HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Contango Oil & Gas Company (NYSE MKT:MCF) ("Contango") announced today an update on its Pecos County, Texas operations, including results on the Gunner #2H, its fourth well drilled on its Southern Delaware Basin acreage.       


The Gunner #2H well (50%WI, 37.5%NRI) was drilled to a TMD of 20,430 feet, including a 10,600 foot lateral into the Lower Wolfcamp A.  The well was completed with 50 stages of fracture stimulation in June, with initial flowback commencing in early August.  The well reached a gross maximum 3-stream 24-hour IP rate of 1,348 Boed (77% oil), and the last 30 days have averaged 1,152 Boed (76% oil), which represents our best performance to date.  

We have now tested multiple landing points within the Wolfcamp A bench and believe we have proven at least two benches for development within the Wolfcamp A across our acreage position. The Rude Ram and Gunner landing points are spaced with approximately 130' of vertical separation from an Upper Wolfcamp A and a lower Wolfcamp A landing, respectively. Each well we have drilled has shown progressively better production performance than the previous due to enhancements to completion and flowback techniques. Our last two wells, the Rude Ram, which has produced 100 Mboe in 4 months and the Gunner, have been our best wells to date.  We will continue to evaluate and enhance our leasehold with future drilling into the Bone Springs and the Wolfcamp B zone. We remain very optimistic about these future benches in light of recent activity around our position.


The Crusader #1H well (40%WI, 30.3%NRI) was spud in June 2017 targeting the Lower Wolfcamp A. The well was drilled to a TMD of 20,275, including a 10,184 lateral. Completion operations with 50 stages of fracture stimulation are expected to commence in early January, as it and the Fighting Ace #3H will be zipper-fraced from the same pad. 

Fighting Ace

The Fighting Ace #1H well (50%WI) was spud in June 2017 targeting the Upper Wolfcamp A.  The well was drilled on the same pad as the Crusader #1H, approximately 40 feet away. While drilling the lateral at a measured depth of approximately 14,416 feet, we encountered mechanical difficulties and temporarily abandoned the well; but we expect this well bore on the Crusader pad could have future utility for a possible shallower Bone Springs test. Upon completion of the drilling of the Ragin Bull well, our current plans are to move the rig to the Fighting Ace #3H location targeting the Wolfcamp.    

Ragin Bull

The Ragin Bull #1H (47.3%WI), about two miles to the northwest of the Fighting Ace location, was spud on September 12 th and will target the Wolfcamp formation to satisfy lease considerations. This well will also include an approximate 10,000 foot lateral with 50 stages of fracture stimulation.  Completion operations on the Ragin Bull are expected to commence upon the completion of drilling operations in mid-November.

Hurricane Harvey Impact on Production

As a result of the extreme weather and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, certain of our wells were temporarily shut-in for precautionary reasons, due to limited access or because of shut-ins by our purchasers due to the shutdown of refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. All production has resumed at normal levels and the effect on our third quarter production is estimated at approximately 1.3 Mmcfe per day for the quarter.   

Contango Oil & Gas Company is a Houston, Texas based, independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, exploitation and production of crude oil and natural gas offshore in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico and in the onshore Texas and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Additional information is available on the Company's website at http://contango.com.

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Contact: Contango Oil & Gas Company E. Joseph Grady - 713-236-7400                   Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sergio Castro - 713-236-7400 Vice President and Treasurer

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