Oil is better today but likely down to further escalation of events in the Middle East. I note the RNS from Amerisur who note that the FSP is drawing to a close and for bidders to open their cheque books. Trinity say that the Trinidad budget is a net small loser but has opened the discussion on SPT which should help. Jersey Oil & Gas had a highly successful Capital Markets Day, after which I interviewed CEO Andrew Benitz. And I mention RBD, ZEN, and BPC.
JOG's interims show no surprises but ahead of the up-coming CMD there is much to assess during a very busy few months. At Reabold Resources California is still delivering with the potential for much more and canny investors should keep an eye on the UN as is starts the process of bring Syria back into the world.
The oil price has risen sharply this morning after Houthi rebels attacked Saudi installations with drones at the weekend. Whatever the fundamentals of the oil market this will not go unheeded. Savannah note that CNPC and the Niger Government have signed up for a 2,000 km pipeline from the Agadem Basin to the coast at Benin. Eco Atlantic along with Tullow have found more oil in Guyana, this time at their Joe-1 well in the Orinduik block. Reabold has increased its stake in Danube Petroleum to 41.6% via a subscription and Cluff has had inyerims but look in a good place.
Oil finished the week up and is nicely up again today. Hurricane has updated on the Lincoln Crestal well where flaring has indicated oil brought to surface in a DST. Petro Matad have found a very similar but better than expected oil find at Heron-1 which will now be tested. IOG have closed out their EUR 100m 5 year note and are ready to close the farm-out and go to FID for their SNS gas project. Reabold have also confirmed significant success at Parta in Romania whilst Touchstone has discovered substantial natural gas at its Ortoire block in Trinidad. Finally, Range has raised £750,000 as it carries on after the recent debt restructuring and RRTL sale.
Today is the interim Bucket List with a look at performance since February, the good the bad and the ugly and with two stocks dropping out to be replaced in the list.
On the move today will cover more later, in the meantime DGO confirms that the EdgeMarc Energy deal has been approved adding a modest but valuable portfolio to the company. Reabold and Union Jack have announced that testing at West Newton has resulted in what represents a potentially significant oil and gas discovery. This should be transformational for both companies. Finally PetroTal has 2Q figs but subsequent events are pushing the company fast forward with much more to come.
Oil is all over the place with America and China playing diplomatic tennis and now appearing to be making friends again. Today, DGO buy a small but important stake in gas gathering systems and Eco Atlantic have spudded Joe-1. Reabold have potentially very exciting news from Romania and Solo Oil are about to update their corporate presentation. Jadestone trim the guidance, mainly for the weather to be fair but still look in good nick whilst Providence and Lansdowne have extended their backstop.
Oil prices diverged but all eyes are on Jackson Hole tomorrow. Rockhopper has updated with news on Sea Lion where work has de-risked the project and Phase 1 resources have increased. Predator updates on Trinidad where the first workover has gone extremely well, making the project look increasingly attractive, finally RBD has increased its investment in Rathlin via a £1m investment which ups the exposure to West Newton.
Oil finished the week better but is a touch easier today. Predator has announced moves today in both Trinidad and Morocco and Tullow with Eco Atlantic have made a bonanza find offshore Guyana. Reabold and Union Jack have started testing at West Newton.
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.