Oil cracked a bit on Friday but it could have been avoided, the market can supply any shortfall but will be getting tighter through this quarter. Coro and Empyrean have agreed their drilling programme for Duyung and will drill an exploration and appraisal well in the autumn. Jadestone has a HOA for gas sales with Petrovietnam and Reabold is moving ahead in California.
Oil drifts after a strong run, Iraq threatening to raise production and inventory fears remain. United Oil & Gas up the ante in Italy with a CPR showing more upside and Reabold and Union Jack spud the West Newton A-2 well. Finally I report on an interesting meeting with Jeremy Asher, Chairman and CEO of Tower Resources.
Oil was mixed, WTI fell on poor inventory numbers and high imports while Brent rose on Iranian waiver panic. Predator has announced what seems like a great CPR on the onshore Morocco acreage with significant long term profitable potential and figures from Wentworth show good production from Mnazi Bay but after all the recent changes what does the future hold?
Oil rallies hard on US waivers being withdrawn, Saudi production falling again and the rig count falling. Falcon extends the ORRI in Australia and Upland has good new from Tunisia.
Oil is drifting ahead of the holiday weekend but fundamentals remain positive. I spoke to Paul Haywood this morning about the ongoing great news from Block, more to come I suspect and Jadestone has figures but are meaningless.
Oil eased yesterday, markets were poor and some profit taking was observed. Coro has made first completion of its Duyung PSC acquisition whilst Premier have had another excellent well result in Mexico. Tower Resources are making admirable progress with well planning in Cameroon and whilst bank debt is arranged has received a bridging loan from Chairman Jeremy Asher. Finally Petro Matad has announced two rig contracts for the summer campaign in Mongolia, running about three months behind but will still manage four wells notably the key Heron-1.
Last week oil kept moving on up, gently at the moment. Whilst technical factors such as supply are key at the moment there are other things on the sidelines that have some influence. With over $100bn in the book the Aramco bond issue is to be closed today at around $12bn, in the USA net speculative length (NSL) has more than doubled since Christmas to 640m barrels and on Friday Chevron put $33bn down for Anadarko, all signs of confidence of some sort in oil. This morning JOG has announced that with the rig moving off location operator Equinor is very much sticking around with much data to assess and well results to analyse. This is valuable crude and the hub could yet be highly profitable.
The oil price will end the week up nicely as supply constraints remove excess stocks worldwide. The big international news is that Chevron are buying Anadarko for $33bn whilst at home EOG results show promise in the future, not the past. Finally Rose Petroleum directors keep their promise and buy shares in the market.
Oil rallied again, despite a big rise in crude inventories the market concentrated on the gasoline draw and how tight that market is getting. Genel has announced another good result from the flanks of the Taq Taq field where success is adding meaningful and more importantly high added value barrels. Changes at Rose Petroleum where US entrepreneur Robert Bensh comes in as Executive Chairman and takes a 15% stake in the company. With the highly experienced Tom Reynolds also now on the board Rose is looking more like the real deal all the time.
Oil eased yesterday after the IMF cut global growth forecasts, but that’s not much to worry about. After the close a mixed set of API stats pushed the market higher with solid gasoline and distillate demand. This morning there is more news from Chariot who in their announcement give more details about the exciting new Lixus licence in Morocco. And Predator receive an extension to 16/30 and have commissioned a new CPR on Ram Head which might be a ‘game changer’.