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Calgary-based Blackbird Energy said Thursday its first two operated horizontal Montney wells in Alberta successfully encountered “significant” condensate and liquids-rich gas discoveries.

Wells 06-26 and 05-26 were drilled into the Middle Montney and Upper Montney intervals at Blackbird’s 69 section land block at the Elmworth project in Alberta.

Well 06-26 targeted the Middle Montney interval and was drilled to a total measured depth of 15,531 feet, including a horizontal lateral of 6,732 feet.

The well was tested for 72 hours with a significantly restricted 15/64 inch bottom hole choke due to infrastructure constraints.

Over the final 48 hour test period the well was flowing at a rate of 407 barrels of oil equivalent per day with 44 percent liquids including 1.36 thousand cubic feet per day of natural gas, 133 barrels per day of 50 degree API condensate and about 47 bpd of plant recoverable natural gas liquids.

Well 06-26 test flowed for a total liquids to gas ratio of 133 bbls/mmcf.

Well 05-26 targeted the Upper Montney interval and was drilled to a total measured depth of 15,160 feet including a horizontal lateral of 20,997 feet.

Over the final 48 hours of the 64 hour test the well flowed at a rate of 466 boe/d with 67 percent liquids including 0.9 mmcf/d of natural gas, 281 bpd of 46 degree API condensate and about 32 bpd of plant recoverable natural gas liquids.

Well 05-26 test flowed a total liquids to gas ratio of 341 bbls/mmcf.

Both wells will be shut-in to gather more pressure data.

Further testing is planned following the spring break-up to help evaluate the potential of both wells.

“We are optimistic that further testing following break-up will allow for a more fulsome clean-up of the load fluid, and will ultimately demonstrate an increased presence of both condensate and liquids-rich gas, particularly given the over-pressured nature of the Middle and Upper Montney reservoirs discovered at our Elmworth project,” Blackbird chief Garth Braun said.

Blackbird holds a 100 percent operating interest in both wells and its lands at Elmworth.