HOUSTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mainland Resources, Inc. (the "Company" or "Mainland") (OTC Bulletin Board: MNLU, Frankfurt: 5MN) is pleased to announce the following update on progress of the Burkley-Phillips No. 1 well on the Buena Vista Prospect in Mississippi:
To date, twelve (12) miles of road and drill site location have sufficiently dried after late and abnormal rains and flooding in the area from the runoff of the nearby Mississippi River. The location contractor (Boots Smith) has started work by adding gravel, where necessary, over the road to the well location. A bulldozer was also moved in on June 23, 2010 in final preparation of the well pad site.
Rapad Drilling (Jackson, Mississippi) is prepared to move in their Rig # 34, and Mainland intends to spud the well as soon as the work on the location and road is complete. The current anticipated spud date is between July 7 and July 15, 2010.
The Company's working interest in the Burkley-Phillips No. 1 well is 72%. Mainland will fund 90% of the well costs to earn its 72% interest in the well. Guggenheim Energy Opportunities Fund will fund 10% of the well costs in order to earn an 8% working interest in the well.
Upon successful completion of Mainland's previously announced proposed merger with American Exploration Corp, Mainland will have a 92% working interest in the well, while Guggenheim will have an 8% working interest in the well.
The estimated dry hole cost is $8.65 million. These funds have been escrowed by Mainland and Guggenheim. The total estimated cost to complete the well is $4.9 million for a total drilled and completed well cost of $13.55 million.
Mainland currently holds interests in excess of 17,500 acres in the Buena Vista Prospect and intends to acquire additional acreage. In the event the Burkley-Phillips No. 1 well is successful, there is potential for more than 220 net drilling locations using 80 acre spacing per well covering the 17,500 acres.
Mainland was able to obtain the drill cuttings from a well drilled by Chevron in 1981, which Mainland is offsetting with the Burkley-Phillips No. 1 well.
About Mainland Resources, Inc.
Mainland Resources is a company engaged in the exploration and development of oil and gas resources. The Company's current initiatives are focused on the acquisition and development of leases in emerging gas regions with the potential for discoveries including the Haynesville shale.
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The Company and American Exploration Corporation intend to file certain materials with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed merger transaction between the parties announced on March 23, 2010, including the filing by the Company with the SEC of a Registration Statement on Form S-4, which will include a preliminary prospectus and related materials to register the securities of the Company to be issued in exchange for securities of American Exploration. The Registration Statement will incorporate a joint proxy statement/ prospectus that the Company and American Exploration plan to file with the SEC and mail to their respective stockholders in connection with obtaining stockholder approval of the proposed merger. The Registration Statement and the proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about the Company, American Exploration, the merger and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Registration Statement and the proxy statement/prospectus carefully when they are available. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the proxy statement/prospectus when they become available, and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company and American Exploration, through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. The Company's security holders will also receive information at an appropriate time on how to obtain these documents free of charge from the Company. In any event, documents filed by the Company with the SEC may be obtained free of charge by contacting the Company at: Mainland Resources, Inc.; Attention: Mr. William Thomas, CFO; 21 Waterway Avenue, Suite 300, The Woodlands, Texas 77380; Facsimile: (713) 583-1162.
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