BlackRock presses heavy oil work at Seal, Alta.

A Calgary independent has sharply boosted heavy oil production and plans more heavy oil development this year on properties at Seal, Alta., 190 miles northwest of Edmonton.BlackRock Ventures Inc. said completion in December of a 52-well horizontal drilling program at Seal resulted in the company producing 10,400 b/d at yearend 2004. Besides Seal, the company also produces heavy oil at Lloydminster and Hilda Lake in eastern Alberta.Production is about 2,500 b/d at Lloydminster and 500 b/d at Hilda Lake.Eleven of the 52 wells drilled late in the year at Seal were to be placed on production in January 2005.BlackRock holds more than 80,000 net acres at Seal, where the reservoir is in the Cret...

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