or limit access to markets or supply.

register:WEBCAST


Oil & Gas Journal’s Forecast & Review/Worldwide Pipeline Construction 2015

When Fri, Jan 30, 2015

The  Forecast & Review/Worldwide Pipeline Construction 2015 Webcast will address Oil & Gas Journal’s outlooks for the oil market and pipeline construction in a year of turbulence. Based on two annual special reports, the webcast will be presented by OGJ Editor Bob Tippee and OGJ Managing Editor-Technology Chris Smith.
The Forecast & Review portion of the webcast will identify forces underlying the collapse in crude oil prices and assess prospects for changes essential to recovery—all in the context of geopolitical pressures buffeting the market.

register:WEBCAST



On Demand

Optimizing your asset management practices to mitigate the effects of a down market

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

The oil and gas market is in constant flux, and as the price of BOE (Barrel of Oil Equivalent) goes down it is increasingly important to optimize your asset management strategy to stay afloat.  Attend this webinar to learn how developing a solid asset management plan can help your company mitigate costs in any market.

register:WEBCAST


Parylene Conformal Coatings for the Oil & Gas Industry

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

In this concise 30-minute webinar, participants have an opportunity to learn more about how Parylene coatings are applied, their features, and the value they add to devices and components.

register:WEBCAST


Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected