The Smallcap Oil & Gas Round Up.

The famous, witty BMD smallcap oil & gas round up!

The famous, witty BMD smallcap oil & gas round up!

Cadogan Petroleum (LON: CAD)
The Interim Management Statement for the period from 1 January 2014 to 19 May 2014 can be read by clicking HERE

Circle Oil (LON: COP)
Updated on their Moroccan Sebou & Lalla Mimouna Permits. 12 locations have initially been chosen for drilling, targeting resources of approximately GIIP of 25 bcf and the first well, SAH-W1, is targeting a dipping three-way fault bounded sand lens with TD at 1,225 metres MD and primary targets in the Guebbas Formation at 1,060 and 1,160 metres MD. The Company’s pre-drill estimates are for GIIP of 1.85 bcf and 1.0 bcf respectively for the two targets. Both the Sebou and Lalla Mimouna permits are a partnership between Circle Oil Morocco Ltd (75%) and ONHYM (Office Nationale de Hydrocarbures et des Mines) (25%). CEO, Chris Green, commented; “Circle is very pleased to announce the start of our third drilling campaign in Morocco. We have previously enjoyed significant drilling success in the Sebou permit and our technical team have worked hard to maximise opportunities and ensure this success continues. Reserve replacement and enhancement is the key to maintaining and uplifting our revenues in what we regard as a core country to invest in for the future. We sincerely thank our partner ONHYM for their continuing support and assistance as we start this third drilling campaign.”

Empyrean Energy (LON: EME)
Came out this week shouting from the rooftops. A significant increase in its Reserves and Resources at its flagship Sugarloaf AMI asset (‘the Project’) in the liquids rich core of the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, USA, following the receipt of an independent appraisal and report prepared by DeGolyer & MacNaughton. Empyrean has a 3% working interest. It was 1p! 2c! 2p! 3p! 2c+2p But like most there was no reference to the 1c! (work it out)

Essar Energy (LON: ESSR)
In ,out shake it all about! Out go the following directors Mr Sattar Hajee Abdoula, good riddance. Mr Philip Aiken AM, good riddance, Mr Subhas C Lallah, good riddance, Mr Steve Lucas, good riddance, Mr Simon Murray CBE, double good riddance, Mr Prashant Ruia, good riddance and Mr Ravi Ruia good riddance. Yes the boyos have really worked their magic, leaving investors in ESSR high & dry having to take a 70p share offer from EGFL Bidco that seriously under-values the company assets. Assets that were trading at close to 600p in 2011. Thanks for all your good work at losing thousands of UK investors millions upon millions of pounds! Take a bow! Essar Energy also announces the appointment Mr Yogendra (Robin) Appadoo (Welcome to the aptly named ROBIN!) as a director of the Company with immediate effect.

Falkland Oil & Gas (LON: FOGL)
The Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2013 has been posted to shareholders and is available on the Company’s website:

Global Energy Development ( LON: GED)
Opined that the rig mobilisation has commenced for the Catalina #1 well in the Company’s Bolivar Association Contract located in the northern section of the Magdalena Valley in Colombia, South America. The workover rig is being transferred from the central Magdalena Valley area and the rigging up of all existing equipment is expected to be completed over a seven day period, with key new equipment expected to be ready for shipment from Houston, USA. to Colombia shortly. The transferral process involves the removal of existing production equipment from the wellbore and the installation of surface pressure control equipment and production tubing suitable for use in high pressure operating conditions, after which the workover rig will then be demobilised and removed from the location. After all surface equipment is installed and pressure tested, stimulation of the Simiti will then proceed with initial testing results expected in July.

Leni Gas & Oil (LON: LGO)
How much mileage can a company get out of one well? More Goudron Field redevelopment activities in Trinidad.(Yawn!) Well GY-664, the first of 30 planned development wells, has now been logged and cased to total depth. The second planned well, expected to be designated GY-665, will be spudded shortly. After provisional analysis of the full electronic logs, GY-664 has penetrated over 1,500 feet of gross sand in three formations; the Goudron, Gros Morne and Lower Cruse, with a calculated total net oil pay of 571 feet. After analysis of the logs it has been decided to complete the well as a Gros Morne production well. What next from TrinaDADDY David Leni? We’ve painted the rig fluorescent orange so that it can be seen from the international space station!

Madagascar Oil & Gas (LON: MOIL)
Has been advised, via a “Communique de Presse: Conseil des Ministres”, that the decree approving test sales of Tsimiroro crude oil in the local market was approved at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on 21 May 2014. It is intended that test sales of, in aggregate, between 55,000 and 73,000 barrels of Tsimiroro crude oil will commence in the second half of 2014 and will last for a period of up to six months under the terms of the current exploration licence. This would be the first market test of crude oil produced within Madagascar, with sales due to commence after the conclusion of a tender process involving oil marketing companies currently operating in Madagascar. This test is designed to establish Tsimiroro crude as a blended heavy fuel oil substitute in the local market, mainly for power generation purposes. Currently stored oil volumes will initially be made available for blending. As at 20 May 2014, cumulative oil production from the SFP, which commenced on 28 April 2013, was 90,789 barrels of oil of which 51,870 barrels of oil are stored in the Tsimiroro SFP Storage Tanks. The remainder of the oil has been used for fuel for steam generation since the start-up of SFP operations.  Oil production rates in 2014 from the SFP have averaged 395 barrels of oil per day to the end of April 2014.

Magnolia Petroleum (LON: MAGP)
Has increased the borrowing base limit of its Credit Facility (MORE DEBT) has been increased to US$2.75 million from US$2.1 million.

