As a result, Aztec had fused over 3,750 feet of eight-inch pipe and has cleared the right of way in preparation for tie-in to Heartland’s main 12-inch pipeline.

This pipeline is being completed in order to connect 12 additional wells in Heartland’s Jake pilot location. Aztec will also perforate and fracture the wells and drill an injection well to dewater the producing wells. The new eight-inch pipeline will total 4.5 miles and will connect Jake to Heartland’s Lancaster gas processing plant. This will add another 12 wells to the 26 wells that are already connected. Once the pipeline extension is completed, Aztec will continue drilling wells adjacent to the right of way, according to Heartland Oil and Gas.

Kamal Abdallah, chairman and CEO of Heartland, said: The Aztec field personnel in Kansas have enthusiastically accepted responsibility to complete this expansion program. We have purchased the additional equipment necessary to accelerate the program, completed the required permits for road crossings and directed our land staff in Kansas to pursue further leases along the right of way.