HOUSTON, Nov. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aztec Oil & Gas, Inc. (Pink Sheets:AZGS) announced its 65th successful well completion in the last 20 months, plus 30 additional wells in this series which are in various stages of drilling. Several years ago Aztec adopted a philosophy to primarily focus on drilling developmental, shallow, vertical oil wells in Texas, which is proving to work very effectively.
In mid-2008, Aztec announced it was purposely de-emphasizing natural gas when natural gas was at an all time high. Since that time, Aztec has primarily focused on shallow, vertical oil wells in Texas, which is where the management team of Aztec has been successful for some 40+ years. Aztec participates in gas wells only when there is a unique circumstance, or when natural gas is a secondary commodity from its oil wells.
"When we have elected to initiate sponsored drilling programs, the Broker Dealer community has truly embraced the simple business model that Aztec introduced in December 2008," stated Waylan Johnson, President of Aztec Oil & Gas. "We have placed Aztec in an advantageous position to add revenue and reserves at an aggressive rate by controlling our cost of drilling and developing strong relationships with partners in areas where they have been successful for many years," further stated Mr. Johnson.
Aztec currently has four drilling rigs running, and expects to add more rigs in the next several weeks.
About Aztec Oil & Gas, Inc.
Aztec is an experienced oil and gas exploration, development and production company focusing on Texas plus other areas of the U.S. Its interests are highly diversified; however for its drilling/production partnerships, Aztec focuses on shallow, Texas, low risk, development wells. When offered, the Aztec programs/partnerships are placed with accredited investors by FINRA registered Broker Dealers and Registered Investment Advisors and are focused primarily on oil, with natural gas normally a secondary target.
Aztec entered the sponsored drilling program industry in 2006. Over the next two and one half years, it intentionally restricted itself to only three small, very limited Appalachian drilling partnerships. It did so in order to become fully familiar with the nuances of the sponsored drilling program industry before expanding its sponsored drilling program activities to the Company's full capabilities. In the summer of 2008, Aztec publicly announced it was discontinuing any sponsored natural gas drilling in Appalachia, and was ready to substantially expand its sponsored drilling program activities for oil and gas, primarily in Texas.
Since December 2008, Aztec has focused most of its drilling on oil wells in Texas. In addition to its initial three small Appalachian drilling partnerships mentioned above, Aztec has, intermittently, sponsored and closed six other drilling/production partnerships (all of the latter focused on drilling in Texas). Aztec Energy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aztec, is the Managing General Partner of all Aztec drilling partnerships and another wholly-owned Aztec subsidiary, Aztec Drilling & Operating, LLC, is the turnkey drilling contractor and operator for such partnerships. Through its own contributions, Aztec owns a 30% interest in all of its drilling/production partnerships. In general clarification of its activities, in addition to direct corporate participations in industry partner wells, Aztec sometimes sponsors low risk, development drilling/production programs/partnerships which include significant tax benefits, all of which are sold through FINRA Registered Broker Dealers and Registered Investment Advisors to Accredited Investors. Aztec's sponsored drilling/production programs focus primarily on shallow oil/gas drilling, are considered unique, and also incorporate a sophisticated exit strategy for investors.
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