Voyager Oil & Gas plans to drill 50 Bakken, 22 Niobrara wells in 2011

Source: Voyager Oil & Gas

Voyager Oil & Gas, Inc. (OTCBB:VYOG) provided an operational update regarding its Bakken and Niobrara activity, revealing that the company plans to drill some 50 wells in the Bakken Shale play and 22 wells in the Niobrara this year. 

Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks 

Voyager currently controls approximately 24,000 net acres in the Williston Basin, primarily in Williams and McKenzie Counties, North Dakota and Richland County, Montana. Voyager currently has a working interest in 23 gross wells, 6 of which are producing, 6 of which are in the completion process and 11 of which are drilling or preparing to drill. At the end of 2010, Voyager had spud 18 Bakken wells, in line with their previous estimates. In 2011, Voyager expects to spud approximately 50 gross and 5 net Bakken wells. 

"2010 was an excellent first year for Voyager, which should provide the foundation for growth in 2011," J.R. Reger said. "We believe the outlook for Voyager in 2011 is strong. We intend to continue our focus on acreage acquisition, development and working with excellent industry operators. Voyager is poised to make significant progress on its operations goals in the most exciting and economic oil resource play in the United States." 

D-J Basin Niobrara 

Voyager currently controls an interest in 44,000 net acres in the D-J Basin Niobrara play in a joint venture with Slawson Exploration. Voyager recently participated with Slawson Exploration in three previously announced Niobrara test wells in Weld County, Colorado. Two of the wells, Moonshine #1-36H and Outlaw #16-11-66H experienced significant hydrocarbon shows during drilling and have delineated an additional 22 high-grade locations to be drilled in 2011. Moonshine #1-36H produced at a peak rate of 650 barrels of oil per day and experienced stabilized production with artificial lift. Outlaw #16-11-66H, the third test well was recently completed on January 15, 2011 and is currently being tested and prepared for artificial lift. 

Slawson Exploration has completed the construction of drilling pads for 22 additional Niobrara drilling locations in Weld County, Colorado. Surface casing has been set on all 22 locations which increased the term on each lease by one year. All 22 of these wells are high-grade locations and have been delineated by the Moonshine and Outlaw wells. Based on the costs of the first three wells, Slawson expects drilling and completion costs for the next 22 wells to be approximately $3.2 million per location, $1 million less than original AFE estimates. The next three Slawson Niobrara wells will be drilled in succession, starting the week of January 24th. These wells are the Joker 36-9-62, Smuggler 16-10-62 and Birds of Prey 36-10-61. These wells are in direct proximity to the Moonshine and Outlaw wells. 

J.R. Reger, CEO of Voyager Oil & Gas, commented, "We are excited to participate in the D-J Basin Niobrara play with Slawson Exploration. This year we plan to begin a development stage focusing on our 22 high-graded Niobrara locations. We also plan to acquire additional acreage in the core Niobrara prospect. The Niobrara is extremely impressive as an emerging oil resource play and will only increase as techniques evolve." 

About Voyager Oil & Gas 

Voyager Oil & Gas, Inc. is an exploration and production company based in Billings, Montana. Voyager's primary focus is oil shale resource prospects in the continental United States. Voyager currently controls approximately 138,000 net acres in Bakken/Three Forks in North Dakota and Montana; the Niobrara formation in Colorado and Wyoming; a specific Red River prospect in Montana; the Heath Shale formation in Musselshell, Petroleum, Garfield and Fergus Counties of Montana; and the Tiger Ridge gas field in Blaine, Hill and Chouteau Counties of Montana.

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