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.
A huge rally yesterday, all given back this morning after another indifferent inventory situation. Petro Matad have got provisional approval for the Heron-1 well which should restart any time soon. IOG has brought forward and increased capex which should reward but also means the bond raise goes up from £70m to £88m. Touchstone results were as expected and Coho-1 is now the key, Zenith has also commenced drilling ops at Jafarli in Azerbaijan.
It has been a bad week for crude oil but yesterday, and so far today, oil is rallying from the lows created by trade wars and grim EIA inventory stats. Amerisur seem to be moving fast with the FSP with a number of companies signed up and Providence and Lansdowne have the approval to get underway at Barryroe but so far no dosh to do it with. I catch up on Touchstone who spudded on the key Ortoire block and Block who are preparing for 38Z but all people want to know is the production rate on 16aZ…
Oil fell sharply yesterday ending two dollars off the peak after the comments from China, probably no time to panic though. Another good statement from Amerisur who have production up, success in Platanillo and have just spudded Sol-1. IGas AGM statement is also very positive and the shares have fallen way too far, wait for Springs Road and further gas demand data. Finally Touchstone has announced good 1Q figures but its all about Ortoire in this quarter.
Oil is rallying again, mainly due to Venezuela being totally shut in due to power blackouts and with the API, despite reporting a build in crude oil showed further draws in products. An operating update from Echo is quite muted, the big stuff from Tapi Aike will come later in the year and Touchstone produce decent results with good netbacks. Finally Getech are handling tough industry conditions very well and report very creditable numbers in their pre-close update today.
The oil price is steady with positive fundamentals helping out and the chartists like the look of it too if it consolidates above these levels. Petrofac announced a big contract in Algeria yesterday which makes them even more undervalued whilst Far’s annual report is full of goodies. Finally Touchstone has an operational update with good production numbers and preparing to drill at Ortoire.
Presidents Day meant that trade was thin and so the market rose gently on lower production stories. DGO are continuing to sort out its decommissioning programme, this time in Kentucky whilst Touchstone has raised money for a well in the Ortoire property which if it came in would be very substantial.
A rally in crude as China starts to ‘stabilise’ its economy. For RBD and Upland a disappointment as the Wick exploration well was dry and from yesterday a comment on Ophir and Touchstone.
A funny week comes to an end, downward pressure on the oil price, a bit better this morning. A word about Frontera after the positive presentation and a catch up on RockRose and Touchstone. I’ve been running around interviewing and meeting people this week and there are at least three links today.
A slight fall in the oil price with a strong greenback and a better view on Opec production from the group itself. Faroe farm-in to a block in the UKCS is news itself and results from Touchstone show production still increasing.