PPR finds momentum in southern Alberta horizontal Wheatland play

Prairie Provident Resources Inc. (PPR) will continue drilling in mid-July in the wake of successful 4-well program in southern Alberta at its Wheatland prospect. The operator drilled wells Wayne-1, 2, 3, and Entice-1 during this year’s first 3 months, deferring completions until late April and early May.

The Wayne wells tested at 1,000, 450, and 500 b/d, respectively, during 4-6 day tests. The company’s reported test results included total fluids—recovered and formation water.

The Entice-1 well tested 200 b/d with 2.8 MMcfd of gas at 700 psi flowing casing pressure with a 15% oil cut and GOR 92,000. The operator said all four wells are believed to have penetrated the primary target zones in the Cretaceous Ellerslie formation. The Wheatland prospect is below the company’s Mannville fairway where it has 7 producing wells. Targets include lithic glauconite fluvial channels and subaqueous marine Ellerslie deposition.

Oil cut from the well flow tests reflects recovery of both formation water and water-based load fluid. The company also said Wayne-1 was tied-in and has produced sales since mid-May. The 20-day production rate is 300 b/d of oil and 85 boe of natural gas, exceeding the company’s expectations. Wayne-2 and 3 wells are expected to be tied-in by the end of June.

The Entice-1 is expected to be tied-in by July 15, the company said. PPR confirmed that long-term performance and ultimate recoveries may differ from initial production rates, but the operator holds 145 unrisked drilling locations in the area and plans to locate follow up horizontal prospects with each new well.

PPR also is monitoring commodity prices to add Princess drilling targets to its capital program in the second half. The company’s Princess prospect is southeast of Wheatley and contains 70 gross sections of which PPR holds 95% working interest. The company has identified 15 drilling locations and has three recompletions—16-13 Detrital, 9-9 Glauconite, and 05-24 Detrital—waiting to be tied-in with more than 500 b/d cumulative production behind pipe. PPR says that Princess is a 3D controlled, low-risk exploration play.

Contact Tayvis Dunnahoe at tayvisd@ogjonline.com.

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