Mosman Oil & Gas (LON: MSMN)
The Company haven’t wasted any time getting out their first placing (as predicted by yours truly) which will be one of many! 60 days since admission! Now that has to be a record! Mosman raised £350,000 by way of the placing of 3,500,000 new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company at 10p per share. The funds raised will be used to increase the June drilling programme at Petroleum Creek Project in New Zealand, with the addition of a third well and the deepening of the proposed Crossroads-1 well from the initial 250m to basement, estimated to be c.400 metres. Following the issue of the Placing Shares the Company’s total issued share capital will comprise 64,833,701 Ordinary Shares. Lets see how high the shares in issue go.

Nighthawk Energy (LON: HAWK)
A Skeleton in the HAWK cupboard jumped out this week, as the Company were caught with their pants down by the sheriff of AIM, T Winnifrith. Hawk were forced to admit that they were embroiled in a lawsuit brought by Running Foxes Petroleum, Inc against a subsidiary of the Company, in a Colorado state court in the United States. Why Nighthawk failed to tell the market is a question they should answer. No doubt their NOMAD is working on the A mealy-mouthed response. Disgraceful! Time to dump the stock. Any other skeletons out there Steven?

Nostra Terra Oil & Gas (LON: NTOG)
A healthy set of final results landed this week from the tiddler. Click HERE to read.

Rockhopper Exploration (LON: RKH)
Takeover news this week as RKH announced they’d reached agreement on the terms of a recommended acquisition under which Rockhopper will swallow Mediterranean Oil & Gas (LON: MOG). Shareholders of MOG will receive an Initial Consideration Offer of 6.5 pence per share comprising 4.875 pence in cash and 0.0172 shares of Rockhopper per MOG share. MOG Shareholders will also receive a contingent entitlement up to a maximum amount of 3.550 pence in cash for each MOG Share. Which equates to a approx. £29.3 million in total.

Solo Oil (LON: SOLO)
The operator of the Ruvuma Petroleum Sharing Contract, Aminex PLC, has notified the Company that the 2D seismic acquisition to appraise up-dip portion of the Ntorya-1 discovery is now complete and processing has begun. Fully interpreted results are expected during Q3 2014.

Sound Oil (LON: SOU)
It’s getting very hot in Italy, in more ways that one! A good set of finals (Audited) came out this week from the Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company for the year ended 31 December 2013. BMD Says; With the Introduction of a cornerstone institutional investor announced earlier this month, following the year-end at a significant premium to market expected to complete in June 2014, investors should be on their Marks here! There’s a lot of background noise in the City so take a tip and get them on your watch-lists! Strong Italian business fundamentals, including: High upside asset portfolio: 18 MMboe (P50) discoveries with NPV10 of €227M and 96MMboe (P50) exploration. High energy and ambitious team. Strong funding outlook. Successful Nervesa discovery with agreed Heads of Terms for a 3.6 to 1 farm out. This farm out fully funds the next well addressing the southern part of the structure and enables achievement of first gas without significant further capital. Continued preparation for the drilling of the world-class Badile prospect end in late 2014 / early 2015. A competitive farm out process is underway. Strong production from Rapagnano, which has been in production since May 2013, resulting in maiden revenues for the Company during 2013. Italian cost base to be covered by production from Rapagnano and Casa Tiberi (first gas expected by end H1-2014). James Parsons, Chief Executive Officer of Sound Oil, commented: “We are continuing our strategy of building a mid cap Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company. In Italy this involves continuing to drill, at a minimum, two material wells every year whilst focusing our financial and human resources on game-changing assets such as Badile. The combination of the introduction of an institutional investor and the farm-in on Nervesa, both of which we expect to close during June, positions our Company to fully exploit the potential of our assets.” Of course it does Jimmyboy! Any news from ENI? Nudge! Nudge! Wink? Wink?

Tangiers Petroleum (AIM: TPET)
Yet another company caught out telling whoppers this week via a mail shot organised by an Aussie (now why doesn’t that surprise me?) webShite which slipped past the eagle-eyed sheriff Tom Winnifrith through the onefreesharetip email list! Run in partnership with ADVFN who ran the mailing shot.. Life is stranger than fiction! Sheriff Tom moved quickly to sort out just what had gone on! Suffice it to say all’s well that ends well. Click HERE to read all about the cock-up! The mail shot quoted fantastic oil resource numbers of 1.6 billion barrels which is why you’ll now find an asterix* in the TPET RNS oil numbers which qualifies their 190 million barrels* of net best estimate unrisked prospective resource. A far cry from the 1.6 billion barrels headlined!

Tower Resources (LON: TRP)
More delays at the Welwitschia-1 well. In summary, there has been a delay to the drilling schedule. It presently appears that the financial consequence for the Company will not be material, but the Company does not expect drilling operations to recommence until the end of May.

Trinity Exploration & Production (LON: TRIN)
Released an update on the B-9X infill well-drilled at the Trintes Field on the Galeota license. As a result of the high formation pressure encountered in the B-9X well, a revised completion strategy is required to ensure safe production operations and includes higher pressure rated surface equipment and gas handling facilities, and, potentially, down-hole intervention. It’s estimated that it will take approx. 4 to 6 weeks to bring the well into production. The well is expected to flow naturally with an estimated IP rate in the range of 200-300 bopd and will be the first Trinity-drilled, naturally flowing well in the Trintes field. (Trinidad). Attention is now being moved towards preparing for drilling the B-13X (horizontal) and B-18 (J type) wells that are testing a new well design to increase initial production rates and recoverable reserves per well.  Importantly, this well design will also be utilised in the TGAL development so this drilling will de-risk the new field development.

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