CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 3, 2012) - Condor Petroleum Inc. ("Condor" or the "Company") (CPI.TO - News) is pleased to provide an update on its operations at the Zharkamys West 1 Contract Territory (the "Zharkamys Territory") and the Marsel Contract Territory (the "Marsel Territory") in Kazakhstan.
Shoba Appraisal Program: Shoba-8 (Sh-8), the first of four appraisal wells in 2012, has reached its planned total depth of 883 meters. Sh-8 penetrated 15 meters of gross oil pay and resulted in 8.7 meters of net pay above the field oil water contact. Production casing has been set and the well is scheduled to be flow-tested once regulatory approvals are obtained.
Sh-8's successful results extend the Shoba field north into a separately mapped fault block. The common oil-water contact between the fault blocks suggests a continuous oil pool and should increase the Shoba field's 'proved + probable' reserves, where 'possible' reserves were previously assigned. Drilling of Shoba-9 (Sh-9), a second well to the north of the mapped fault, has recently commenced. Two other Shoba appraisal wells will be drilled after Sh-9, which are located south of the mapped fault and will be produced as part of the Trial Production Period ("TPP") commencing in the third quarter 2012.
Testing Activities: The ninety day production test on the TasW-4 well began in late April 2012. A 21 meter interval was perforated with initial oil rates exceeding 700 barrels per day. Stabilized flow rates will be reported once hydrodynamic testing is completed. A second ninety day test is planned for TasW-4 after the current production test and targets a separate 11 meter interval.
A service rig is currently moving onto the TasW-3 well to complete a 5 meter interval, with a ninety day production test planned to begin in June 2012.
Asa-1 Gas Discovery: The first well drilled using the new Marsel 3D seismic data was Asa-1. This well reached a total depth of 2,670 meters in April 2012. The primary Devonian target zone was encountered at 2,408 meters, consisting of fractured conglomerates and breccias. Wireline logging, in combination with two successful open-hole Drill Stem Tests ("DSTs"), confirms a continuous 262 meter gas column has been penetrated, with an estimated 110 meters of net pay. The DSTs resulted in flow rates ranging between 2.1 and 11.1 MMscf/day. The gas was dry with no formation water indicated during the flow periods. A gas-water contact was not encountered. Production casing has been set in anticipation of additional flow testing.
About Condor Petroleum Inc.
Condor is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kazakhstan and Canada. Condor holds a 100% interest in the exploration rights to the 2,610 square km Zharkamys Territory, located in Kazakhstan's Pre-Caspian basin. Condor also holds a 66% interest in Marsel Petroleum LLP which has the exploration rights to the 18,500 square km Marsel Territory, located in Kazakhstan's Chu- Sarysu basin. The Company operates certain oil and natural gas properties in Alberta and Saskatchewan and holds non-operated working interests in a number of other properties in Alberta. The Company is listed on the TSX under the symbol "CPI".
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