The oil price has risen sharply this morning after Houthi rebels attacked Saudi installations with drones at the weekend. Whatever the fundamentals of the oil market this will not go unheeded. Savannah note that CNPC and the Niger Government have signed up for a 2,000 km pipeline from the Agadem Basin to the coast at Benin. Eco Atlantic along with Tullow have found more oil in Guyana, this time at their Joe-1 well in the Orinduik block. Reabold has increased its stake in Danube Petroleum to 41.6% via a subscription and Cluff has had inyerims but look in a good place.
A down day for oil yesterday as the EU pressed the panic button and the Opec committee meeting changed nothing until December. A catch up today with a look at the SOCO interims, news from Wentworth about the GSA and the fund raise from Providence.
Oil prices continue to rise as new Minister ABS prepares to try and keep the oil market tight. Results today from Trinity are excellent with much more to come and they show a clean set of heels to the peer group. Solo has sold its Burj investment, important as it concentrates on building the business in higher growth markets. GKP results were good but saw a lower production figure which has led to a fall in guidance, never good but mainly due to increased investment in the plan to go to 55/- b/d at Shaikan and still has a large capex and dividend + share buy-back. Cairn figures very much in line with excellent operational featuring Catcher…
Oil finished the week up and is nicely up again today. Hurricane has updated on the Lincoln Crestal well where flaring has indicated oil brought to surface in a DST. Petro Matad have found a very similar but better than expected oil find at Heron-1 which will now be tested. IOG have closed out their EUR 100m 5 year note and are ready to close the farm-out and go to FID for their SNS gas project. Reabold have also confirmed significant success at Parta in Romania whilst Touchstone has discovered substantial natural gas at its Ortoire block in Trinidad. Finally, Range has raised £750,000 as it carries on after the recent debt restructuring and RRTL sale.
Oil faded yesterday after a good start and has drifted a touch this morning. Aminex has a new NED in Robert Ambrose, a highly respected oilman. Yesterday I interviewed Andrew Austin, Executive Chairman of RockRose Energy which was important after the shares returned from suspension recently. We talked about the Marathon deal, other likely M&A opportunities and shareholder returns amongst many other things in a wide-ranging discussion. On Tuesday I spoke to Edward Bowen, CEO of currently unquoted EDR which has had an outstanding first year of trading.
Oil prices remain at their lower level with usual tariff and growth worries. Columbus have interims but they are of little interest, all eyes are on the second half and drilling in the SW Peninsula. Yesterday Wentworth announced their maiden dividend giving them a yield of around 6.7%.
Oil boiled over on Friday as trade tariffs started to be put on although ending just in positive territory for the week. Today Hurricane give an update on the Lancaster EPS which is producing above guidance and where the Lincoln Crestal well is at TD preparing to do DSTs. From last week i look at results and meetings from Petrofac and Hunting both of which are performing well in challenging markets.
Oil is all over the place with America and China playing diplomatic tennis and now appearing to be making friends again. Today, DGO buy a small but important stake in gas gathering systems and Eco Atlantic have spudded Joe-1. Reabold have potentially very exciting news from Romania and Solo Oil are about to update their corporate presentation. Jadestone trim the guidance, mainly for the weather to be fair but still look in good nick whilst Providence and Lansdowne have extended their backstop.
Oil is quiet ahead of the statement from Jackson Hole where Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks later. Jersey Oil & Gas has announced another licence award with the gain of 21/2a containing the Glenn oil discovery in the Greater Buchan Area. Yesterday Premier announced results proving consistent operational success, specifically from Catcher, selling Zama and expecting Tolmount to deliver next. After that Sea Lion is the biggest growth area and elsewhere in the portfolio things are good. SDX in line with expectations, Getech continue to restructure and Falcon get the all clear to drill in the Beetaloo.
Oil prices diverged but all eyes are on Jackson Hole tomorrow. Rockhopper has updated with news on Sea Lion where work has de-risked the project and Phase 1 resources have increased. Predator updates on Trinidad where the first workover has gone extremely well, making the project look increasingly attractive, finally RBD has increased its investment in Rathlin via a £1m investment which ups the exposure to West Newton.