It’s been a quiet week in the Smallcaps Underverse. Today was piss poor for news!
Bankers Petroleum (LON: BNK)
Said this week that a claim has been filed in the Commercial Court of England and Wales against the Company’s subsidiary Bankers Petroleum Albania Ltd. (“BPAL”) by BP Oil International: BPO in connection with a dispute between BPAL and BPO over the termination by BPAL of a crude oil sales contract between BPAL
and BPO. BPO has alleged that BPAL wrongfully terminated the Contract and is seeking damages of approximately US$ 54 million. The Company and BPAL believe that BPAL was fully within its legal rights to terminate the Contract, that BPO’s claim is without merit and that, in any event, BPO’s estimate of damages is exaggerated. The Company intends that BPAL will vigorously defend the claim.
Bridge Energy (LON: BRDG)
Takeover! Spike Exploration Holding AS, announces a recommended voluntary cash tender offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Bridge Energy ASA at £1.62pence per BRDG share. Take the money & run!
Desire Petroleum (LON: DES)
Released their interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2013. Click HERE to view them
Enegi Oil (LON: ENEG)
The independent Oil and Gas Company with a portfolio of assets located in the UK North Sea, Newfoundland Canada, Ireland, and Jordan released an update on the Company’s strategy. Much too long winded for the smallcap round up. Click HERE to read it.
Faroe Petroleum (LON: FDP)
Announced the spudding of the Statoil-operated Snilehorn exploration well 6407/8-6 (Faroe 7.5%). The Snilehorn prospect is located four kilometres from the Hyme producing oil field (Faroe 7.5%) in the Norwegian Sea. Hyme produces into the Njord field facilities (Faroe also 7.5%). The well and a planned side-track will target oil and gas in the Jurassic Ile, Tilje and Åre Formations (analogous to the Hyme reservoir) and, if successful, the plan is to fast-track a development along similar lines to the Hyme development. The water depth is 282 metres and the well is planned to be drilled to a total depth of approximately 3,205 metres. The drilling operations are being undertaken by Statoil (50%) utilising the Songa Trym rig.
Falcon Oil & Gas (LON: FOG)
Has completed the purchase of 2,462,686 shares from certain of the remaining shareholders in Falcon Oil & Gas Australia Ltd. As previously announced, the consideration was 2.25 common shares in Falcon for every one FOGA ordinary share held. The valuation used in this offer was the same used in the recently completed acquisition of Sweetpea Petroleum Pty Ltd’s 24.2% holding in FOGA. As a result of this transaction, 5,541,044 new Falcon common shares have been issued. Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for the new shares to be admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. FOGA is a subsidiary of Falcon and is the registered holder of four exploration permits in the Beetaloo Basin, Northern Territory, Australia. Following the completion Falcon holds 202,462,686 shares in FOGA, representing 98.1% of the issued share capital of FOGA. The transaction is subject to final approval from TSXV.
Frontier Resources (LON: FRI)
Updated on its activities in the Sultanate of Oman. Frontier’s 100%-owned Block 38, located in the Dhofar Region of southwest Oman, covers an area of approximately 17,425 square kilometres. A 6 year Exploration & Production Sharing Agreement was signed on 25 November 2012. Frontier is the operator. From the declaration of commerciality, which under the Oman EPSA means the date on which the Government of Oman approves a field development plan for the commercial discovery of crude oil or natural gas and as appropriate a gas sales agreement becomes effective, an Oman Government company will be entitled to a 25% participating interest in the Oman EPSA. Having received bids from several data processing companies, the Company has selected BGP Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation, as the contractor to utilise its proprietary software package to provide high quality data processing services by re-processing selected 2-D seismic data from the vintage seismic data sets on the concession. These data sets were originally acquired by previous operators on the Block that included Phillips Petroleum, BP, Petroleum Development Oman and Sinopec. Frontier also expects to benefit from any new developments that result from work done at BGP’s recently established state-of-the art research and development centre in Houston, Texas. Data reprocessing uses the latest in signal processing technology to enhance the interpretability of the seismic data by extracting information from the older data that would not have been possible at the time of the original acquisition and processing. This is achieved mainly by suppressing noise and enhancing the signal reflected from the subsurface. Re-processed data quality will be strongly affected by the acquisition parameters used during the initial data recording. The results of the re-processing will be integrated into the overall seismic dataset on Block 38 to come up with an interpretation that will help guide Frontier to optimise the location of a planned 3-D seismic survey.
Genel Energy (LON: GENL)
Along with DNO International ASA, has signed a Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government to supply gas from the Summail field in the Dohuk licence in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Earlier this week Gene “Noted” that DNO International ASA as operator of the Tawke Field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, issued the following statement on the field: “DNO International ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas company, announced that it has commenced extensive testing of the Tawke-23 exploration well in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The well is the second horizontal well drilled by the Company in the Tawke field and has encountered continuous oil shows within a 930 metre horizontal section in the main Cretaceous reservoir. The test program, expected to last up to three weeks, will focus on ten fracture zones with production potential. The Company’s first horizontal well in the field, Tawke-20, tested 8,000 barrels per day from each of ten producing intervals in the Cretaceous reservoir and is currently on stream at an average rate of 25,000 barrels per day. Also currently drilling in Kurdistan are two other Tawke horizontal development wells, Tawke-21 and Tawke-22.”
