Samson Issues Update On Montana, Wyoming Operations

Hawk Springs Project, Goshen County, Wyoming

Spirit of America US34 #2-29, (SSN 100% WI)

The Sprit of America #2 well has been drilled to the intermediate casing point of 9,140 feet, 70 feet deeper than the point at which the first well was abandoned, prior to penetrating the two 3D seismically defined targets. The troublesome salt section that caused several stuck bottom hole assemblies in the initial well has been successfully drilled using a heavy weight, oil based mud system along with a very conservative drilling approach being applied to the salt section. The well bore has been assessed as “in excellent condition” after it was extensively conditioned having reached the intermediate casing point. The rig is currently running the seven inch casing string. Following the cementing of that string, the well will be drilled to an expected total depth of 10,750 feet. Drilling operations are expected to re-commence late Friday this week, following the completion of this casing operation.

Defender US33 #2-29H, (SSN 37.5% WI)

A jet pump was installed in the Defender US33 #2-29H and the well has produced daily oil rates between 15 and 236 BOPD (normalized basis assuming a full 24 hour up time). Discounting the early “flush production” the well has produced at an average rate of around 50 BOPD.

We are in the process of running bottom hole pressure gauges to optimize the jet pump operation which by design has several parameters (including the use of oil or water as the power fluid) which may be varied to achieve this optimization. This process will take a couple of weeks since each parameter change takes a day or two to evaluate.

Roosevelt Project, Roosevelt County, Montana

Gretel II 12KA 3 #1-30H, (SSN 100% WI, subject to a 33.34% backin right)

The work-over has been completed on Gretel II, all of the frac sleeves have been drilled; and the production tubing, rod pump and sucker rods have been installed. All of the surface equipment, tanks, beam pump, separator and heater-treater are on site and are expected to be installed in the next two weeks, after which production will be initiated.

Australia II 12KA 6, #1-29H, (SSN 100%, subject to a 33.34% back-in right)

The work-over rig has been moved onto the Australia II well so that the clean out string can be removed and the production string, pump and pump rods run. The surface facilities are largely complete with the beam pump, tanks, separator, and heater-treater all installed. Once the completion string is in place (expected Saturday this week), the well will be plumbed to the surface facilities, the various electrical controls will be installed and production operations will be initiated. This is expected to occur next week.

During the work-over operations this week the first 12 hour shift was occupied attempting to kill the well with a 11.2 ppg brine fluid. This fluid density was insufficient and a 11.4 ppg fluid was required to overcome the reservoir pressure to enable the commencement of the work over. The reservoir pressure has exceeded our expectations. During the kill operations, 105 barrels of oil were recovered.

Abercrombie 1-10H (SSN WI 0.75%)

The Abercrombie well has completed its flow back operations and oil rates of between 380 BOPD and 630 BOPD (normalized 24 hour rates) were recorded prior to that operation being concluded. The Abercrombie well was drilled as a 10,000 foot horizontal in the middle Bakken and its bottom hole location is within 1 mile of the bottom hole location of the Gretel II location


Author: montanaoilreport

After my first job at a newspaper -- delivering papers for the Jackson (TN) Sun, ink was in my veins. Since the 1970's I've worked in every area of the Printing and Publishing industry, with most of that time spent in the pressroom. In 2008 I moved to Montana and purchased the Sun Times of Fairfield ( In 2011 I realized that most media outlets were either ignoring, or attacking, the growing oil and gas industry in Montana, so I started the Montana Oil Report as the source of information on this important industry.

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