Ventana Exploration and Production Expands in Oklahoma

Ventana Exploration and Production II (VEP II) recently received a new round of equity capital from an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group (Starwood), Equity Group Investments (EGI), and the Virginia Tech Foundation. Ventana (VEP II together with its predecessor VEP I), which acquires non-operated oil and gas interests in Oklahoma, has participated in more than 500 wells in the STACK/SCOOP/MERGE to date. Since inception, Ventana has raised more than $150 million of equity capital and currently has over $100 million of dry powder to pursue acquisitions of non-operated working interests and minerals in Oklahoma.

Heather Powell

CEO Heather Powell

“We’re seeing as much or even more opportunity today as we have over the last 18 months,” commented Ventana CEO Heather Powell. “That’s largely due to the momentum and reputation we’ve built in partnering with local leasehold and mineral rights owners. In addition, with operators in the basin focused on capital discipline, they continue to divest their smaller, non-operated land positions. Those are often the types of assets that are core to us.”

Ventana through VEP II is targeting acquisitions in the STACK/SCOOP/MERGE plays of the Eastern Anadarko Basin in Central Oklahoma. These three plays include multiple vertically stacked oil-prone reservoirs such as the Oswego, Springer, Meramec, Osage, Sycamore, and Woodford formations.

Ventana launched its organic acquisition strategy in late-2016, originally targeting a portfolio of 5,000 acres by the end of 2020, but achieved that goal nearly two years ahead of schedule.

“It is a buyer’s market right now and Ventana is in an enviable position with a substantial existing portfolio of diversified interests providing an information advantage, no leverage and significant equity dry powder. At Starwood, we are proud of what the team has accomplished and believe the future is bright,” said Russell Bennett, head of oil & gas at Starwood.

“This is an exceptional operating team with strong local ties,” said Evan Harwood, Managing Director at Equity Group Investments, and a Director of the Ventana board. “Together we have a substantial foothold to pursue attractive long-term investments in the STACK/SCOOP/MERGE.”

About Ventana

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Ventana was formed to pursue the acquisition and development of non-operated long-life producing oil and gas assets in Oklahoma with a specific focus on growth opportunities via new horizontal drilling and completion technology. For more information visit ventanaep.com.

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