Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd.
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Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd.

January 12, 2011 20:19 ET

Painted Pony Petroleum Announces Exceptional Montney Wells and Continued Bakken Production Growth

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 12, 2011) - Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd. ("Painted Pony" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PPY.A) (TSX VENTURE:PPY.B) is pleased to announce results from recent Montney wells and to provide an operational update.

LOWER MONTNEY RESULTS AT KOBES/GUNDY

Following a 5 day clean-up, the horizontal well Gundy d-B67-J/94-B-9 (20% working interest) flowed in-line for 19 days at an average rate of 11.6 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d), with a peak rate of 13.1 mmcf/d. The average pressure during the 19 day test was over 2,900 psi. Current production is 11.5 mmcf/d and the well has produced 0.3 Bcf in less than one month.

On the same pad, the horizontal well Gundy c-67-J/94-B-9 (20% working interest) was brought on-stream in December 2010. The well was drilled and completed during the summer of 2010 though it was not tied-in until the Gundy compressor facility was completed. The well is currently producing 6.1 mmcf/d at over 1,400 psi, after one month on production. 

Approximately 4 miles away on the same contiguous block of land, the horizontal well Kobes a-B10-J/94-B-9 (20% working interest) has been on production since August 2010. Initial production was 9.8 mmcf/d, and the average production rate during the first 30 days following cleanup was 8.5 mmcf/d at an average pressure of over 2,900 psi. The well has produced 0.85 Bcf in approximately 4 months.

MIDDLE MONTNEY RESULTS AT KOBES

The horizontal well Kobes a-A10-J/94-B-9 (20% working interest) has been on production since October 2010. The average production rate during the first 30 days following cleanup was 6.6 mmcf/d, at an average pressure of 1,000 psi. The well has produced over 0.5 Bcf in less than three months, and is currently producing at 5.9 mmcf/d. 

UPPER MONTNEY RESULTS AT GUNDY AND BLAIR/TOWN

In addition to the wells in the lower and middle Montney discussed above, Painted Pony now has 3 upper Montney horizontal wells on production. Production from the first two wells, which were brought on-stream at Blair approximately eight months ago, has exceeded original expectations significantly. The third upper Montney well (20% working interest), Gundy d-A67-J/94-B-9 is currently producing at 2.3 mmcf/d after 29 days on production.

THREE-TIERED MONTNEY DELINEATION PROGRAM UNDERWAY

Painted Pony continues to actively delineate all three Montney intervals on the Company's significant land position in northeast British Columbia. The Company holds approximately 118 net sections with Montney rights in this area.

On the Cameron/Kobes block all three intervals in the Montney have been proven commercially productive with horizontal wells. On the Blair/Town block (85 net sections), the upper Montney has been proved commercially productive with horizontal wells, and the lower and middle Montney have been tested successfully using vertical wells. Additional horizontal piloting is planned for all three intervals at Blair/Town in 2011.

Currently, the Daiber b-60-C/94-B-9 upper Montney horizontal well (20% working interest) is being completed with results expected by February. The Blair d-8-F/94-B-16 vertical well (50% working interest) is currently being flow tested and the Blair d-40-F/94-B-16 lower Montney horizontal well (30% working interest) is scheduled to be completed before the end of January. An additional upper Montney horizontal well (50% working interest) is currently drilling at Blair d-5-K/94-B-16. Painted Pony plans to drill a total of 5 (2.9 net) Montney wells during the first quarter of 2011.

The Montney zone across the entire area contains sweet, low-carbon dioxide gas, with high heat content and an estimated liquids-to-gas ratio of over 20 bbls/mmcf. 

OPERATIONAL UPDATE

Painted Pony's production has continued to grow to record levels despite weather-related operational delays and pipeline apportionment, with field-estimated December 2010 production averaging 3,950 boe/d (52% oil and liquids, 48% gas). Based on field estimates, production for the fourth quarter of 2010 was 3,360 boe/d (54% oil and liquids, 46% gas).

In Saskatchewan, the Company has completed construction of oil batteries and solution gas gathering systems at Midale and Huntoon. After two months of sales, the average gas-to-oil ratio was 1,140 cubic feet/barrel of oil, and the recovered liquids-to-gas ratio was 180 bbls/mmcf. These results are believed to be higher than other parts of the Viewfield Bakken pool, and enhance the economics of the area. 

