CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2012) - Condor Petroleum Inc. ("Condor" or the "Company") (TSX:CPI) provides an update on drilling operations at the Zharkamys West 1 Contract Territory ("Zharkamys") and the Marsel Contract Territory ("Marsel") in Kazakhstan.
The Shoba‐201 ("Sh‐201") exploration well was directionally drilled to a total measured depth of 2,050 meters. Sh‐201 was the first 'salt flank' well at Zharkamys, which targeted sands and associated shale top‐ seals that pinch out in a 3 way structural closure against the Shoba salt dome.
Sh‐201 encountered 255 meters of net reservoir with a single 4 meter interval of oil indicated from wireline logs. The limited amount of net pay is attributed to a subtle transition within the top‐seal units where normally tight shale has become silt‐prone and lacks sufficient oil sealing capacity. Calibrating Sh‐ 201 wireline logs to the 3D seismic data has identified seismic attributes that now define the variability of the top‐seal units and will be applied to future salt flank prospects.
Due to the non‐commercial oil quantity associated with Sh‐201, the well was abandoned. The total well cost was $1.6 MM.
The access road and location for the Bugudzilskaya prospect ("Bug‐1") have been completed and the drilling rig is being mobilized. The Bug‐1 prospect is a 2,000 meter deep well targeting Upper Devonian sandstones and interpreted to contain high quality reservoir potential based on analog wells and seismic data interpretation. Drilling is planned to begin in November 2012.
About Condor Petroleum Inc.
Condor is a Canadian oil and gas company with assets in Kazakhstan and Canada. Condor holds a 100% interest in the exploration rights to the 2,610 square km Zharkamys Territory, located in Kazakhstan's Pre‐ Caspian basin. Condor also holds a 66% interest in Marsel Petroleum LLP which has the exploration rights to the 18,500 square km Marsel Territory, located in Kazakhstan's Chu‐ Sarysu basin. The Company operates certain oil and natural gas properties and holds non‐operated working interests in a number of other properties in Canada. The Company is listed on the TSX under the symbol "CPI".
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