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Pantheon Resources (AIM: PANR) is an AIM-listed oil and gas company with several conventional appraisal projects on the prolific North Slope of Alaska.
The Company has recently announced a resource upgrade for the deepest horizon at its Talitha project, the Kuparuk horizon, and estimates a most likely case Prospective Resource (Recoverable) of 341 million barrels of oil (MMBO). This follows confirmation from an Independent Expert Report of a Prospective Resource of 302 MMBO, with an NVP10 of $2.7 billion, at the shallowest horizon of the Talitha project, the Shelf Margin Deltaic.
Upgraded management resource estimates – Kuparuk (Talitha Project)
Pantheon Resources plc (“Pantheon” or the “Company”), the AIM-quoted oil and gas exploration company with working interests of 89.2% – 100% in certain projects advantageously located adjacent to transportation infrastructure on the Alaskan North Slope provides the following update:
Pantheon has completed its resource assessment of the Kuparuk formation at its Talitha project. The Talitha project contains three independent target geological horizons, each with different reservoir trap geometries, qualities and risk profiles. All three of these formations were penetrated by the Pipeline State #1 wellbore on the Company’s acreage and all were confirmed as oil bearing. The Company has now completed its analysis of the Kuparuk, the deepest of these three horizons, and estimates this horizon (on a 100% basis) to contain 1.4 billion barrels of oil in place (OIP) and a Prospective Resource (Recoverable) of 341 million barrels of oil (MMBO) as a most likely case. The Company has modelled an illustrative development plan(1) for this zone with 62 producing wells, exploiting 247 MMBO of this resource, and using the WTI current forward price curve, yields a potential NPV10 of over US$1.48 billion, with NPV per barrel of $6.00 and an Internal Rate of Return of 55%.
Subject to the completion of a farmout, Pantheon intends to drill a well at Talitha in early 2021, which will test the Kuparuk as well as two other (shallower) target horizons:
1. The shallower ‘Shelf Margin Deltaic’ (“SMD”) horizon, over which the Company recently received an Independent Expert Report (“IER”) certifying a Prospective Resource of 302 MMBO (100% basis). This independent resource estimate covered only the 20,600 acres of the reservoir section which is structurally higher (ie “updip”) from the oil encountered in the Pipeline State #1 discovery well, and did not cover the total resource across the entire structure or project area. The Production Unit at Talitha covers 44,373 acres. The SMD is the primary objective of the Talitha project due to its attractive reservoir qualities. Pantheon is nearing completion of a resource estimate over the entire SMD horizon in the Talitha Production Unit (the previous Company estimate, like the IER, was confined only to the updip area) and will report to shareholders when completed. The Company anticipates a material upgrade.
2. The “Slope Fan System” lies below the SMD and above the Kuparuk in depth. Oil was encountered throughout this system whilst drilling the original Pipeline State #1 well. The Company is presently working on a Resource Assessment for the Slope Fan System at Talitha and we expect completion before year end.
Bob Rosenthal, Technical Director, commented:
“This is a great result at Kuparuk, substantially increasing our estimates of total Prospective Resources at Talitha. Importantly, Talitha has scope for further resource improvement as we complete our work over the coming weeks and months to include (i) the Slope Fan System, and (ii) the entire structure across the SMD, which will now include the downdip section. The Kuparuk and the Slope Fan Systems are recognised oil producers in the area and hence these productive analogs provide increased confidence about future development. The SMD is the major new geological play type in the region where the recent large discoveries have been made and are now subject to major development programs. We are fortunate to have all these plays tested in one well with a mixture of older proven play types and the new and exciting play type which has yielded the largest onshore discoveries in the world over recent years.The Independent Expert Report on the SMD only considered the structurally higher ‘updip’ (high graded) location from the Pipeline State #1 discovery well where the reservoir quality is superior and excluded the downdip area entirely. Work on this larger area is presently underway and will be announced when completed. ”
Jay Cheatham, CEO,commented:
“If we can complete a farmout in time to drill this winter, Talitha has the potential, if successful, to be the most impactful well of my 50 year career. Having run Arco’s international business and also its upstream Gulf of Mexico area business, you dream about these opportunities. It has taken over a decade of work to delineate and advance this opportunity to “drill ready” status. This appraisal well will test three separate and independent targets which collectively offer the potential for greater than a billion- barrels of recoverable oil. Each of these targets compare in size to large deepwater offshore projects around the world. In our case they are onshore USA. The Talitha location is adjacent to the major highway and Trans Alaska Pipeline network serving the North Slope, positioning us beautifully in the event of success for a development, even in a low oil price world. Despite our obvious excitement about Talitha, an appraisal well updip from discovered oil, nothing is without risk in this business and commercial success is never guaranteed before drilling.”
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