Calgary, Alberta (February 11, 2014): Guardian Exploration ("Corporation") (TSXV: GX) is pleased to announce that its joint venture well with Deckland Inc., Deckland Hz 6-16, has had a downhole evaluation and been equipped with a pump. An advanced array of downhole logging tools analyzed the horizontal section of the well. The data, in conjunction with 3-D imagery, identified potential fractures and areas of isolation to maximize oil production. Attempts were made to set a multistage packer assembly in the identified areas but operational issues suspended completing the planned procedure until a future time. The well was then equipped with a downhole pump and flowed for a period of one month. After flowing for a month, the well was shut-in to maximize the time left in its 18 month royalty holiday rate of 5%. At present, operating costs for this well are quite high due to processing, disposal, and trucking fees. Guardian anticipates producing the well again once it has reached an agreement with a nearby operator for water separation and disposal so that profits from the sales revenue can be maximized and used to drill other locations in the area. Plans are also underway to re-enter the wellbore in the near future to permanently set the string of packers, as initially attempted, to minimize water production and increase oil recovery.
Over the one-month production period, the well produced a total of 1,697 barrels of oil, or an average of 57 barrels of oil per day ("bopd"). Net 28 bopd to Guardian. Management was satisfied with this rate given that wells in this area typically peak in production after several months of being on pump and any future isolation of the identified fractures should also have a positive effect on the rate of production.
Cut Bank, Montana
As previously disclosed in the July 15, 2013 news release, Guardian's wholly owned subsidiary, K2 America Corp ("K2"), failed to drill its commitment well with the Blackfeet Tribe by the deadline date of July 10, 2013. As per the terms of the settlement agreement, in which the commitment well was part of K2's wells and leases located on Blackfeet land, have been given to the Blackfeet Tribe. K2 still owns and operates several wells in the Cut Bank area that are located on privately owned fee leases as well as leases in other parts of Montana that have been acquired from the State of Montana.
Guardian is a Calgary-based corporation engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of resource properties in Alberta and the State of Montana. Common shares of the company trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "GX".
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