U.S. Energy Development Corporation, an exploration and production firm that provides direct investments in energy, has announced an interest in a horizontal well development project in Loving County in West Texas.
The firm’s $8.5 million interest in the Columbia Project, whose total development cost is $24.1 million, will include three horizontal wells in the Permian Basin, U.S. Energy said.
The development targets oil producing zones in the Wolfcamp Shale and is being operated by Shell Oil Co. Drilling and completion operations on the project are finished and initial production is targeted to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
“Our team is always looking for opportunities to provide our investors with high quality projects,” said Jordan Jayson, chairman and CEO of U.S. Energy. “We have historically found great success in the Permian Basin and look forward to further expanding our footprint in the area.”
The Permian Basin is one of the oldest and most widely recognized oil and gas producing regions in North America. It covers approximately 86,000 square miles across New Mexico and Texas. The Permian is divided into three main sub-basins: Midland Basin, Central Basin, and Delaware Basin.
In 2019, U.S. Energy acquired a large operated position in neighboring Ward County, Texas, and is currently developing three horizontal Wolfcamp wells with plans to deploy $40 million in the project by year-end.
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