Compass Bank (the "Trustee") as Trustee of the San Juan Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:SJT) (the "Trust"), today announced the capital project plan for 2012 as delivered to it by Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP ("Burlington"). Capital expenditures for 2012 for properties subject to the Trust’s royalty interest are estimated to be $20.8 million. Of the $20.8 million, approximately $5 million will be attributable to the capital budgets for 2011 and prior years.
The principal asset of the Trust is a 75% net overriding royalty interest carved out of certain oil and gas leasehold and royalty interests in properties now owned by Burlington (the “Underlying Properties”) located in the San Juan Basin and more particularly in San Juan, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties of northwestern New Mexico. Burlington is the operator of the majority of the Underlying Properties.
Burlington’s announced 2012 plan for the Underlying Properties includes 383 projects. Approximately $12.4 million of the $20.8 million budget is allocable to 21 new wells, including 9 wells scheduled to be dually completed in the Mesaverde and Dakota formations and 12 wells that are planned to be completed in all three of the Mesaverde, Mancos Shale and Dakota formations. Approximately $3.4 million will be spent on recompletions and miscellaneous facilities projects. Of the $5 million attributable to the budgets for prior years, approximately $3 million is allocable to 20 new wells and the $2 million balance will be applied to miscellaneous capital projects such as workovers and operated facility projects. Burlington mentioned that it will continue its program of horizontal drilling in 2012 with three to four horizontal wells projected. Burlington reports that based on its actual capital requirements, the pace of regulatory approvals, the mix of projects and swings in the price of natural gas, the actual capital expenditures for 2012 could range from $5 million to $35 million.