The oil price is unchanged today so remains at highly satisfactory levels above $40. A highly optimistic announcement from the West Newton operator Rathlin shows just how exciting this might be and that the preparations are well underway for a campaign with what I consider to be significant upside for UJO and RBD.
Oil remains range-bound which is no bad thing right now. San Leon has announced a cracker of a deal which has triple benefits and shareholders should like. IOG update again, this time on the award of the Phase 1 platform contract to HSM Offshore. Sound topped up their recent raise with £725,000 from the broker option. Union Jack Oil announce that Egdon have updated at Wressle and that the UJO acquisition of a further 12.5% of PEDL 180 and 182 has been approved by the OGA.
Oil is range-bound and being held up by a weak greenback offset by continuing poor virus numbers. Genel announce that they have received payments from the KRG amounting to $9.8m whilst Union Jack announce OGA approval for their top-up of their Biscathorpe stake. Finally Gulf Keystone have received a net $7.6m from the KRG.
Oil has drifted, little news from oil but the knock-on effect of an increase in the COVID-19 has taken its toll slightly. Savannah has extended its results until July due to COVID in its operations but gives a strong update to end May. Far are waiting on the operator of their Senegal asset as they reduce capex but for the time being Far are in technical default. Solo have also had local problems on delivering results but also say that they are in a strong position at the moment. Union Jack has swooped for a 3% stake in Biscathorpe taking them to 30% of this exciting project. Finally Petrofac has seen adverse reaction to the virus and the oil price but they are cutting costs and look very strong longer term.
Oil rallied a bit yesterday and has risen modestly today, a more positive report from the IEA showing increased compliance and some demand recovery is responsible. I look at the PetroTal results which have been rather overtaken by events but prove how operationally well they did in 2019. Union Jack and Reabold have announced that the Carbon Intensity Study at West Newton rates the project as AA for carbon intensity, significantly better than the UK average. I catch up with Touchstone where final testing data and analysis from the Cascadura well is exceptionally good. I also catch up on recent events at GMS, looking very interesting at the moment.
The Opec+ meeting went ahead as planned and delivered a one month extension, maybe not as much as planned but included monitoring Iraq and Nigeria. Today sees Dr Robert Trice leaving Hurricane, the company he founded and is still very much work in progress. At Echo Energy the company show increased production and a number of opportunities for workover and intervention to add modest production cheaply and quickly. Also in another very good deal, Union Jack up their stake in Wressle accretive and with a cash break-even at c.$17.62pb.
Oil remains precarious as traders watch the physical market and try to figure what USO are up to...I catch up on news yesterday from Reabold and Union Jack from West Newton as well as President Energy. I also take a look at Block Energy where selling from Georgia Oil & Gas may be creating opportunities...
Oil fell again on Friday but the week wasn't actually as bad as previous weeks. Down again today on supply worries although talk about a deal is beginning to emerge. Good nes today from Egdon and Union Jack and Tower take Force Majeure in Cameroon.
Touchstone raises £9m, Reabold/UJO slightly behind at West Newton, Falcon has more success in the NT and BPC take on £8m more debt.
A poor week for oil as the Corona virus has the potential to hit growth which was just starting to show signs of green shoots. Today I look at Columbus where the statement has confused the market but signs are that the management is a touch more positive. Getech has also at first sight disappointed but its not all bad news, costs are down and margins are holding at 47%. Finally for UK onshore a number of pieces of good news have excited a number of stocks.