Oil continues its sporting run, April 20th with its negative oil price seems like a long time passed. The July WTI expires with both it and the new August contract over $40. Despite newspaper rumours Woodside reiterates that the Sangomar Field Development Phase 1 remains on track for 2023 'in line with previous guidance' so Far and Cairn are both helped by this news. SDX has another update and in Egypt and Morocco the news is good subject of course to drilling and testing.
Oil fell again, jobless claims were massive as expected and the IEA forecast a 20% fall in oil demand. Cairn has announced capex deferrals and taken 23% off its 2020 budget whilst directors at Genel and iog bought shares in their own companies.
Oil picked a notch yesterday, the EIA STEO has pedaled back a bit from previous US shale expectations. Far with Cairn have signed the FID and so the Sangomar field offshore Senegal is into Phase 1 development stage. Coro have signed up Nick Cooper as aNED, very wise and Tower has had another extension for the Thali PSC in Cameroon.
At newly renamed iog there are some management changes as well as the name and yesterday the full executive team gave a presentation to city analysts. Today sees Cairn exiting Norway and Union Jack raising more money for West Newton and other projects.
I catch up on the oil price which in my absence has risen by three dollars and looks quite healthy just now. Kosmos have another monster find off Mauritania whilst Cairn have another delay in India arbitration and a duster in Mexico. Reabold have an admin delay with regard the the Rathlin swap and I get into the TV studio with James Menzies of Coro Energy.
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 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.
Oil firm as the Saudis hit back at the Houthi rebels. SDX reduce guidance and lose CEO Paul Welch, at Falcon they raise a bit to top up for this year and next year existing carry. All in line at Cairn with no change in guidance or plans in development and exploration. Earlier this week Wentworth updated and all is going well, yesterday Block Energy raised £12m, a solid achievement given how fast they have moved and at Egdon they raised £2.17m. Empyrean has seen gas clouds at Topaz and Jade which CNOOC say is good news and Lisa Mitchell moves from Lekoil to San Leon...
After a mixed and apparently turbulent week in the oil market the price ended up although less that a dollar. Right now WTI has rallied by 60 cents and Brent by 72c. Today Coro and Empyrean get their Plan of Development for the Mako field offshore Indonesia, good for monetising the gas. IGas and Egdon have announced that at Springs Road 'significant gas indications were observed', could this see the East Midlands start to become our own Dallas? Reabold bounce back from Friday's duster to find in excess of 60m of pay at the Monroe Swell which will be very valuable whilst Cairn now have to wait until the end of the year at best to find out arbitration news.