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Monday, July 4, 2011

Red Fork Energy Limited (ASX: RFE) News; Five Well Horizontal Mississippian Drilling Program Commences

  • Seismic interpretation complete and locations selected for first horizontal wells
  • Construction of locations and supporting infrastructure underway
  • Drilling contractor secured and preparations to move a rig on location have commenced
  • Continuous operations (drilling, completion and testing) to be maintained through to the end of calendar 2011
July 4, 2011 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Oklahoma based (Australian Securities Exchange listed) oil and gas exploration and production company Red Fork Energy Limited ("Red Fork" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the commencement of operations on its initial drilling program in the exciting horizontal Mississippian oil and liquids rich gas play in Oklahoma.
Final interpretation of seismic data covering the Company’s Pawnee County initial development area has now been completed and locations for the first two horizontal wells in this area have been selected.
The Company is now building locations and finalizing the design of key supporting completion, production and sales infrastructure. One of Red Fork’s preferred drilling contractors has been secured to complete the Company’s 2011 (five horizontal well) drilling program and preparations are underway to move a rig on location in Pawnee County to drill the first two wells in this development area. Importantly, this contractor has also committed to service the Company’s 2012 drilling program when this is finalized.
Red Fork holds a majority interest in these first two wells and will be the operator.
As previously announced, the Company has also secured scheduled slots with its preferred service company for completion operations on the first five horizontal wells and Red Fork intends to maintain continuous operations (drilling, completion and testing) through to the end of this calendar year.
Further updates will be provided at key stages of operations in the coming weeks.
Commenting on this announcement, Red Fork Managing Director, David Prentice, said, "We are very pleased to have commenced this initial five well drilling program in the Pawnee County area of our very strong acreage position in what is considered to be one of the premier oil and liquids rich gas plays on-shore in the United States.
We have already achieved and exceeded our initial acreage target (and leasing is ongoing) and we are now set to drill and test five horizontal wells in this play by the end of this year.
This is an exciting time for Red Fork and we look forward to providing regular updates to the market as we continue operations through the second half of the year".
Yours faithfully
David Prentice
Managing Director
Forward Looking Statements
This announcement contains "forward-looking statements". Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation: estimates of future earnings, the sensitivity of earnings to oil & gas prices and foreign exchange rate movements; estimates of future oil & gas production and sales; estimates of future cash flows, the sensitivity of cash flows to oil & gas prices and foreign exchange rate movements; statements regarding future debt repayments; estimates of future capital expenditures; estimates of reserves and statements regarding future exploration results and the replacement of reserves; and where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, forward looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to oil and gas price volatility, currency fluctuations, increased production costs and variances in reserves or recovery rates from those assumed in the company’s plans, as well as political and operational risks in the countries and states in which we operate or sell product to, and governmental regulation and judicial outcomes. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Company’s Annual Reports, as well as the Company’s other filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to any "forward looking statement" to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.
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