Piceance Niobrara/Mancos horizontal work growing

Fourteen horizontal wells have been drilled in the Cretaceous Mancos shale in the Piceance basin in northwestern Colorado, said Dejour Energy Inc., Denver.

Encouraging production results from these wells “indicate that the Piceance basin recoveries, including the Niobrara/Mancos, offer the potential to at least double the net reserves available here, with improved economics,” Dejour said.

A Lower Mancos horizontal well in Garfield County completed by WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, at the end of 2012 averaged 12 MMcfd in its first 30 days on production, Dejour noted (OGJ Online, Jan. 23, 2013).

Dejour has more than 7,500 net acres of land prospective for Niobrara/Mancos contingent resources in the basin, and the WPX horizontal discovery lies between Dejour’s Kokopelli and Roan Creek leaseholds.

Meanwhile, Dejour is preparing to complete four wells and drill and case three more in the Williams Fork member of Cretaceous Mesaverde at Kokopelli with a rig under contract to spud around Mar. 22.

At the company’s South Rangely project, the discovery well is on line producing at the contract sales rate of 250 Mcfd. Plans include a review of expansion alternatives with a view to initiate the drilling of a horizontal well by mid-2014.

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