Monday, July 13, 2009

Forest Oil FST Haynesville Shale Red River Parish

The Haynesville Shale is alive and dandy despite natural gas prices plummeting. Forest Oil Corp. (FST) has come out today and announced a huge natural gas well as seen below.

Jul. 13, 2009-- Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST) (Forest or the Company) today announced results from its second horizontal well in Red River Parish, Louisiana. The Driver 13-1H (100% WI) produced into the sales line at a rate of 20.3 MMcfe/d with 6500 psi flowing casing pressure in early July 2009. This prolific well was drilled and completed with a horizontal leg of 3,500 feet and a ten stage frac for a total well cost of approximately $9.0 million.

Forest holds approximately 11,050 net acres in Louisiana prospective for the Haynesville Shale and has identified 110 additional potential horizontal locations on this acreage. Forest intends to maintain a one-rig drilling program in Red River Parish for the remainder of 2009 and an additional rig in other prospective areas in the play.

H. Craig Clark, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased with the results from this Red River well. Our drilling and completion design delivered a well with results which are at the high end of the range for initial production per lateral length and number of frac stages for only $9 million. We intend to further improve costs and efficiencies as we expand upon our drilling effort in the play. Further, we intend to allocate a horizontal development rig to Red River Parish for the foreseeable future to exploit our acreage position. Our second rig will work both Texas and Louisiana properties in the future.

“Forest intends to continue its current horizontal drilling effort in the Haynesville Shale and the Texas Panhandle Granite Wash areas in order to refine its drilling and completion techniques. When costs and commodity prices improve to more attractive levels, Forest intends to deploy a rig count commensurate with its size and scale focused in these areas.”

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