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.
Oil is quiet but resilient, a Yemeni attack on a Saudi oil facility has lit things up in the Gulf. Excellent news from Savannah who have received Ministerial consent for the Seven Energy deal from President Buhari no less. Expect much to happen at SAVP now. And Coro and Empyrean have announced that drilling is about to get underway at the Duyung PSC offshore Indonesia.
Another see-saw ride for oil which is better this morning after a good day yesterday. Aminex and Solo have released an update about Ruvuma and Kiliwani North which is still taking its time and Predator has interims but a really exciting 2H
A huge rally yesterday, all given back this morning after another indifferent inventory situation. Petro Matad have got provisional approval for the Heron-1 well which should restart any time soon. IOG has brought forward and increased capex which should reward but also means the bond raise goes up from £70m to £88m. Touchstone results were as expected and Coho-1 is now the key, Zenith has also commenced drilling ops at Jafarli in Azerbaijan.
Oil is quiet at the moment although the inventory figures will be as important as ever this week. Cluff Natural Resources has completed its farm-out to Shell with a well to be drilled soon. Providence and Lansdowne are being forced into another week’s extension as the Chinese money is still not in…DGO has announced that its divi will from now, have a GPB Sterling alternative which has gone down well. Catch up from yesterday on IOG where LOG has restructured and EOG have had a Government extension at FEL 2/13.
Oil finished the week better but is a touch easier today. Predator has announced moves today in both Trinidad and Morocco and Tullow with Eco Atlantic have made a bonanza find offshore Guyana. Reabold and Union Jack have started testing at West Newton.
It has been a bad week for crude oil but yesterday, and so far today, oil is rallying from the lows created by trade wars and grim EIA inventory stats. Amerisur seem to be moving fast with the FSP with a number of companies signed up and Providence and Lansdowne have the approval to get underway at Barryroe but so far no dosh to do it with. I catch up on Touchstone who spudded on the key Ortoire block and Block who are preparing for 38Z but all people want to know is the production rate on 16aZ…
Oil drifts further despite more stock draws, the EIA will be important later. Today I comment on Rockhopper who have a well result for United and IOG who have spudded Harvey at last. EOG have converted LO 16/20 into FEL 4/19 but still have no farm-out. Reabold have spudded in Romania and I catch up from yesterday with Far Limited where CNOOC has acquired 55.5% of Svenska’s interest in Guinea-Bissau. Also from yesterday another upbeat statement from President, Cairn sells half of its stake in Nova and Jadestone get the final all clear for Montara.
Oil has drifted this morning as the further worries about trade talks bring jitters to the market. But lower rig count and a sub 30m b/d number from Opec keeps things tight. Cairn have had a dry hole in the Norwegian Sea and Petro Matad are suffering after having to suspend the Heron-1 well after title dispute with the provincial govt. Cluff announce that Shell have started 3D seismic on Pensacola and Providence and Lansdowne extend yet again the Chinese backstop date. Kosmos have 2Q figs which were good and have an exciting 2nd half of drilling ahead of them.
The President blew the froth off the oil price yesterday finding another $300bn worth of goods to tax by 10%. The markets fell and the greenback rallied. Today I rewrite my note on Far which had a small but important typo on Wednesday, apologies and write up the Lamprell update today which is a mixed bag.