Abraxas Provides Operational Update and Issues 2011 Production Guidance

SAN ANTONIO--()--Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: AXAS) today provided an operational update and issued production guidance for 2011.

Rocky Mountain – North Dakota / Montana

  • In McKenzie County, North Dakota, Abraxas drilled the Stenehjem 27-34 1H to a total measured depth of 16,504 feet, including a 5,965 foot lateral in the middle Bakken formation, and completed the well with a 17-stage fracture stimulation. The well was placed on production in late June and in 44 days the well has produced (on a restricted choke) 20,000 barrels of oil, 32.2 MMcf of wellhead gas which yields 2,700 barrels of natural gas liquids and 23.3 MMcf of residue gas for a total of 26,500 barrels of oil equivalent, or an average of 600 barrels of oil equivalent per day. For the past three days, the well averaged 615 barrels of oil equivalent per day on a 21/64-inch choke with 750 psi of flowing pressure. Abraxas owns a 79% working interest in this well.
  • In various counties in North Dakota and Montana, fourteen non-operated horizontal wells, targeting the Bakken or Three Forks formation, in which Abraxas owns a working interest are currently in progress or recently placed on-line. Seven gross (0.35 net) wells went on production in June or July, three gross (0.08 net) wells have been fracture stimulated and are currently cleaning up, one gross (0.36 net) well is waiting on completion, one gross (0.01 net) well is currently drilling and two gross (0.05 net) wells are waiting on a drilling rig. Since January 2010, Abraxas has elected to participate in 19 gross (1.00 net) non-operated wells in the Bakken / Three Forks play.
  • In McKenzie County, North Dakota, two gross (0.11 net) non-operated horizontal wells targeting the Mission Canyon have been drilled, completed and are currently waiting on production facilities. Early production testing of these wells has yielded flow rates in excess of 1,000 barrels of oil per day each.
  • In early July, Abraxas announced the purchase of a drilling rig that is in the process of being refurbished. After completion, the rig will be mobilized to McKenzie County, North Dakota and it is anticipated that the rig will begin drilling on the first pad site in October.

Rocky Mountain - Wyoming

  • In Campbell and Niobrara Counties, Wyoming, a two well oil development program is scheduled to begin this fall. One of these horizontal wells will target the Niobrara formation and one will target the Turner formation. Abraxas owns a 100% working interest in each of these wells.

South Texas – Eagle Ford

  • Abraxas currently owns a 41% equity interest in Blue Eagle, a joint venture between Abraxas and Rock Oil Company, LLC. On June 29, 2011, Rock Oil contributed an additional $11 million to the joint venture and Blue Eagle purchased approximately 2,487 net acres in McMullen County, Texas in the oil window of the play.
  • In DeWitt County, Texas, Blue Eagle’s first well, the T-Bird 1H, continues to outperform expectations and is currently producing 930 barrels of oil equivalent per day, which is comprised of 185 barrels of condensate, 300 barrels of natural gas liquids and 2.7 MMcf of residue gas. The well has produced approximately 230,000 barrels of oil equivalent during its first 180 days on production. Blue Eagle owns a 100% working interest in this well.
  • In DeWitt County, Texas, Blue Eagle participated in a non-operated horizontal well with its 43.9% working interest. The Matejek Gas Unit 1 was drilled to a total measured depth of 17,865 feet, including a 3,600 foot lateral, and completed with a 14-stage fracture stimulation. The well is currently shut-in waiting on pipeline hookup which is expected to be completed later this month.
  • In Atascosa County, Texas, the Grass Farms 1H is currently drilling the lateral at a total measured depth of 13,150 feet towards a total measured depth of 13,380 feet, including a 6,000 foot lateral. A fracture stimulation date has been secured for this well in September, a month later than originally anticipated. Blue Eagle owns a 100% working interest in this well.

West Texas

  • In Nolan County, Texas, the Spires 126 2H was drilled to a total measured depth of 9,000 feet, including a 2,000 foot lateral, and completed open hole and un-stimulated. The well was recently placed on-line and during the first 20 days of production, the well averaged 125 barrels of oil equivalent per day, which was comprised of 47 barrels of oil, 46 barrels of natural gas liquids and 210 Mcf of residue gas. Abraxas owns a 100% working interest in this well.
  • In Coke County, Texas, the Sadie #2A was drilled to a total vertical depth of 6,425 feet and is waiting on completion and the Sadie #1B is currently drilling below 4,600 feet towards a total vertical depth of 6,500 feet. These two delineation wells are targeting the Canyon Sands. Abraxas owns a 100% working interest in these wells.
  • In Reeves County, Texas, Abraxas previously announced that it acquired an additional 640 net acres, for a total of approximately 3,000 net acres, in the emerging Wolfbone play. Two wells directly adjacent to our acreage are currently being drilled by the industry.

Canada - Pekisko

  • In Alberta, Canada, the Twining 6-11 was drilled to a total measured depth of 8,900 feet, including a 3,025 foot lateral, and is waiting on completion and the Twining 6-12 recently reached total measured depth of 9,150 feet, including a 3,380 foot lateral. These two wells are targeting the Pekisko formation. Canadian Abraxas owns a 100% working interest in each of these wells.

Guidance

For July, Abraxas produced approximately 4,160 barrels of oil equivalent per day up from an average of 3,845 barrels of oil equivalent per day for the second quarter. Abraxas expects production for 2011 to average 4,000 – 4,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day, including its equity interest share of Blue Eagle’s production, which would generate an exit rate for 2011 between 4,700 and 4,900 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Comments

“We’ve been busy! It is a refreshing change to get back to a very active drilling program. So far, we are quite pleased with the results of our operated (and non-operated) wells and we hope to continue this success throughout the year. The purchase of the drilling rig will enable us to be quite active in the Williston Basin on an operated basis and in an efficient manner for years to come,” commented Bob Watson, Abraxas’ President and CEO.

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation is a San Antonio based crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations across the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent, Permian Basin and Gulf Coast regions of the United States and in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements: Statements in this release looking forward in time involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Abraxas’ actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested in this release. Such factors may include, but may not be necessarily limited to, changes in the prices received by Abraxas for natural gas and crude oil. In addition, Abraxas’ future natural gas and crude oil production is highly dependent upon Abraxas’ level of success in acquiring or finding additional reserves. Further, Abraxas operates in an industry sector where the value of securities is highly volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond Abraxas’ control. In the context of forward-looking information provided for in this release, reference is made to the discussion of risk factors detailed in Abraxas’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission during the past 12 months.

Contacts

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation
Barbara M. Stuckey, 210-490-4788
Vice President - Corporate Finance
bstuckey@abraxaspetroleum.com
www.abraxaspetroleum.com

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Contacts

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation
Barbara M. Stuckey, 210-490-4788
Vice President - Corporate Finance
bstuckey@abraxaspetroleum.com
www.abraxaspetroleum.com