Completion operations were also undertaken on Crew's first water disposal well at Septimus which came into service early in the second quarter. This well is expected to eliminate approximately $1.1 million in annual trucking and third party disposal charges. Installation of the fourth compressor at the Crew operated Septimus gas plant is on track for start-up in the fourth quarter of 2013 which will increase the capacity of the plant by 50% to approximately 65 mmcf per day with the intent of reaching plant capacity by the end of the first quarter 2014. Crew has undertaken initial scoping work on a second gas processing facility that would increase the total capacity for the Septimus area to up to 180 mmcf per day.
Included in the 76 TCFE of Montney TPIIP, the Resource Evaluation included a light oil TPIIP of seven billion bbls. This represents a significant light oil growth opportunity for Crew as the completion technology in this oil window continues to evolve along with a corresponding improvement in economics. Crew is in the process of planning a development program for the Tower area that will likely be included as part of the Company's 2014 budget plan.
Deep Basin, Alberta
First quarter production in the Deep Basin averaged 5,540 boe per day. Third party facility outages and natural gas liquids apportionment in January and February negatively impacted production in the quarter by 370 boe per day. Despite the challenges early in the year, March production was on target at 6,020 boe per day and production continues to be on track into the second quarter between 5,700 and 6,000 boe per day. Crew drilled three (3.0 net) horizontal wells for production from the Cardium formation, two of which are expected to be completed and brought on production in the second quarter.
At Princess, Crew drilled nine (9.0 net) wells including five horizontal wells. A successful horizontal well at North Alderson has confirmed a new Pekisko oil pool located east of the Company's current development. The well came on production in February, 2013 and produced an average of 176 bbls of oil per day in April. A Mannville vertical well drilled in the quarter confirmed the Company's geological interpretation of this play and is currently producing 30 to 40 bbls of oil per day. Crew has plans to drill two to three horizontal wells to further test and delineate this play. Expansion of the waterflood program continued in the quarter with the initiation of injection into the Pekisko GG pool bringing the total to nine pools currently under waterflood with an additional two to four pools expected to be brought on by the end of the year. Approximately 36% of the developed Pekisko resource is now under waterflood with a plan to have it over 40% by the end of the year. Production for the quarter averaged 5,650 boe per day with third party natural gas facility downtime impacting production by approximately 100 boe per day on average. With six new wells completed and brought on late in the quarter and ongoing waterflood support, current production levels are approximately 6,000 boe per day consistent with expectations.
Crew drilled 23 (20.8 net) wells in the quarter and has been very pleased with the results of this program. Three (3.0 net) horizontal wells at Wildmere were successfully placed into the Lloydminster formation as a follow-up to our fourth quarter of 2012 program. Four (4.0 net) vertical wells at Epping encountered up to three productive horizons in the GP, Sparky and Colony zones. Crew initiated a development program in the Swimming area with six (6.0 net) successful wells in the Sparky sand. Throughout the winter season and particularly in the first quarter, the Lloydminster area was subjected to unusually high snow fall levels resulting in production being curtailed for the quarter to 5,520 boe per day. Crew's Lloydminster operating staff did a commendable job recovering from these frequent and intense storms and were able to restore production levels in April to approximately 6,000 boe per day based on field estimates. With the return of warmer weather and the official start of spring break-up, Crew expects Lloydminster production will vary between 5,000 to 6,000 boe per day in the coming weeks.
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