Africa Oil has announced its financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31 2015.
During the first quarter of 2015, seven wells finalized drilling across the South Lokichar Basin and the North Turkana basin in Block 10BA, Kenya. In addition, the Company is continuing its extensive exploration and appraisal program in the South Lokichar Basin in Blocks 10BB and 13T. The extensive appraisal activities in Kenya, including the planned Extended Well Test (“EWT”), along with the development concept studies completed in 2014, will enable a draft Field Development Plan (FDP) to be prepared by end 2015. One drilling rig is currently active in the South Lokichar Basin.
The current ambition of the joint venture partnership is to position the South Lokichar Basin development, and an export pipeline, for possible sanction by the end of 2016, subject to receipt of all necessary permits and approvals. Good progress continues to be made towards development of these oil resources and as part of the ongoing collaboration between the Governments of Kenya and Uganda on the oil export pipeline for the Lake Albert and South Lokichar resources, a joint technical adviser was appointed in late 2014. The independent technical studies being undertaken by the adviser, with extensive support from the Kenya and Uganda upstream partners, are progressing rapidly and should assist in the finalization of the pipeline route.
At March 31, 2015, the Company had cash of $187.4 million and working capital of $53.2 million. During February 2015, the Company completed a brokered private placement issuing an aggregate of 57,020,270 shares at a price of SEK 18.50 per share for gross proceeds of SEK 1,055 million or $125.0 million. A cash commission was paid in the amount of $4.5 million. Subsequent to the first quarter of 2015, the Company entered into an investment agreement relating to a non-brokered private placement wherein 53,623,377 shares will be issued at a price of CAD $2.31 for gross proceeds of CAD $121.6 million (US $100 million). The Company expects the closing to occur by end of May 2015.
The Company has completed the following significant operational activities in, and subsequent to, the first quarter of 2015;
- In January 2015, the Company announced the results of the Ngamia-5 and Ngamia-6 appraisal wells in Block 10BB (Kenya). The Ngamia-5 well is located 500 meters northeast of the Ngamia-1 discovery well in a different fault compartment and encountered 160 to 200 meters net oil pay, which is amongst the highest of all the wells drilled in the basin to date. The Ngamia-6 well is located approximately 800 meters north of the Ngamia-1 well and in the same fault compartment as the Ngamia-5 well and encountered up to 135 meters net oil pay. Both wells have been suspended and one or both will be utilized in an EWT that will commence in the second quarter. Pressure data from the Ngamia-3, 5 and 6 wells demonstrates connectivity between the wells at multiple reservoir horizons, which will be further tested by the EWT.
- In January 2015, the Company announced the results of the Amosing-3 appraisal well in Block 10BB (Kenya), located one kilometer northwest of the Amosing-1 discovery well. The well encountered up to 140 meters of net oil pay and proved an extension of the field. Pressure data from the Amosing-3 well indicated connectivity in some reservoir horizons encountered in the Amosing-1, 2 & 2A wells.
- In January 2015, the Company announced the results of the Epir-1 exploration well. The well was drilled to a total depth of 3,057 meters in the North Kerio Basin in Block 10BB (Kenya). The well encountered a 100 meter interval of wet hydrocarbon gas shows with florescence indicating the presence of an active petroleum system. The hydrocarbon shows were encountered primarily in rocks which are not of reservoir quality. The partnership is very encouraged the Epir-1 well has demonstrated a working hydrocarbon system in the Kerio Basin and technical work will now focus on identifying a prospect in the basin where there is a high chance of trapping hydrocarbons in reservoir quality rock.
- In March 2015, the Company provided an update on the Amosing Extended Well Test (EWT) in Block 10BB (Kenya). The Amosing -1 and Amosing -2 wells were completed in five zones with hydraulically controlled completions that permit independent tests of selected intervals without well intervention in preparation for an Extended Well Test (EWT) of the field. Initial rig-less flow testing during clean-up at a combined maximum rate of 5,600 and 6,000 bopd respectively exceeded expectations, demonstrating high quality reservoir sands which flowed 31 to 38 degree API dry oil under natural conditions. Pressure data during the initial clean-up flows shows connectivity between the two completed wells in the upper three zones with further production testing required to test connectivity in the lower two zones. These findings support the static pressure data which indicated connectivity between the Amosing-1, 2, 2A and 3 wells in multiple zones. The Amosing EWT results are expected in the second quarter of this year.
