CORNER BROOK Black Spruce Exploration plans to commence its 2014 exploration drilling campaign in western Newfoundland with a series of conventional wells within Production Lease 2002-01 (A) in the Garden Hill area near Cape St. George on the Port au Port Peninsula.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the intention is to start operations in either the first or second quarter of 2014. The drilling rig that will be used in the operation is expected to arrive in western Newfoundland between the end of this year and the start of 2014.
In a press release, president and CEO David Murray said the first conventional well at Garden Hill will be drilled close to an existing producing well that has produced over 15,500 barrels of oil to date.
He added the company also plans to drill additional conventional wells within PL 2002-01 (A) to further delineate the extent of the reservoir and to establish a production base.
“Contrary to what some have been saying in public and the media, Black Spruce is drilling for oil, not shale gas and we are not using hydraulic fracturing at this point in time,” said Murray. “As a company, we always meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. We have the responsibility to thoroughly plan and execute our drilling programs in a manner that is safe for our people, the public and ensures the protection of the environment in which we operate.”
In the short term, the release said the company is focused on only its conventional wells at Garden Hill, as well as its offshore conventional exploration prospects. It also plans to extend the exploration work already performed in the Deer Lake Basin.