HOUSTON, Jan. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE Amex:LEI), an independent oil and gas company, has entered into a letter of intent which provides it rights to buy up to a 77.5% interest in and operatorship of the Hospah field from a private company for an aggregate of $20.5 million. Lucas funded the purchase of an undivided 7.56% interest in the property for $2 million, and plans to purchase the balance of the interests, subject to funding.
"Strategically, this acquisition fits our business model of reworking old fields and plays to our core strengths," commented William A. Sawyer, president and CEO of Lucas Energy. "It also diversifies our asset base out of Texas."
The acquisition covers six shallow producing units and more than 100 existing well bores drilled to the Hospah oil and Dakota gas formations in McKinley County, New Mexico. Production averaged approximately 100 barrels per day of light sweet crude during 2010. Management believes that daily production can be increased to 500 barrels of oil and 2 million cubic feet of gas in the first year at a capital cost under $9 million. The development plan includes deepening certain wells and using them to re-inject formation water into non-producing zones, putting existing wells back on production, and by removing carbon dioxide from the natural gas to bring it up to pipeline quality.
Remaining items to close the balance of the acquisition include the completion of due diligence, title opinions, additional financing, and board approvals. The acquisition and development plans are expected to be financed through joint venture partners or a structured investment at the asset level.
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