It's Bucket List time and the February update is out today, cue trauma.....
Opec + completed as per my late report on Friday and cuts of up to 2.1m b/d are up their sleeves for 1Q 2020. Today Predator Oil & Gas announced that they have an option agreement with Star Valley Drilling to drill their Guercit permit onshore Morocco. This could be transformational for the company should it come in. Rockhopper and United Oil & Gas update on Abu Sennan with the latter returning to the market after raising $6.25m. Amerisur Resources have been backed by ISS in their recommendation of the bid by GeoPark.
Oil will end the week roughly as it started with nothing new in the price to change the basis. Savannah Petroleum has announced that the Seven Energy Transaction has now completed leaving them as a full cycle international E&P company listed in London. Amerisur has gone with a bid of 19.21p from Geopark which will surely be a disappointment but it is cash in the hand. I also look at DGO who have announced 3Q results showing a continued success of their acquisition model with some fine tuning.
Oil is better today but likely down to further escalation of events in the Middle East. I note the RNS from Amerisur who note that the FSP is drawing to a close and for bidders to open their cheque books. Trinity say that the Trinidad budget is a net small loser but has opened the discussion on SPT which should help. Jersey Oil & Gas had a highly successful Capital Markets Day, after which I interviewed CEO Andrew Benitz. And I mention RBD, ZEN, and BPC.
Solo Oil make yet another announcement this morning, is this the precursor to the big one? And on Friday Amerisur announced the results of the new CPR from McDaniels which gives very solid valuations to the company's most valuable assets.
A cracking discovery from Hurricane this morning as the Lincoln Crystal well comes in strongly. Amerisur have interim results which show strong production and the resulting cash flow puts them in a strong position as the vultures gather in Bogotá. Coro also has interims but the progress in Asia is still looking most exciting with drilling imminent at the Mako field. DGO announce a proposed move to the premium segment of the Main Market with all the governance etc that brings and IGas also have good figures but the market is focusing on Spings Rosd.
Today is the interim Bucket List with a look at performance since February, the good the bad and the ugly and with two stocks dropping out to be replaced in the list.
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...
Last week oil prices edged up only by a few cents and the battle remains between Geo-politics and stuttering GDP numbers. Today, Echo Energy announce further progress in seismic data processing in Argentina with drilling still planned for 4Q of this year. Amerisur have a regular update on operations with the Sol-1 well confirmed as a 'modest discovery' and Indico-2 next to be drilled. Production remains in line with guidance. VOG confirm last weeks' rumours of a huge deal selling gas to Aksa Energy and Reabold have exciting wells to drill in west Brentwood. Eco Atlantic are cheered by Qatar Petroleum farming into Guyana and Tullow asking for an extension to the Jethro drilling programme. Good news also for the Wressle oil field participants..
Oil rallies sharply this morning after a bad week but one that ended with Iran seizing a British ship. JOG have been awarded a 'transformational' deal by securing the Greater Buchan area close to Verbier. Amerisur reveal that Maurel & Prom are the bidders but at 17p is far too low, Providence and Lansdowne yet again extend the deal for Barryroe as the money from APEC still hasn't arrived and my sources including Jamie Nimmo suggest that VOG is about to announce a whopping contract...