DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 12, 2015) - Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: MPET) ("Magellan" or the "Company") today provided an update on the Horse Hill-1 well ("HH-1") and PEDL 137, in which it owns a 35% direct working interest.
On May 11, 2015, UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC ("UKOG"), an interest owner in HH-1 and PEDL 137, announced that Xodus Group, an international energy consultancy, conducted an independent study of the conventional reservoir in the Upper Portland sandstone in PE0DL 137 and concluded that the "best estimate" (P50, with a 50% chance that the actual volume will be greater than the stated estimate, and a 50% chance that the actual volume will be less than the stated estimate) gross oil in place ("OIP") amounted to 21.0 MMbbls. The announcement also clarified that the OIP should not be construed as recoverable resources and that meaningful estimates of recoverable oil from the Upper Portland can only be made following the proposed HH-1 flow test, which is planned for later in 2015.
The estimated OIP in the Upper Portland is incremental to estimated OIP in other formations present at HH-1, including the Kimmeridge, Oxford, and Liassic formations. Pursuant to a farmout agreement executed in 2013, Magellan will be carried for its share of the costs of the HH-1 flow test.
J. Thomas Wilson, President and CEO of Magellan, commented: "We are encouraged by Xodus's technical analysis resulting in an increase to the estimated OIP in the Upper Portland interval. We believe the outcome of the flow test of the Upper Portland is the next critical step, which, if successful, could allow us to move the license into the production period and start producing oil from HH-1. Our strategy is also focused on establishing the potential of the Kimmeridge and Liassic formations in the Weald Basin, which we believe could contain significant hydrocarbon prospects."
UK General Elections
In the UK general elections held on May 7, 2015, the Conservative Party secured a majority of seats in the House of Commons, allowing for the continuation of a government under Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr. Wilson commented: "We welcome the results of the UK general elections, as they represent a continuation of a government that has been generally favorable to the development of onshore hydrocarbon resources in the UK."
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Magellan Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the development of CO2-EOR projects in the Rocky Mountain region. Historically active internationally, Magellan also owns significant exploration acreage in the Weald Basin, onshore UK, and an exploration block, NT/P82, in the Bonaparte Basin, offshore Northern Territory, Australia, which the Company currently plans to farmout. Our strategy is to enhance shareholder value by maximizing the value of our CO2-EOR business and our international projects. We are committed to efficiently investing financial, technical, and management capital in our projects in order to achieve the greatest risk-adjusted value and returns for our shareholders. Magellan routinely posts important information about the Company on its website at www.magellanpetroleum.com.