Gallic Energy Ltd.

Gallic Energy Ltd.

January 31, 2012 08:30 ET

Gallic Energy Ltd. Announces Change in Well Plan for Ossun-2 Well in France

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2012) - Gallic Energy Ltd. ("Gallic" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GLC) announces that it intends to change from its current snubbing unit to a drilling rig on its Ossun-2 well located in the Aquitaine Basin in Southern France. The Ossun-2 well is a re-entry of an old Total SA wellbore previously drilled in the late 1960's. On January 10, 2012, the Company announced that it had spud the re-entry of Ossun-2. Operations to drill out the cement plug and to splice the 9 5/8 inch intermediate casing back to the surface were successful. However, at a depth of 1,344 meters, suspected and undocumented abandoned drilling pipe was encountered in the wellbore, making continuation of the re-entry process more uncertain from a cost and process perspective. Plans are now being developed for sidetracking Ossun-2 from near that depth. The re-entry was targeting multiple zones of interest between 1,775 meters and 3,000 meters. A sidetrack well will also allow Gallic to reach additional potential hydrocarbon bearing zones that could not be reached with the original cased-hole re-entry operations.

The snubbing unit rig currently on location will be released and negotiations are ongoing with rig contractors for services of a conventional drilling rig. Sidetrack operations are expected to commence in the near-term to capitalize on synergies from current re-entry operations. It is the Company's expectation that a drilling rig could be on-site within a few weeks. As originally scheduled, the re-entry of the Azereix-1 well will follow the Ossun-2 sidetrack and the multiple zone testing process, once completed. Funding of both well programs are within Gallic's budget and available cash on hand.

The Company continues to proceed on schedule for obtaining a new drilling license to drill the Hagolle-2 well on its Ledeuix permit targeting a shallow gas zone defined on 3D seismic. Gallic has a 100% ownership interest in all its French operations.

Mr. William H. Smith, President and CEO of Gallic, said "It is important to note that this obstruction is well above all of our zones of interest, and while this change of plans is a slight setback on timing of expected results, nothing has changed on either the size of the potential resources or on the geologic risk of those resources being producible in commercial rates. A sidetrack well will allow us to explore deeper zones where hydrocarbon potential has been identified, something that we were unable to do with the original cased hole re-entry operations. Additionally, the sidetrack will allow Gallic to obtain modern open-hole logs over the potential reservoirs, which will give more definitive reservoir information than could the old open-hole logs and the previously planned cased-hole logs."

On November 2, 2011, the company announced results from independent reserve consultants GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") on the undiscovered petroleum initially-in-place ("UPIIP") for the Ossun-2 and Azereix-1 wells. The report indicated UPIIP for the Ossun-2 well formations at an unrisked 247 BCF. Additionally, European gas prices have remained in the $8-$9/mcf range over the past year contrary to depressed North American natural gas prices.

Gallic is an international oil and gas company with assets in France and Australia. Current operations are focused on France and in particular the Aquitaine Basin where the Company holds approximately 320,000 net acres of exploration lands. The Company holds approximately 600,000 net acres of land in the prospective Canning Basin in Australia.


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The forward-looking statements of the Company contained in this news release are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement. Various risks to which Gallic and its affiliates are exposed in the conduct of their business are described in detail in the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, which has been filed on SEDAR Subject to applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly revise the forward-looking statements included in this news release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.

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Contact Information

  • Gallic Energy Ltd.
    William H. (Bill) Smith
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 930-7533

    Gallic Energy Ltd.
    Dean Callaway
    Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 930-7534