i3 Energy (I3E) started its North Sea drilling campaign, announcing the spud of the LPt-02 pilot well. This will be followed by the LA-03 appraisal well (70% commercial chance of success), expected to partially convert Liberator West resources into reserves, then the SA-01 well (72% geological chance of success) into the Serenity prospect that I3E expects will prove a material extension of the neighbouring Tain discovery. No chance of success is stated for the first LPt-02 well since it is a pilot well which will optimise the placement of the first Liberator Phase 1 production well LP-02, planned to be drilled in 2020. The initial three-well drilling program is expected to take around 90 days. With major news about to become a regular event, but is balanced by the potential sale of 105.5 million placing and converted warrant shares, I3E is going to offer serious trading opportunities over the next few months.
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) is in a similar position with its big Horse Hill drill imminent and £5.5 million of shares ready to be sold by Riverfort and YA II. This should be easier though since it is 10% of the cash amount that I3E is having to deal with and UKOG probably has the largest investor audience of all the small-cap oil and gas companies on AIM.
Last week, UKOG announced a licence extension to PEDL 331 (Isle of Wight “Arreton Oil Discovery”) and, along with Angus Energy (ANGS) and Egdon Resources (EDR), a licence extension to PEDL 143 (the “A24” prospect).
In the group of UK onshore oil companies, Union Jack Oil (UJO) also announced the commencement of West Newton A-2 flow testing. The well test programme is scheduled to continue for the next 4-8 weeks and a number of unofficial parties are live reporting on social media.
Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas (ECO) announced results for the three months ending 30 June and reported that the Stena Forth drill ship is moving to the next target, Joe-1. The well is expected to spud by the end of August.
Petro Matad (MATD) announced an operational update. The land permits issue appears to have been resolved and, based on current performance, the drilling and logging of Heron-1 are forecast to be completed around 9 September. Meanwhile, operations at the Red Deer location are proceeding as planned.
Empyrean Energy (EME) and Coro Energy (CORO) announced a Dying PSC operational update. The initial well spud is anticipated in October. CORO is tainted by association with Echo Energy (ECHO) and Sound Energy (SOU), both of which were disasters for investors, but highly profitable for all those involved inside. CORO also is being promoted on social media by the same paid for group who recently touted Block Energy (BLOE) and caused large investor losses. Caution.
Providence Resources (PVR) and Lansdowne Oil & Gas (LOGP), which were expected to be drilling later this year, announced yet another backstop extension. This is now becoming a regular weekly event since the funds being sent from China continue not to arrive. PVR is further troubled by a working capital shortage and generally, matters do not look good there. Falcon Oil & Gas (FOG), though, has confirmed that it is drilling this year. Kyalla 117 N2 well operations will commence in September.
88 Energy (88E) announced a farm-out of the Icewine conventional project to Premier Oil (PMO). 88E retains 30% and a well will be drilled and tested in Q1 2020.
Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) announced a Sea Lion project update along with PMO, the project operator. Resources to be developed in phase 1 of the project have increased to 250 million barrels with associated capex to first oil estimated at $1.8 billion. The focus now is on securing senior debt funding.
Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) announced that it is on course to see the drilling of an initial exploration well in H1 2020. It has a conditional agreement for a convertible loan investment of £10.25 million, approximately half the anticipated cost of a single well. Farm-out discussions continue and proposals have been received for other financing alternatives. If the well is not drilled next year, it loses the licence. Exciting times ahead for shareholders here.
Jersey Oil & Gas (JOG) announced the additional award in the 31st Supplementary Offshore Licensing Round of Block 21/2A containing the Glenn oil discovery. This adds a further 14 MMBOE discovered mean recoverable resources as well as operatorship of another discovered resource in the area of JOG’s Buchan-centred development hub plans.
PetroTal (PTAL) announced the conversion of a water disposal well to oil producer, with an initial production rate of 2,700 bopd. A most impressive result. PTAL now is aiming for total field production of 10,000 bopd by year-end.
Savannah Petroleum (SAVP) announced receipt of ministerial consent for the Seven Energy transaction. The principal remaining conditions precedent relate to the execution of long-form documentation in relation to the Accugas debt restructuring and the Frontier Swap. One day they’ll get there.
Hardy Oil & Gas (HDY) announced the proposed disposal of its Indian subsidiary for a cash consideration of $8.75 million. The net proceeds will be used for the purposes of acquiring or establishing a company, business or asset that operates in the resources sector or other industries should an appropriate investment opportunity present itself. Could be interesting.
In other news, Alba Mineral Resources (ALBA) announced an operational update and portfolio review (remember it also owns 11.765% of Horse Hill), Attis Oil & Gas (AOGL) announced an update regarding its investee company Petroteq Energy (PQE, PQEFF), Cabot Energy (CAB) announced a Q2 2019 financial, operational and trading update, Mosman Oil & Gas (MSMN) announced a Champion project update, Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL) announced a placing (£500,000 at 0.1p), Regal Petroleum (RPT) announced a reserves and resources update, Caspian Sunrise (CASP) announced a BNG operational update and production numbers, Tlou Energy (TLOU) announced that the Lesedi pods have achieved sustained gas flows, Columbus Energy Resources (CERP) and Predator Oil & Gas (PRD) announced a Trinidad progress update, SDX Energy (SDX) announced 2019 half-year financial and operating results, Reabold Resources (RBD) announced an increased investment in Rathlin Energy, Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) announced a Licence 2252 operations update, ADM Energy (ADME) announced the departure of the “sheikh,” who dumped all his shares in the market collapsing the price and Sirius Petroleum (SRSP) announced its delisting from AIM taking millions of pounds of shareholders funds with it.
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