Ithaca Energy Inc.

Ithaca Energy Inc.

March 22, 2011 03:00 ET

Ithaca Energy Inc.: Beatrice Area Production and Operational Update

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and CALGARY, CANADA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) -


Ithaca Energy Inc. (TSX VENTURE:IAE)(AIM:IAE) announces today that drilling of the J03 well on Jacky has been temporarily suspended due to mechanical issues on the Energy Enhancer jack-up drilling unit. Additionally, the Beatrice Alpha workover well, A28, is now anticipated to return to stable production in early April.

The drilling unit has been positioned over the Jacky platform to drill well 12/21c-J03 ("the well" or "J03"). Mechanical issues relating to cementing of the initial casing section and the drilling mud handling system occurred onboard the Energy Enhancer during the drilling of the 'top hole section' section of the well. Production from the existing Jacky well J01 (and Beatrice Bravo), was temporarily suspended, as is normal practise during the early phase of drilling, but given additional issues with the rig, production was suspended for an extended period totalling 22 days. Production from J01 has been reinstated today while certain rig equipment is repaired. The rig has been on zero day rate and will remain so until the repair is complete. Drilling is scheduled to recommence in approximately 7 days, after which operations are approximately scheduled to last a further 60 days. 

In addition, at Beatrice Alpha, production start up from work over well A28 has been delayed to allow the completion to be re-run following failure of a downhole packer. The A28 well is now expected to commence flowing and stabilise in early April. 

The suspension of production at Jacky and the later commencement of A28 reinstatement are together anticipated to reduce forecast Ithaca net production for Q1 2011 by approximately 20%. However, management estimate 2011 net average production for the Company is still expected to be between 5,500 and 6,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, subject to successful well interventions at Beatrice, a successful Jacky J03 well and first oil from the Athena field in Q4 2011.

Notes to oil and gas disclosure:

In accordance with AIM Guidelines, Hugh Morel, BSc Physics and Geology (Durham), PhD Hydrogeology (London) and senior petroleum engineer at Ithaca Energy is the qualified person that has reviewed the technical information contained in this press release. Dr Morel has 30 years operating experience in the upstream oil industry.

About Ithaca Energy:

Ithaca Energy Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited ("Ithaca" or "the Company"), is an oil and gas exploration, development and production company active in the United Kingdom's Continental Shelf ("UKCS"). The goal of Ithaca, in the near term, is to maximize production and achieve early production from the development of existing discoveries on properties held by Ithaca, to originate and participate in exploration and appraisal on properties held by Ithaca when capital permits, and to consider other opportunities for growth as they are identified from time to time by Ithaca.

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