Oil was quiet yesterday but is up another 80 odd cents again today on what is being called the 'virus strategy' or common sense as I called it before Christmas. BPC continue to top up finances by exercising a put option getting ship shape for P#1 and other portfolio requirements. PetroTal are also contemplating a $100m bond issue to help restart a drilling programme and to upgrade the CPF-2 for higher throughput. Finally Helium One starts its drilling programme by submitting key environmental studies.
Oil prices have risen after the Opec+ meeting came to an agreement which whilst not perfect by adding 500/- b/d from January appears to have done the trick and was within the range of expectations. Today sees Helium One's debut on the Aim market of the LSE with all that entails and Petro Matad update on the COVID virus holding up discussions on the Exploitation Licence in Mongolia. Jadestone give a trading and operational update, having acted with some caution this year JSE looks to be in a strong position to benefit next year.
Oil rose sharply last week as the markets went to risk-on after the vaccine news and potentially more positive news from Opec+ and maybe even Brexit...Block announce operational progress in Georgia and more success at new exploration well EVN-x1 is announced by President this morning. Helium One confirms stories about a £6m raise and amalgamation with Attis Oil & Gas Limited and Proposed Admission to AIM.
Oil has now gained nearly $3.50 on the week, the election result has taken risk off and whatever result occurs it looks like extreme policies are off limits. Helium One have solved their unquoted problem and will merge with tiny Attis and raise £5m, Scirocco comment on the process. And Deltic say that Shell remain committed to Pensacola and despite an extension still plan to drill 4Q 2021.