At Flat Lake, Painted Pony's Bakken discovery well (please refer to the press release dated November 9, 2010) continues to produce at a rate of 176 bbls/d (88 bbls/d net) after 2 months on-stream. Flat Lake continues to be an exciting new core area for the Company and further development planning is underway.

At North Weyburn, the Company drilled a Bakken exploration well (100% working interest) in the fourth quarter of 2010 with completion planned for first quarter 2011. 

In the first quarter of 2011, Painted Pony plans to drill 13 (8.0 net) wells targeting light oil in southeast Saskatchewan, with a two-rig program.

RETIREMENT

Don Slater, Vice-President of Exploration (North), announced his retirement, effective January 18, 2011. Mr. Slater has been with Painted Pony since the Company's inception, and has been a major contributor to its success. Painted Pony thanks Mr. Slater for his contributions and wishes him the best in his retirement.

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Painted Pony will be undertaking a series of presentations to interested parties over the next two weeks in cities in Canada and the United States. Interested parties are invited to visit the Company's website to view an updated presentation dated January 14, 2011. 

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Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd. was recognized as a TSX Venture 50® company in 2010. TSX Venture 50 is a trade-mark of TSX Inc. and is used under license.

Advisory

BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio of 6 Mcf: 1 bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains certain forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as " forward looking statements ") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "potential", "intend", "objective", "continuous", "ongoing", "encouraging", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", or similar words suggesting future outcomes. These forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions including but not limited to (i) drilling success; (ii) production; (iii) future capital expenditures; and (iv) cash flow from operating activities. The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of such information may prove to be incorrect.

Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions and expectations of management of the Company as at the effective date of such statements and, in some cases, information supplied by third parties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and that information received from third parties is reliable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements.

With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this document, Painted Pony has made a number of assumptions. The key assumptions underlying the aforementioned forward-looking statements include assumptions that: (i) commodity prices will be volatile throughout 2011; (ii) capital, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel will continue to be available at the level Painted Pony has enjoyed to date; (iii) Painted Pony will be able to obtain equipment in a timely manner to carry out exploration, development and exploitation activities; (iv) Painted Pony will have sufficient financial resources with which to conduct the capital program; (v) the accuracy of geological and geophysical data and Painted Pony's interpretation of that data; (vi)the results of wells drilled by Painted Pony to date on its properties and production from those wells, the results of wells drilled by third parties in the vicinity of the Company's properties; (vii) that production from new wells will be substantially similar to production rates associated with existing wells in the vicinity of the Company's properties; (viii) the continued ability of the Company to generate internal cash flow and the availability of capital on acceptable terms; and (ix) the current tax and regulatory regime will remain substantially unchanged. Certain or all of the forgoing assumptions may prove to be untrue.

Certain information regarding Painted Pony set forth in this document, including management's assessment of Painted Pony's future plans and operations, number, type and timing of wells to be drilled, the planning and development of certain prospects, production estimates, treatment under governmental regulatory regimes and expected production growth may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Painted Pony's control, including without limitation, risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development, exploitation, production, marketing and transportation, loss of markets, volatility of commodity prices, environmental risks, inability to obtain drilling rigs or other services, capital expenditure costs, including drilling, completion and facility costs, unexpected decline rates in wells, wells not performing as expected, delays resulting from or inability to obtain required regulatory approvals and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, the impact of general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and overseas, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations (including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations) and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in foreign exchange or interest rates, and stock market volatility and market valuations of companies with respect to announced transactions and the final valuations thereof.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Painted Pony's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceeds, that the Company will derive therefrom. All subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.

Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Painted Pony's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) or Painted Pony's website (www.paintedpony.ca).

The forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as at the date of this news release and Painted Pony does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Contact Information

  • Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd.
    Patrick R. Ward
    President & CEO
    (403) 475-0440
    (403) 238-1487 (FAX)
    or
    Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd.
    Joan E. Dunne
    Vice President, Finance & CFO
    (403) 475-0440
    (403) 238-1487 (FAX)
    or
    Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd.
    300, 602 - 12 Ave SW
    Calgary, AB T2R 1J3
    www.paintedpony.ca