Oil recovered last week's fall and was picked up on Mexican production loss and of course Hurricane Ida. Today I look at JOG on electrification, UJO and Reabold with exciting news from West Newton and Sound who have completed the Schlumberger deal. Also Hurricane announce an offer for the bonds, Lamprell update on recapitalisation and Eco Atlantic spud the Sapote-1 well and Zenith sign an agreement in Nigeria.
Oil will end up on the week after the inventory stats and economic recoveries kept demand strong. Eco Atlantic had results and an update, for the them it is the Sapote 1 well, due to spud in August which will potentially reward them most highly. Finally Phil Kirk at Harbour has bought some more shares in the company.
Opec + is now not going to meet today and in the absence of any further meetings in the diary we are in fall-back mode which if my synopsis is correct does not allow for an increase in production. Diversified keeps doing deals and they keep getting better, now Oaktree are on board as well. Challenger announce that Saffron-2 is at TD and now ready for logging and production on July 23rd whilst Eco have had a dry hole on Jabillo-1. Finally more shenanigans at Block where there now has been a request for a General Meeting to try and remove the Chairman.
Oil has drifted today after last week hitting fresh highs and natural gas had a great week too. The Hurricane board have lost their case in the High Court as they attempt to rob the equity holders of 95% of their value. Petrofac has reported a trading update in line with expectations but only when the CFO case is dropped will they start to shift up a gear. Eco Atlantic has done a great deal with a raise into the bargain in a deal that brings exciting near term drilling in Guyana. And Zephyr has signed a contract with Cyclone drilling for the upcoming State 16-2LN-CC well.
Oil is quiet, yesterday it was good inventory stats offset by more worries on inflation. Predator announce that the rig is on its way to Guercif, Eco has been further delayed to the Tullow problems, Hurricane have 3 announcements but shareholders should vote to save their equity. I interviewed Steve Bowler CEO og IGas where he talked me through geothermal and hydrogen. Zephyr are also on the move with more wells on stream and earning money.
Oil bounced back and Brent is back over $67. Eco Atlantic has produced results and an operating update, the company looks in great shape.
Oil has settled, WTI is $53 and Brent $56 today, Opec+ adherence is good and will be 100% as even Iraq behaves. JOG has had a significant uplift in contingent resources and the company are set fair for the farm-out process this quarter. Savannah had a good update yesterday and I have had a chance to interview Andrew Knott. Eco has launched Eco Atlantic Renewables, Getech has moved into hydrogen and SDX has unveiled 2021 guidance.
The 2021 Bucket List.
Oil had a good week, despite the US holidays it was up over $3 a barrel. Today all eyes are on the start of the two day Opec+ meeting with signs of an extension of the 2m b/d cut likely but equally pretty much in the price. BPC have signed the new Goudron EPSC in Trinidad an area where they hope to develop further production in-country. Rockhopper state that Navitas are still keen on the Sea Lion farm-in but there are some inevitable delays due to the Premier/Chrysaor situation. Eco Atlantic has done great work in Namibia where it has increased its already substantial portfolio and Angus has signed an MOU with Aleph Energy for a £12m funding for the Saltfleetby gas field.
Oil continues its rally with the vaccines, a weak dollar, a Houthi attack on an Aramco operation in Jeddah and possible help from the Opec+ meeting next week. Eco report results but are meaningless except save that they remain well funded and would be ready to go save for the Tullow holdback. Elsewhere there are plenty of things to look forward to including the Namibia portfolio and the strategic alliance with Africa Oil.