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Caza Oil & Gas, Inc Acquires Additional Bone Spring Play Acreage

cazaCaza Oil & Gas (LSE:CAZA) — the AIM listed, Texas-based company that engages in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons in the US — this morning announced that it had acquired additional acreage in the heart of the Bone Spring Play. Its share price is currently up 2.6%

Under the exploration and development agreement, Caza will acquire a lease comprising 480 gross acres in the heart of the Bone Spring Play. The new property, which is close to the company’s existing Marathon Road Property, will be called East Marathon Road. Drilling operations should start within the week, with the initial well — to be named the Igloo 19 State #2H (“19-2H well”) — planned as a horizontal third Bone Spring test well. 

The company also provided operational updates on some of its other properties, starting with its Broadcaster Property, which it reports produced a peak 24 gross rate of  2,830 barrels (bbls) of oil equivalent on 17 September, and has since produced at a 25 day average gross rate of  1,696bbls of oil equivalent.

The intended total measured depth of approximately 15,545 feet was reached in Caza’s Lennox 32 State Unit #4H horizontal Bone Spring well on 18 September. However, Caza says that due to “unusually high levels” of rainfall across New Mexico all of its field operations in the area are now running behind schedule, which has necessitated postponing the fracture stimulation scheduled for 6 October until 16 October.

Caza says that its Marathon Road 15 OB Fed #1H horizontal Bone Spring well —  a direct offset to the very successful Marathon Road 15 PA Fed #1H — is currently drilling ahead at approximately 2,000 feet vertical depth. 

And the company reports that three shallow vertical wells have so far been drilled and fracture stimulated on its Forehand Ranch Property. Caza says that whilst it doesn’t consider these Forehand Ranch wells as being significant to its overall production in the Bone Spring Play, they are strategically important, as they are cheaper to drill than the deeper horizontal wells, and any established production from them holds the leases to all depths.

Caza’s management also says that it believes that, in addition to the producing Bone Spring Sands, the even deeper Wolfcamp formations are also prospective for oil and liquids-rich natural gas on this property.

Finally, the company says that it completed the sale of its historical Wharton County Texas production on September 19, for $1.6m, and that it will reinvest the proceeds of this sale in its oil and liquids-rich Bone Spring drilling program.

Commenting on the announcements, CEO W. Michael Ford said:

We are very pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the East Marathon Road lease and anticipate drilling operations to commence soon on the property.  This is a highly active area in the Bone Spring Play that will hopefully generate good results for the Company and our shareholders.

We are also happy to report that the actual peak rate on the Broadcaster well was higher than the rate previously announced, and we are equally pleased with the excellent performance of the well through the first month of production.  We anticipate drilling of the second Broadcaster well to commence in late Q4 2014.

At 19.5p, Caza’s share price is up 115% on this time last year, versus a 5.6% fall in the value of the AIM All-Share index. And Caza is beating the index over the longer term, too, with a share price increase of  86% over the past fives years, compared with 9.7% gain by the AIM All-Share.

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