Dejour Energy, the domestic oil and gas developer focused on their sizeable holdings in the Rocky Mountains (some 130k net acres across multiple projects in the Piceance, Uinta, and Paradox Basins of Utah and Colorado), as well as their acreage up in the Alberta/BC region (11k net acres in the Peace River Arch projects), reported today that the company has entered into an agreement valued at $6.5M with a private, Denver-based drilling fund to help complete the first well, in addition to the drilling/completion of three more wells by early 2013, at their 2.2k-acre Kokopelli field development project in northwestern Colorado.
A solid deal really as DEJ will be contributing its own interest in Federal Well 6-7-16-21 (drilled back in Nov) and the fund will be kicking in the aforementioned capital to complete the program, with a new completion schedule coming down the pike soon that will integrate extant well completion into the program expansion. This will leave DEJ with retained interest in a large multi-well package, as well as a $0.20 per MCF of production infrastructure usage payment, in addition to a 25% reversionary interest as soon as the fund has recouped 125% of its capital outlay via sales from production.
Similarly good for the company, there is an option in the deal for DEJ to obtain a repeat investment with the fund under even better conditions. Sitting on a 72% working interest at the end of all that, across the entire 2.2k acres, including deep rights and being free of debt, that is quite an achievement for DEJ management and the deal places shareholders in an extremely favorable position. This development deal will be huge for the Kokopelli project and the option to run another deal with the fund under improved terms in the future gives the company a lot of room to work with.
COO of DEJ, Hal Blacker, was quick to point out how this deal will allow the company to jump start development of the massive potential at Kokopelli, which could run as many as 220 wells, all without a single dollar of cash more from DEJ's hands. Blacker posited a high-energy 2013 in this liquids-rich gas field despite flagging NGL/gas prices and emphasized how this strategy marvelously de-risks the company's position without sacrificing future growth potential and revenue.
A zero-debt kick off at Kokopelli will allow Dejour to really showcase the potential project value, while also shielding the company from "short-term price softness" as Blacker put it and DEJ will still be in a prime position to capitalize as commodity prices rise. There is indeed abundant potential here, with superb Williams Fork and deeper Mancos targets afforded by an ideal structural position. There is even new high-volume pipeline infrastructure that came online in late 2012 to support the 220 well potential. The field is sandwiched between the prolific Williams acreage and the acreage of major player Barrett Resource (equally prolific). Management is extremely confident that the DEJ acreage represents a clear extension of the William's Kokopelli field.
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