News Feed Item

Westbridge and Black Pearl Coordinate on Unconventional Gas Play in Southern Texas

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/26/14 -- Westbridge Energy Corporation (TSX VENTURE:WEB)(PINKSHEETS:WEGYF)(FRANKFURT:PUQ1) ("Westbridge" or the "Company") and Black Pearl Holdings, LLC ("Black Pearl") are pleased to announce the companies will be collaborating on an unconventional wet gas play in southern Texas. This new project is called the Frigate Island Project.

Westbridge and Black Pearl intend to source strategic and financial partners to partake in the leasing, exploration and development of the Frigate Island Project. This project represents one of the latest initiatives of Westbridge and Black Pearl and is indicative of the more than 500 leads and prospects identified as part of the joint venture and planned merger between the companies. Discussions have commenced with multiple potential partners and formal proposals are anticipated in the near term.

Unconventional gas plays are highly attractive to industry participants and Westbridge and Black Pearl believe the Frigate Island Project makes an excellent addition to the current portfolio of assets.

Frigate Island Project

The Frigate Island Project is located in southern Texas and is based upon the recent innovations in horizontal drilling and fracking. The project area is approximately 6,000 to 8,000 acres with the play potentially extending for 150 to 200 miles. The project area has both 2D and 3D seismic data as well as previously drilled vertical wells which penetrated the targeted interval. The wells planned for the project will be drilled to 5,500' vertically and then 2,500' laterally with staged fracking of the lateral reservoir interval. These wells will target the Lower Yegua interval, a well-known producing formation in the Gulf Coast of the United States.

The geologic setting for the Lower Yegua is that of an offshore bar / barrier island. These offshore bars contain sands which were deposited on a stable platform created by a deep-seated shale ridge. Longshore currents reworked these sands over the shale ridge. The reworked section is made up of 1 inch to 2 feet thick lenticular sands interbedded in shale. These sands are known to have excellent reservoir characteristics. The proposed wells will be designed to commingle all these highly laminated sand lenses through horizontal drilling and fracking of the Lower Yegua interval.

There are two unique aspects to this project:

1.  Due to the deep-seated shale ridge, the objective section is over-
    pressured. This will help contribute to higher initial production rates
    and enhanced well recoveries; and 
2.  The objective section is hydrocarbon bearing throughout with no known
    water section (other than shale bound water). 

To the south of the prospective area, lies an analog field. This field is productive from the same Lower Yegua interval that will be targeted by the proposed horizontal wells. This field has produced over 54.6 billion cubic feet of gas and 950 thousand barrels of condensate and is still actively producing.

Corporate Update

Westbridge and Black Pearl are currently producing oil and gas from the Bivens Field in southwest Louisiana. Once the production numbers have fully stabilized, Westbridge and Black Pearl will update the market with the flow rates from the recently completed workovers.

Westbridge and Black Pearl are also making progress towards completing a definitive agreement and the requisite filings to complete the merger of the companies. Formal updates with be forthcoming in this regard.

Management Commentary

Mr. Tosan Omatsola, President and CEO of Westbridge, comments: "Westbridge and Black Pearl believe the Frigate Island Project is an excellent complement to our existing portfolio of conventional oil and gas plays in the United States. Our management team is also highly focused on executing a value creating strategy in the near term, including the completion of the merger with Black Pearl, attracting partners for our various projects and drilling multiple exploration and development wells."

Mr. Michael Looney, President and CEO of Black Pearl, comments: "The Frigate Island Project has multiple unique attributes attractive to industry participants. In coordination with several technical consultants and nearby operators, we have assembled a large amount of technical data and continue to define and design the optimal project plan. We look forward to completing our planned merger with Westbridge and assuming an active role in the combined entity."

Further information on the Frigate Island Project can be found in Westbridge's corporate presentation available at: www.westbridgeweb.com.

On behalf of Westbridge Energy Corporation,

Tosan Omatsola, President and Chief Executive Officer

Darren Collins, Vice President, Business Development

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward looking information" within the meaning of the British Columbia Securities Act, the Alberta Securities Act and the Ontario Securities Act. Generally, the words "expect", "intend", "estimate", "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking information. By their very nature, forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or that of our industry, to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of our forward looking information. Statements in this press release regarding Westbridge's business or proposed business, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking information that involve risks and uncertainties, such as estimates and statements that describe Westbridge's future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that Westbridge or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Since forward-looking statements address events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. All of the Company's Canadian public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's oil and gas properties. The foregoing commentary is based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Transparent Cloud Computing (T-Cloud) Consortium will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium (T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data proces...
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Claude Remillard, Principal Program Manager in Developer Division at Microsoft, will contrast how his team used config as code and immutable patterns for continuous delivery of microservices and apps to the cloud. He will show the immutable patterns helps developers do away with most of the complexity of config as code-enabling scenarios such as rollback, zero downtime upgrades with far greater simplicity. He will also have live demos of building immutable pipe...
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
The Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad manifestations, has great potential. Much of that potential comes from the evolving data management and analytic (DMA) technologies and processes that allow us to gain insight from all of the IoT data that can be generated and gathered. This potential may never be met as those data sets are tied to specific industry verticals and single markets, with no clear way to use IoT data and sensor analytics to fulfill the hype being given the IoT today.
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
So you think you are a DevOps warrior, huh? Put your money (not really, it’s free) where your metrics are and prove it by taking The Ultimate DevOps Geek Quiz Challenge, sponsored by DevOps Summit. Battle through the set of tough questions created by industry thought leaders to earn your bragging rights and win some cool prizes.
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They’re called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some ...
Governments around the world are adopting Safe Harbor privacy provisions to protect customer data from leaving sovereign territories. Increasingly, global companies are required to create new instances of their server clusters in multiple countries to keep abreast of these new Safe Harbor laws. Is it worth it? In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director of Anexia, Inc., will discuss how to keep your data legal and still stay in business.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MathFreeOn will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MathFreeOn is Software as a Service (SaaS) used in Engineering and Math education. Write scripts and solve math problems online. MathFreeOn provides online courses for beginners or amateurs who have difficulties in writing scripts. In accordance with various mathematical topics, there are more tha...
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftNet Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SoftNet Solutions specializes in Enterprise Solutions for Hadoop and Big Data. It offers customers the most open, robust, and value-conscious portfolio of solutions, services, and tools for the shortest route to success with Big Data. The unique differentiator is the ability to architect and ...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.