NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - Citadel Exploration, Inc. (OTCQB: COIL) is pleased to announce that it has received a permit from the California Department of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to commence thermal recovery at Project Indian using Cyclic Steam Injection. This permit was the final permit required for COIL to commence injection and production of the Indian #1-15 well, which was successfully drilled in early January. Steam injection is expected to start in the coming weeks.
"Obtaining this permit is a tremendously important step forward," said Armen Nahabedian, CEO of Citadel Exploration. He added: "though the drilling of our first Project Indian well in January was a key milestone, this permit marks the culmination of an enormous amount of regulatory work and is vital for generating returns to our investors and economic growth for the people of San Benito County."
This well is the first in a 15-well pilot program to receive steam injection and will help determine the economic viability of the field. Approximately 60% of California oil production is accomplished with thermal recovery, a process that does not involve any chemical injection. Typical thermal recovery projects in California have recovered 20-60% of the original oil in place, suggesting that Project Indian could ultimately recover between 20MM and 60MM barrels of oil.
Nahabedian described the regulatory review process as challenging and thorough, which he said was beneficial in the long run: "The rigor of this process ensures that this project will be extremely safe and environmentally sound for all concerned. This permit is proof that the oil industry, agriculture and environmental protection can thrive together."
Citadel Exploration (OTCQB: COIL) is a pure-play California oil company with operations in the Salinas and San Joaquin Basins of California. Citadel has a broad portfolio of capital investment opportunities arising from management's extensive knowledge of the geology and the history of oil and gas exploration and development in California.
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