Rodman & Renshaw, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RODM - News), acted as advisor and exclusive placement agent to Emerald Oil & Gas NL (ASX: EMR, EMRO) who announced today the execution of a Purchase Agreement with North Plains Energy LLC, to acquire approximately 10,500 net lease acres, including a 7.5% WI in a producing Middle Bakken oil well located on the acreage. The assets, located in highly prolific Williston Basin in Dunn County, North Dakota, USA, were purchased by Emerald’s USA subsidiary Emerald Oil & Gas USA Inc, from North Plains Energy LLC for $US11.85 million, fully funded by a secured debt facility from a private US investor at the USA subsidiary level.
The transaction provides Emerald with immediate access to a producing oil well, and a large acreage holding in highly prospective lease areas adjacent to and including proven shale oil production.
The lease acreage is spread over three areas in Dunn Co, North Dakota - Central, South Central and Southwest. All of these areas are prospective for oil in both Middle Bakken and Three Forks formations. Public well permitting information shows the dominant operators near these three areas to be expanding their drilling activity from nearby proved, producing areas toward our newly acquired leases. The Central and Southwest areas are immediately adjacent to proved Middle Bakken and Three Forks fields with immediately offsetting producing wells. Acreage in and adjacent to proved producing areas in the Williston Basin Bakken/Three Forks play routinely trades at several thousand dollars per acre.
Some of Emerald's Central Dunn area acreage is already within the proved producing area, with Emerald holding a 7.48% WI in a producing oil well which demonstrated 30 day initial production rate (IP) of 640 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from the Middle Bakken in early 2011 and is currently producing more than 300 bopd (23 + bopd net to EMR). The operator recently permitted a second oil development well in the DSU, which the Company expects will be drilled in Q2/3 2012.Emerald's total lease holding comprises approximately 10,500 net acres, in 45 drilling spacing units (DSUs) of 1280 acres, with Emerald's working interests in individual DSUs varying between 1.5% and 75% for a total of 8 net DSUs. Each 1280 ac DSU can potentially be drilled out with up to 4 middle Bakken wells and 3 Three Forks wells per DSU, for a total of 7 development wells per DSU.