CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – Jan. 7, 2011) – Storm Gas Resource Corp (“SGR”) and its partner, Storm Resources Ltd (“SRX”), are pleased to announce initial gas flow rates from the first horizontal well drilled in the Muskwa and Otter Park gas shales on their joint lands in the Horn River Basin in northeastern British Columbia.

In October 2010, the 1st horizontal at D-9-D/94-P-12 (60% SGR, 40% SRX) was drilled to a total depth of 4,350 metres with a 1,800 metre horizontal section in the Muskwa and Otter Park shales. Completion of the well commenced in early December 2010 and consisted of 12 fracture treatments with each being approximately 300 tonnes of sand and 2,900 cubic metres of water (total sand pumped was 3,500 tonnes and total water pumped was 35,000 cubic metres or 220,000 barrels). Total cost of the completion is expected to be approximately $9 to $9.5 million. 

The well has now been flowed for 76 hours on clean-up with results as follows:

  • Gas rate has been restricted and has averaged 8.8 mmcf per day during the clean-up period (cumulative gas production 28 mmcf). 
  • The most recent gas rate was 9.1 mmcf per day at a flowing casing pressure of 8,000 kPa (1,160 psi).
  • The water used in the fracture treatments is being recovered at a rate of 1,600 barrels per day (255 cubic metres per day) with cumulative water recovery to date being 7,230 barrels (1,050 cubic metres) representing 3% of the water pumped in the fracture treatments.

Tubing is now being installed in the wellbore and the well will be flow tested for an additional 7 to 10 days in order to gain additional information regarding the gas rates and flowing pressures. Once completed and assuming results are as expected, construction of the facility and associated pipelines will begin and first gas to sales is possible by early April 2011. Although the initial flow rate is very encouraging, it is expected that at least 3 to 6 months of production history will be required before an accurate reserve estimate can be provided and before longer-term production performance can be predicted.

A 2nd horizontal well was drilled in December 2010 at C-29-D/94-P-12 (60% SGR, 40% SRX) to a total depth of 4,400 metres which includes a 1,900 metre horizontal section. 

Storm Gas Resource Corp. is the operator and 60% working interest owner of the Horn River Basin asset. SGR and SRX are 60:40 working interest partners and together control over 95 gross sections in the Horn River Basin. In addition, SGR controls interests in other lands in the Horn River, including 8 sections held 100%. SGR has drilled two vertical test wells and two horizontal wells to assess the Horn River shales to date, culminating with this successful horizontal test that demonstrates the potential of the eastern flank of the basin. 

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