As previously announced, the Company has established a preliminary capital expenditure budget for 2017 of $40 million, which will be concentrated in the core of the Haynesville Shale play in North Louisiana. The budget, which will be monitored quarterly, contemplates 12-16 gross (3-4 net) wells for the year, with plans to commence drilling operations on its Wurtsbaugh 26-14-16 1 Alt well by early February.
The Company currently owns approximately 24,000 net acres prospective for the Haynesville Shale, with approximately 16,000 net acres in the core of North Louisiana, where it estimates 235 gross locations with an approximate 41% working interest. The Company also owns approximately 8,000 net acres in the Angelina River Trend of East Texas, where it estimates approximately 123 gross Haynesville Shale locations and 123 gross Bossier Shale locations, with an average working interest of approximately 33%.
In addition, the Company has entered into a natural gas hedge through a costless collar of $3.00 - $3.60 for 12,000 Mcf per day for calendar year 2017.
Certain statements in this news release regarding future expectations and plans for future activities may be regarded as "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. They are subject to various risks, such as financial market conditions, operating hazards, drilling risks, and the inherent uncertainties in interpreting engineering data relating to underground accumulations of oil and gas, as well as other risks discussed in detail in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Initial production rates are subject to decline over time and should not be regarded as reflective of sustained production levels.
Goodrich Petroleum is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with the majority of its properties in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The Company currently trades under the symbol GDPP on the OTCQX Market, with plans to uplift to a national exchange during 2017.
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