Gulfport Energy Weathers Hurricane Gustav Escaping Major Damageadmin
Gulfport Energy Corporation reports that after inspection of its West Cote Blanche Bay facilities by Company operations personnel, the facilities appear to be intact with no structural or other major damage from Hurricane Gustav. The field is ready to begin startup operations; however, the exact timing of the restart of production will be determined primarily by the availability of necessary third party services. Initial production from the Hackberry fields was restored late Tuesday, September 2, 2008. Drilling and completion rigs have been directed to return to the WCBB field to continue with Gulfport’s previously announced drilling program, and the completion rig will return to the Hackberry fields.
From August 1 through 29, 2008, total Company production was 5,669 net barrels of oil equivalent per day (“BOEPD”). Of that amount, the combined average net production from both the WCBB and Hackberry fields was approximately 4,939 BOEPD.
Grizzly Announces New Senior Management
Grizzly Oil Sands ULC (“Grizzly”), recently announced the appointment of John V. Pearce to the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Grizzly, Mr. Pearce served as Director of Business Development, Thermal Heavy Oil, for Devon Canada. Mr. Pearce managed Devon’s portfolio of thermal heavy oil leases and was responsible for lease selection, preliminary design, permitting, project management and operations engineering functions for the 35,000 bpd Jackfish project, currently in operation, as well as for the Jackfish 2 project, which is in the final stages of regulatory approval.
Mr. Pearce is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta. Mr. Pearce began his career with Esso Resources Canada, where he spent most of his time with Esso’s thermal operations at Cold Lake. Prior to his employment with Devon, Mr. Pearce served as President of Premier Environmental Management, where he was responsible for the creation of detailed and conceptual designs for thermal and primary heavy oil projects in Alberta, Italy, and Oman, among other assignments.
Gulfport owns a 24.9999% interest in Grizzly.
Gulfport Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City based independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with its principal producing properties located along the Louisiana Gulf Coast and the Permian Basin in West Texas. Gulfport also holds a sizeable acreage position in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada through its interest in Grizzly. In addition, Gulfport is participating in numerous wells in the Bakken play in the Williston Basin in North Dakota.