Leni Gas & Oil (LON: LGO)
Said this week that their had been a positive impact of recent revisions to capital allowances and tax credits to be applied to the oil and gas sector in Trinidad. You can read the full RNS HERE
Max Petroleum (LON: MXP)
Not a good week for MXP! The BCHW-3 appraisal well in the eastern portion of the Baichonas West Field on Block E to a total vertical depth of 1,525 metres was plugged and abandoned. In the Uytas field, the UTS-16 appraisal well successfully reached a total depth of 200 metres, with electric logs indicating three metres of net oil pay in the Cretaceous Aptian reservoir over a 33 metre interval ranging in depths from 111 to 144 metres. Reservoir quality is excellent. Hydrocarbon shows were not encountered in the Albian section. The Company plans to complete the well and place it on test production as soon as practicable. The Zhanros mobile truck mounted rig is now moving to the UTS-15 appraisal well, which will be drilled to a total depth of approximately 200 metres targeting Cretaceous reservoirs. After UTS-15, an additional six wells remain to be drilled as part of the initial appraisal programme in the field.
Nostra Terra Oil & Gas (LON: NTOG)
Updated on the Verde Prospect, located in Colorado. The third well has reached total depth, drilling has ended and completion operations are now underway. Drilling in the primary pay zone was interrupted to perform two Drilling Stem Tests (DST). The second test resulted in free gas nearly reaching the surface and recovery of several hundred feet of liquids, a mixture of gas and oil, plus oil and gas cut drilling muds, the majority of which was oil. No free water was reported. Nostra Terra owns a 16.25% working interest in this program of development wells, but has recently increased its working interest in this well to 17.54%. The prospect is operated by Plainsmen Partners, LLC and is located in south-eastern Colorado.
Petroceltic International (LON: PCI)
Announced this week the successful tie-back of a new production well on the Kaliakra gas field, offshore Bulgaria. The well was completed with a subsea wellhead and connected to the existing Kaliakra pipeline for export via the Galata platform. The well and flow line works were performed by the GSP Prometeu jack-up drilling rig and Big Foot 1 lay barge and concluded on 10 September. The new well has been flow tested at rates in excess of 12 MMcfpd and is currently being produced through the Galata facilities, which are shared with the Galata and Kavarna fields. Once the production from the three fields has been rebalanced, the combined rate is expected to stabilise at around 30 MMcfpd. Petroceltic holds a 100% working interest in the fields and associated infrastructure.
Range Resources (LON: RRL)
Released a Texas & Trinidad update. You can read it HERE
Salamander Energy (LON: SMDR)
Has spud an exploration well in Block G4/50, Gulf of Thailand targeting the Ayutthaya prospect. Ayutthaya is located in the Western Central sub-basin, some 7 km northeast of the recent Surin oil discovery. The well will target oil in Miocene sandstones and is estimated to contain mean prospective recoverable resources of 30 MMbo. The well will be drilled to approximately 2,350 metres total vertical depth sub-sea using the Atwood Mako jack up rig.
San Leon (LON: SLE)
Two RNS’s this week from San. Preliminary results for the hydraulic fracture treatment performed on the Rogity-1 well on the Braniewo S Concession in Poland’s northern Baltic Basin. This was the first frac of a three-stage programme at Rogity-1 as part of the recently signed farm-out agreement with Wisent Oil & Gas, under which Wisent will fully design, perform, and fund the costs of the programme as well as any subsequent testing in the well. The objective of this first fracture was to understand the frackability and production potential of the tight Cambrian sandstones. It is anticipated that any future development would be with multi-staged fracced long offset horizontals. San Leon has mapped a large Cambrian structure at the Rogity-1 well, which the Company is analysing as a sweet spot for oil production via fractures. The frac was performed according to plan. Following a period of frac fluid clean up, oil accumulated and has been sampled at surface. This is seen as a highly encouraging result, and further clean up and testing of the Cambrian will be performed following fraccing of the upper two zones, scheduled for late September 2013.
San have also Completed the flow back, testing and initial analysis of its first vertical hydraulic fracture stimulation of the Lewino-1G2 well on its 221,000 acre Gdansk W Concession in Poland’s northern Baltic Basin. This initial vertical frac was performed to test frackability and the flow potential of the lower Ordovician shale and to gather critical data necessary for future horizontal drilling and multi-staged hydraulic fracture stimulation, targeted on obtaining commercial flow rates from the Ordovician and Lower Silurian shales. The frac was performed through a 4.5-meter perforated interval, at a depth of 3,545.5 to 3,550 meters, in the highly prospective Ordovician Caradocian shale. The frac pumped over 11,000 barrels of fluid and 95 tons of sand propant at an average of 120 barrels per minute with a maximum pressure of 12,200 psi. This is the highest frac pump rate at pressure ever performed outside the US. Approx. 25% of the frac fluid was recovered along with a small, consistent flow of burnable gas. The well flared gas on several occasions including initial opening of the well after the frac and following a shut-in period after approx. 20% of the frac fluid was recovered.
Trapoil (LON: TRAP)
The independent oil and gas exploration, appraisal and production company focused on the UK Continental Shelregion of the North Sea, announced that it had been notified by the Athena field operator (Ithaca Energy LON: IAE) that further to its recent diagnostic testing, including an investigation of the ESP installed in the “P4” well in the Athena Field, the fault has yet to be rectified. The pump failure in the P4 well has reduced the gross field production by approximately 1,400 barrels of oil per day (210 bopd net to Trapoil). Current production from the field is therefore running at approximately 7,500 bopd (1,125 bopd net to Trapoil). The field’s partners are currently assessing the most appropriate remedial actions, which may include repairing or a work over of the existing well or the potential drilling of a new well. The Company considers that it is currently unlikely that production will be restored to its optimum level prior to Q2 2014. A further update will be provided in due course. In addition, Trapoil said that its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2013 will be released on 27 September 2013.