HOUSTON, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rosehill Resources Inc. (“Rosehill” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:ROSE) (NASDAQ:ROSEW) (NASDAQ:ROSEU) provided an operational update focused on production levels and the preliminary 2018 development plan of the White Wolf acquisition acreage.
Highlights and Recent Key Items:
- Strong new well performance in Loving County has increased current production average for first week of March to a record high of 13,000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day “BOEPD” (72% oil) with significant increase expected by the end of March;
- White Wolf acreage acquisition agreement expired with no additional acres acquired in 2018;
- Development in White Wolf currently underway with surveying, staking and permitting activities, with plan to begin drilling four wells in early second quarter; and
- Oil and gas marketing contracts currently being negotiated for White Wolf production.
J.A. (Alan) Townsend, Rosehill’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continue to deliver strong production growth, achieving a new all-time high production rate this month. We are very pleased with this substantial growth and will continue to execute efficiently and continuously look for opportunities to keep improving our operations. We expect significant growth in Adjusted EBITDAX with our increase in production coupled with stronger oil prices.
We have begun the process of developing our White Wolf acreage through surveying, staking and permitting activities. We plan to perform extensive scientific analysis on the first four new wells and will core Wolfcamp A, Wolfcamp B and Bone Spring intervals. We are also acquiring a new 3D seismic survey that will provide important stratigraphic and structural data for our drilling program. It is our plan to gather and analyze sufficient data to aid in the optimization of well spacing, well orientation, landing zones, along with drilling and completion techniques. With our strong production results in Loving county and White Wolf development ramping up, we are growing our Company significantly which should deliver strong financial returns to our shareholders.”
In late December, the Company’s net daily production exceeded 10,000 net BOE. Due to severe cold weather, simultaneous operations downtime from Rosehill and offset operator activities, production in January was limited to under 9,000 net BOEPD. As new wells continued to clean up from initial flowback and downtime decreased, the average Company production in February improved to almost 11,000 net BOEPD. The first week of March has seen a continued ramp up of production, with total Company production averaging approximately 13,000 net BOEPD (72% oil). The Company has six wells completed with initial flowback and clean up planned over the next few weeks and expects March’s exit production rate to be up significantly from current levels. Rosehill continues to demonstrate and expect strong production growth in 2018 and beyond and currently has two rigs drilling and one dedicated frac crew.
White Wolf Acquisition Update
On March 8, 2018 the 90-day period for acquiring additional acreage under the White Wolf purchase agreement expired. Rosehill did not acquire any additional acreage in the White Wolf area in 2018 and its total acreage position in this area stands at 6,505 net acres (11,150 total net acres in both of our core areas in the Delaware Basin).
The Company is surveying, staking and permitting the first four White Wolf well locations with the first well expected to spud in April, with early well results expected this summer. The Company plans to obtain cores and perform extensive data gathering and scientific analysis on the first four wells to best determine the optimal development of the new White Wolf acreage. Initial drilling at White Wolf will provide a technical framework for full-scale development and will also help anchor the new 3D seismic survey expected to be acquired in the second quarter of 2018. All four initial wells will target the Wolfcamp B, which has proven to be a very prolific reservoir in the White Wolf area.
The Company has been planning and building out the infrastructure as well as negotiating and securing marketing contracts for future production in the White Wolf area. Rosehill has secured a gas market for its production and is analyzing various oil marketing options. Rosehill expects to drill 16 to 22 new wells in the White Wolf area in 2018 and expects to complete 12 to 16 of those wells. While most of these wells will have lateral lengths of approximately 5,000 feet, the Company is projecting four to eight extended lateral wells greater than 7,000 feet in 2018.
About Rosehill Resources Inc.
Rosehill Resources Inc. is an oil and gas exploration company with producing assets in Texas and New Mexico with its investment activity focused in the Delaware Basin portion of the Permian Basin. The Company’s strategy for growth includes the organic development of its two core acreage areas in the Northern Delaware Basin and the Southern Delaware Basin, as well as focused acquisitions in the Delaware Basin.
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