Mr. David Burghardt reports
ALTURA ENERGY INC. PROVIDES AN OPERATIONAL UPDATE
Altura Energy Inc. has provided an operational update in respect to its Leduc-Woodbend core area.
Altura completed its summer drilling program of eight 1.5-mile extended reach horizontal (ERH) wells in the Leduc-Woodbend Upper Mannville Rex oil pool on Aug. 23. Five wells were brought on production throughout July and August, two wells were brought on production Oct. 3 and continue to clean up completion fluids, and one well is scheduled for completion in November.
Compared with the three ERH wells drilled in the prior campaign (August, 2017, to January, 2018), the average spud to rig release time for the recent eight-well program dropped from 11 days to eight days per well. As a result, drilling operations for the summer program were under budget by approximately $125,000 per well and were completed four weeks ahead of schedule.
The corporation tested increased frac density on two of the eight wells in the summer program to evaluate further improvement in well productivity and reserves. On these pilot wells, Altura increased the frac density by reducing the frac spacing to 30 metres from 45 metres and reducing the per interval sand tonnage from 20 tonnes to 15 tonnes. This resulted in a 50-per-cent increase in the number of fracs and a 20-per-cent increase in the overall sand tonnage. Initial results of this pilot are encouraging and will continue to be assessed over the next several months.
Altura's corporate production averaged 502 barrels of oil equivalent per day (70 per cent oil and liquids) in June and increased to a corporate average of 1,650 boe per day (87 per cent oil and liquids) for September, based on field estimates. Altura's production was curtailed over the Sept. 22 to Sept. 30 period to approximately 900 boe per day due to a third party gas plant maintenance turnaround. Corporate production volumes for the third quarter of 2018 are estimated at 1,050 boe per day (82 per cent oil and liquids), based on field estimates. For the Oct. 1 to Oct. 7 period, corporate field estimates increased to 1,700 boe per day as wells were brought back on-line from the curtailment.
Altura has completed the construction of a multiwell oil battery at 12-14-049-26W4 on time and on budget. Since commissioning the battery on July 30, it has processed total fluid volumes of up to 6,000 barrels per day and has enabled Altura to haul clean oil to additional sales terminals to optimize pricing and reduce oil treating costs.
The corporation's 2018 capital expenditure guidance is $33-million, before acquisitions and dispositions, which is consistent with guidance provided on Aug. 9, 2018. Such capital expenditures are split approximately 79 per cent to drilling, completion, equipping and tie-in capital, and 21 per cent to infrastructure and other capital. The capital expenditure program is expected to be financed from cash on hand, cash flow from operating activities and Altura's $3-million credit facility. Planning for 2019 is under way and is focused on continuing to grow per share production and cash flow from Leduc-Woodbend.
About Altura Energy Inc.
Altura is a junior oil and gas exploration, development, and production company with operations in central Alberta. Altura predominantly produces from the Rex member in the Upper Mannville group and is focused on delivering per-share growth and attractive shareholder returns through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
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