Encouraging news from Echo this morning and whilst not tested looks to have a 19m gross column in the Springhill formation.
Oil has rallied for a number of reasons but Libya is getting pretty lively. Trinity have, as usual a very positive update across the board while Echo also seems to be becoming interesting at the Santa Cruz Sur. Far has gone ahead with its FID for Senegal and is now sorting out the financing which seems nearly all done. President has tapped Trafigura who are injecting money into this well run company and Lamprell confirms the two jackup orders. Finally Touchstone testing an oil play now have a 'liquids rich' structure.
The headlines are obviously of the US taking out Qassem Soleimani thereby reigniting tensions in the Gulf and surrounding areas. Companies catching up on news include Echo who are perforating and stimulating at Tapi Aike and have spudded at CLix-1001. Genel have another excellent producer at TT-34 and are unlikely to be affected by current problems in the Middle East. NU-Oil has made a modest raise, much to come from that company this year whilst it is now positioning itself for the inevitable deal. Reabold have found oil and gas at West Brentwood and Eco (Atlantic) has light oil to the North and the South.
Oil recovered yesterday after initially falling on an API report that showed a build in stocks, the subsequent EIA report showed a draw of 1.1m barrels and oil recovered to be roughly even on the day. Echo has announced that its rig is on the move and should be ready to drill the CLix-1001 well by the end of December. DGO has announced a new NED as well as announcing that the 2Q divvi will be paid on 20th December and a sterling equivalent of 2.65p a share. PetroTal has also appointed two new NED's after recently the Chairman of the Board moved to the non board position of CFO. And Touchstone announce that the Coho-1 well has produced well making it a red letter month for the company.
very promising early news from Echo Energy in Tapi Aike and now we wait for the results of testing. PetroTal has confirmed the dividend promised at the float.
The oil price had a bad day on Friday with very low volumes and Brent expiring, Opec on Thursday is on the minds of traders. Hurricane have made a discovery at Warwick West and also have a positive update on Lancaster. Echo are updating on Santa Cruz Sur with oil and gas production and an exploration well before long. iog have heard that the independent administrators for LOG remain positive about their discount to nav. And Premier has achieved first gas at BIG-P in Indonesia.
Echo Energy has spudded the first Tapi Aike well, this is a four-well programme so patience has to be exercised.
Today I talk about management changes at Sound Energy as its metamorphosis continues and also Coro Energy as it announces another successful well. Echo Energy has completed its deal and now looks forward to Tapi Aike whilst Eco Atlantic has fallen due to heavy oil, unnecessarily in my view. At Wentworth former CEO Eskil Jersing has been given the El Bow as potential acquisitions failed to materialise. There is a Longboat coming over the horizon laden with former Faroe management looking for funding to go back and do it all again. And Talon Petroleum is also queuing up to invest more in the North Sea. Finally a slate of video interviews by myself and VSA CEO Andrew Monk recorded at Africa Oil Week.
Today's flash blog covers Echo Energy who have announced that they have received the necessary waiver for their recent acquisition. Also DGO has announced the sale of non-producing assets for $10m which takes the cost of the EdgeMarc deal to only $38m and proves that the company are continuing to efficiently manage their portfolio.
The moratorium on fraccing is interim in nature and quite possibly an election stunt but has hit IGas but maybe too much as it has a substantial conventional business. Rose Petroleum starts its strategic re-shaping with an asset deal and a small raise. Echo has extended is Acquisition Agreement waiting a waiver, Coro spuds the Tambak-1 well and at PTAL Douglas Urch takes over as CFO.