- In March 2015, the Company announced the results of The Ngamia-7 well in Block 10BB (Kenya). The well was drilled 1.2 kilometers east of the Ngamia-3 well and encountered up to 130 meters of net oil pay identifying a large eastern extension of the field that had been identified from the new 3D seismic survey.
- In March 2015, the Company announced that the Engomo-1 well was drilled, which was the first test of the North Turkana Basin in Block 10BA, (Kenya). This prospect is to the west of Lake Turkana where numerous naturally occurring oil slicks and seeps have been observed. The Engomo-1 exploration well in Block 10BA was drilled to a total depth of 2,353 meters. The well encountered interbedded siltstones, sandstones and claystones, becoming more tuffaceous and tight until reaching a total depth in basement. No significant oil or gas shows were encountered and the well has been plugged and abandoned. The prevalence of tight facies in the wellbore may be due to the well’s close proximity to the basin bounding fault. Future analysis will be focused on understanding how this result impacts the remaining prospectivity in the basin.
- In April 2015, the Company announced the results of the Ngamia-8 appraisal well in Block 10BB (Kenya), which encountered up to 200 meters of net oil pay in line with pre-drill expectations. The well was positioned in the center of the Ngamia structure and static pressure data indicates the well is in pressure communication with the oil discovered in the neighboring Ngamia-1A, Ngamia- 3, Ngamia-5, Ngamia-6 and Ngamia-7 wells.
- In April 2015, the Company announced that the Amosing-4 well in Block 10BB (Kenya), located approximately one kilometer southeast of the Amosing-1 well, was drilled to test the southern extent of the field and successfully encountered 27 meters of net oil pay in thick upper reservoir zones proving the significant down-dip extent of the field.
- In April 2015, the Company announced that the Ekales-2 appraisal well reached a total depth of 4,059 meters and encountered an estimated 60-100 meters of net oil pay in the primary shallower objectives. This highly deviated well was also deepened to test the basin center stratigraphic play where it intersected sandstones with elevated pressures and 50 meters of oil bearing sands; however, operating conditions precluded logging and confirmation of any oil pay in this section. This was the first test of this exploration target and is very positive for the future upside potential of the South Lokichar Basin, above the significant oil resources already discovered.
- The full fast track processed data set for the 951 square kilometer 3D seismic survey over the series of significant discoveries along the western basin bounding fault in the South Lokichar Basin, is now available and is being interpreted. The 3D seismic indicates significantly improved structural and stratigraphic definition and additional prospectivity not evident on the 2D seismic. The large Amosing North prospect located on the northern flank of Amosing and updip of the Ngamia field has been identified from the 3D seismic and is being assessed as a potential 2015 drilling candidate. The 3D seismic mapping over the Etom area now shows that the Etom -1 discovery well was drilled in a graben between two large prospects, one located to the south and one to the north of the well. Technical work is being progressed so that these prospects are drill ready. In addition, the 3D seismic also reinforces the potential of the intra-Lokhone shale amplitude prospectivity.
- The partnership has acquired over 1,100 meters of whole core from the wells drilled in the South Lokichar Basin, and an extensive program of detailed core analysis is ongoing that will provide results throughout the year. A key focus of the core program is to better assess oil saturation and to refine the recovery factors of the main reservoir sands. Early core analysis results support the reservoir assumptions used in the contingent resource estimate and are reducing the uncertainty around oil saturations in the reservoir.
- In the Rift Basin Area Block (Ethiopia), a 2D seismic crew has mobilized and has commenced the acquisition of a minimum of 400 kilometer land and lake survey. Source rock outcrops and oil slicks on the lakes have been identified in the block where there is no existing seismic or wells.
Keith Hill, President and CEO of Africa Oil, commented, ‘We continue to be highly encouraged by the appraisal program in the South Lokichar Basin which is above our expectations and confirms our belief that this is a world-class asset. We are working closely with our partners and the Kenyan Government to move the development project forward, particularly the export pipeline, which is the key to unlocking the value of this asset. The 3D seismic has been a great help in imaging new drilling targets in the basin and we plan to drill some high impact wells with the potential to add significant resources in the coming months.’
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