Oil rallied and again today after a deal has been put to Iran regarding sanctions. Today Sound have updated from Morocco and detailed a farm-out process as well as a drilling programme.Union Jack has detailed the court process for the reduction and potential for dividends. I catch up on news from yesterday, Scirocco in Tanzania, Prospex, Lamprell and of course Kosmos.
Oil starts this week on the front foot after last weeks weakness and we remain in the current trading range. Results from Kosmos were in line and the company looks in good nick right now. Petrofac has won a $96m contract, much more to come I suspect. Finally Touchstone has made a discovery at Royston-1 with what to me looks like a potentially valuable hydrocarbon find.
Oil still rises, the IEA are no different to the others, it will be another good week. Zephyr announce that it is ready for the next phase at the Paradox Basin and Kosmos got the offering away at a very decent premium. Trinity are in-line with expectations and so are Gran Tierra.
Oil continues to rise, today the Opec and EIA reports show increased demand and reduced supplies which should have been expected all year. Russia have been hosting an Energy week at which both Putin and Novak made positive comments about the price of oil, $100, and the availability of gas when the Nordstream 2 pipeline comes in. Kosmos has bought stakes in Jubilee and TEN in Kenya from Oxy and i feature an interview with Andrew Austin at Kistos. Yesterday saw another excellent update from PetroTal who are at last on the move. I also look at the West Newton result and its implications for Union Jack Oil and Reabold Resources.
Oil fell hard, previous Saudi action to offset lower Asian demand as well as lower domestic demand as two major refineries remain closed hit the market. Kosmos has sold a package of assets to Shell and PetroTal hope to get the Bretana field up and running 'imminently'. Echo Energy has splashed out, albeit on the strap, on 4 gas compressors previously leased as well as bring back some shut-in production. Finally, in case you missed it in the late blog yesterday I rerun the link to my interview with Premier Oil CEO Tony Durrant.
Echo Energy is making costs cuts in order to hopefully be operationally more positive on cash flow at Santa Cruz Sur in Argentina. Meanwhile Kosmos has indicated some $100m of capex will probably fall as will the dividend, either way the company remains very strong.
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 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.
In today's blog I discuss the oil price, good news from Range Resources, a raise and a new team at Solo, FEED coming good at Infrastrata, an acquisition for Kosmos and the BPC CEO gets a new contract.
WTI $71.28 -21c, Brent $78.51 -79c, Diff -$7.23 -58c, NG $2.85 -1c Oil price A quiet day on Friday, crude still ended up on the week, WTI by 58c and ...