DENVER, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Resolute Energy Corporation ("Resolute") (NYSE: REN) today announced that it has acquired, and is operator of, 18,400 gross acres (7,900 net acres) in the oil-prone Wolfbone play in the Delaware Basin of West Texas. The acreage is located in Reeves County, Texas, on the western side of the Permian Basin.
Resolute has drilled its first well in the acquired leasehold to a total depth of 12,250 feet. The Company expects to undertake a multi-stage frac during the third quarter, and expects to spud its second well in early July. Resolute has permitted three additional locations and plans to add a second rig to the drilling program, also in the third quarter.
Nicholas J. Sutton, Resolute's Chairman and CEO, said: "The oil-prone Wolfbone play is an exciting new opportunity for Resolute. As we have discussed in the past, Resolute has planned to further diversify its operations. The Permian Basin generally and the Wolfbone in particular satisfies our requirements for a new area. The Wolfbone is primarily a liquids play, which is an important consideration in our acquisition strategy.
"Our entry into the Permian Basin enhances Resolute's growth potential, provides an attractive complement to our existing asset portfolio and lessens our reliance on any one operating area. We have been able to obtain permits for our initial wells, and have secured rigs and other services and supplies to support our drilling program in the play. This project provides several years of visible growth, with more than 100 gross potential drill sites on 160-acre spacing. The properties are mostly contiguous, creating opportunities to generate operational efficiencies and cost advantages from an ongoing drilling program, in addition to the potential for future bolt-on acquisitions.
"The first of eleven wells planned to be drilled in 2011 has reached total depth and is expected to be completed early in the third quarter. We anticipate that drilling in this well-established, multi-stacked pay oil province will have the potential to add meaningful per-share value."
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About Resolute Energy Corporation
Resolute is an independent oil and gas company focused on the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and development of oil and gas properties, with a particular emphasis on liquids-focused, long-lived onshore U.S. opportunities. Resolute's producing properties are located in the Paradox Basin in Utah, the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, the Bakken trend of North Dakota and in Oklahoma. The Company also owns exploration properties in the Delaware Basin of Texas and the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.
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