Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
Beetaloo Operational Update
27 November 2023 – Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSXV: FO, AIM: FOG) is pleased to announce the commencement of stimulation activities at the Shenandoah South 1H (“SS1H”) well in EP117 which is operated by Falcon Oil & Gas Australia Limited’s joint venture partner, Tamboran B2 Pty Limited.
Details are as follows:
- The planned program, to be conducted by Condor Energy Service, includes 10 stimulation stages within the Amungee Member B-shale over a 500-metre horizontal section of SS1H. The stimulation operation is expected to be completed in December 2023.
- On completion of the stimulation campaign, production tubing will be installed ahead of expected flowback of stimulation fluid and gas breakthrough.
- The stimulation program incorporates lessons learned from the joint venture’s Amungee NW-2H well in EP98 and the Tanumbirini wells in Santos operated EP161. This includes an increase in hydraulic horsepower and higher well design pressures to increase effectiveness of stimulation treatments and fluid conditioning methodologies to decrease the risk of skin damage.
- Diagnostic fracture injection test (“DFIT”) results have already demonstrated an over-pressured regime at the Shenandoah South location, with a pore pressure gradient of at least 0.54 psi /ft. This is in line with results demonstrated at the Tanumbirini well (0.51 – 0.56 psi/ft), providing confidence on the ability to replicate or exceed the commercial flow rates achieved at the Tanumbirini location.
- Current expectations are to release 30-day initial production (IP30) flow rates in Q1 2024, subject to weather conditions and the timing to flow back stimulation fluid to achieve gas breakthrough.
- Results from the SS1H well are a key deliverable that will support the sanctioning of the joint venture’s proposed 40 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) pilot project at Shenandoah South.
Philip O’Quigley, CEO of Falcon commented:
“We look forward to this phase of operations in the Beetaloo with the stimulation and extended production testing of SS1H with the planned program incorporating the lessons from previous programs including Amungee NW-2H and with the DFIT results providing confidence on the ability to achieve commercial flow rates. We will continue to update the market as results become available.”
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This announcement has been reviewed by Dr. Gábor Bada, Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd’s Head of Technical Operations. Dr. Bada obtained his geology degree at the Eötvös L. University in Budapest, Hungary and his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a member of AAPG.
Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test
The DFIT was conducted on 6 October 2023 after the casing and cement integrity was verified suitable for hydraulic fracturing operations. A DFIT is a widely accepted industry technique used to analyse geo-mechanical and reservoir properties.
The process involves injecting a low volume of fluid down the wellbore to breakdown the formation, creating a small initial fracture, allowing for the pressure behaviour after injection to be monitored.
About Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd is an international oil & gas company engaged in the exploration and development of unconventional oil and gas assets, with the current portfolio focused in Australia, South Africa and Hungary. Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd is incorporated in British Columbia, Canada and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with a technical team based in Budapest, Hungary.
Falcon Oil & Gas Australia Limited is a c. 98% subsidiary of Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.
For further information on Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. please visit www.falconoilandgas.com.
About Beetaloo Joint Venture (“BJV”) (EP 76, 98 and 117)
|Falcon Oil and Gas Australia Limited||22.5%|
|Tamboran B2 Pty Limited||77.5%|
About Tamboran B2 Pty Limited
Tamboran (B1) Pty Limited (“Tamboran B1”) is the 100% holder of Tamboran B2 Pty Limited, with Tamboran B1 being a 50:50 joint venture between Tamboran Resources Limited and Daly Waters Energy, LP.
Tamboran Resources Limited, is a natural gas company listed on the ASX (TBN) and U.S. OTC markets (TBNNY). Tamboran is focused on playing a constructive role in the global energy transition towards a lower carbon future, by developing the significant low CO2 gas resource within the Beetaloo Basin through cutting-edge drilling and completion design technology as well as management’s experience in successfully commercialising unconventional shale in North America.
Bryan Sheffield of Daly Waters Energy, LP is a highly successful investor and has made significant returns in the US unconventional energy sector in the past. He was Founder of Parsley Energy Inc. (“PE”), an independent unconventional oil and gas producer in the Permian Basin, Texas and previously served as its Chairman and CEO. PE was acquired for over US$7 billion by Pioneer Natural Resources Company (“Pioneer”), itself a leading independent oil and gas company and with the PE acquisition became a Permian pure play company. Pioneer has a current market capitalisation of c. US$60 billion.
Advisory regarding forward looking statements
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