Dejour Closes $20MM Kokopelli Joint Venture
Drilling to Commence in Q3 2014 / Company Retires $3.5MM Debt
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dejour Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT:DEJ / TSX:DEJ), an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company operating in North America's Piceance Basin and Peace River Arch regions, today announced the Company formed a joint venture with a private U.S. based E&P company (the Partner) to develop its core Kokopelli leasehold in the Piceance Basin region of Colorado. The joint venture will initially focus on developing production from the liquids-rich Williams Fork formation on Dejour’s southern leasehold with the expectation of drilling a minimum of 8 wells to at least the base of the Williams Fork gas/liquids bearing zone and obtaining an approved Surface Utility Agreement, currently being developed in consultation with the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Parks & Wildlife, for the 1,520-acre north lease.
Dejour received ~US$3.75MM at closing and is carried for 25% for US$16MM in drilling, completion and permitting expenditures beginning in August 2014. It is anticipated this funding will carry Dejour through a minimum of eight new wells and extensive facility development on Kokopelli’s southern leasehold where four natural gas wells drilled in 2013 are currently in production. The Company retains a 25% working interest in the ongoing Kokopelli joint venture and will transfer operatorship of the Kokopelli project to the private US JV Partner resulting in a 70% G&A expense reduction in Dejour USA.
“We are pleased that Dejour has closed the joint venture to fund this important development phase of our flagship Kokopelli project and fully retire the C$3.5MM debt associated with the US property, while reducing overhead costs in the US operation. With over 200 drillable locations, 42 drill permits, significant Mancos upside, a well-funded partner, established infrastructure and a strong gas/ liquids contracts in place, we anticipate this Kokopelli joint venture to kick-start a long-term revenue stream for Dejour USA , providing flexibility for continuous bankable project development financing,” states Robert L. Hodgkinson, CEO.
About Dejour Energy Inc.
Dejour Energy Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company operating projects in North America’s Piceance Basin (56,500 net acres) and Peace River Arch regions (17,000 net acres). Dejour maintains offices in Denver, USA, Calgary and Vancouver, Canada. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange Amex (NYSE MKT: DEJ) and Toronto Stock Exchange (DEJ.TO).
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