Dejour Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DEJ / TSX: DEJ) announces that a drill rig has been contracted to drill the first well at its 72% owned Kokopelli project in the Piceance Basin, Colorado and is in the process of moving onto the location. This well is expected to spud during the coming week and will be directionally drilled to the base of the Williams Fork, logged, with casing set during Q3 2012. Successful completion of this well will secure for Dejour the substantial portion of the proven and probable undeveloped reserves, ~200 BCFe including ~12MM barrels of liquids net to Dejour, attributed to the Williams Fork section of this Kokopelli leasehold by independent engineers. Production is expected to be tied into existing gathering systems in Q4 2012.
As previously reported this 2,200 acre project is ideally situated for exploitation of both the Williams Fork and Mancos hydrocarbon laden shale bodies immediately adjacent to Williams Energy (NYSE: WPX) and Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG) who are developing and producing their respective leaseholds to the east, west and north of the Company’s acreage. Dejour USA has worked closely with important constituents including local citizenry and government, the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Division of Wildlife to develop a mutually acceptable development plan for this environmentally sensitive area. Construction of the first drilling pad commenced in the fourth quarter of 2011 with production expected to begin in the second half of 2012. According to National Instrument 51-101 standard in Canada, the reserves evaluation report for Dejour's leases at Kokopelli Field effective December 31, 2011, performed by Gustavson and Associates of Boulder, Colorado, projects the before tax discounted net present value 10% (NPV10) of proved undeveloped (PUD) reserves valued at $94 million and proven plus probable undeveloped (2P) reserves valued at $202 million in the Williams Fork section net to Dejour, while the Mancos is felt to hold a resource of at least comparable value.