Friday, January 7, 2011

Goshen County, WY - Niobrara Shale Update

By Andrea:

MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU) announced recently that they are active in the Niobrara Oil Play - Earlier this year, the natural gas and oil business acquired approximately 88,000 net acres in the emerging Niobrara oil shale play. Since that time, interest and leasehold costs in the play have increased. The company recently signed an agreement to sell a 25 percent working interest to a well-capitalized partner, which helps manage the company’s overall portfolio risk and capital requirements.

Also in 2010, the company acquired approximately 88,000 net exploratory acres in the emerging Niobrara oil play in Laramie and Goshen Counties in southeastern Wyoming. In October 2010, an agreement was signed to sell a 25 percent working interest in this acreage, reducing the company’s portfolio risk and capital requirements, bringing its acreage position to approximately 66,000 net acres. The company plans to begin drilling exploratory wells in the area in 2011. Lease terms are generally five years with most having five-year renewal options available to the company

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