Operational and Strategic Update
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London, 31st March 2020
Operational and Strategic Update
Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC (LSE: NOG) (“Nostrum”, or “the Company”), an independent oil and gas company engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin, today announces an operational and Reserve Report update.
Kaat Van Hecke, Chief Executive Officer of Nostrum Oil & Gas, commented:
“In these challenging times, we remain focused on the safety of our people and have adapted our operations to ensure their continued welfare and to ensure we comply with all government guidelines in relation to COVID-19 in the countries we operate in. We are taking a prudent approach to running our business with a sharp focus on financial discipline and maintaining liquidity.
“At current oil prices we are able to cover our next coupon payment in Q3 2020 but recognise the precarious liquidity position of the Company and will therefore look to engage with our bondholders. Given the postponement of the Full Year results we are publishing the 2019 reserve report. Total reserves have reduced by 272mmboe. The reduction in reserves follows a significant amount of work carried out both internally and by third parties during 2019 to better understand the productivity of our reservoirs. We will continue to try to recover as many hydrocarbons as possible from Chinarevskoye field but the focus for filling our infrastructure has moved to obtaining more third-party volumes. This reserve downgrade will lead to a significant impairment being taken when we release our full year results.”
- 2020 average daily production as at 25 March 2020 above 23,000 boepd
- 2019 average daily production of 28,587 boepd (2018: 31,254 boepd) corresponding to average daily sales volumes of 26,671 boepd (2018: 29,516 boepd)
- GTU3, the Company’s third gas treatment unit, is complete and commissioned
- Focus remains on commercializing the spare capacity in this world-class gas processing infrastructure
- 46 wells in production as at 31 December 2019 – 20 oil wells and 26 gas-condensate wells
- Drilling halted for 2020
- 2P reserves at 138 mmboe – a reduction of 66.3% (2018: 410 mmboe)
- Current cash balance as of 25 March 2020: US$65m
- Q3 coupon payment covered at current oil prices
Strategic review and bondholder engagement
Nostrum commenced a strategic review on 24 June 2019 to optimise its value and that of its assets. A range of options, including a formal sale process (FSP) and the acquisition of Positive Invest, were evaluated and, as announced in January 2020, the Company will focus on (i) commercialising the spare capacity in its world-class gas processing infrastructure; (ii) lower-risk reservoir management and (iii) re-organising to a lower cost base. A comprehensive process was run to assess interest from potential acquirers of the Company and their ability to deliver an offer that could be recommended to shareholders. This has not led to any firm proposals being received and the Board does not believe there is merit in prolonging this process and therefore announces that the Company is no longer in a formal sales process pursuant to the Code. In addition the Board will not be presenting a shareholder circular in connection with the acquisition of Positive Invest given the current oil price environment and constraints on liquidity. As such, the Company has ceased to be in an “offer period” as defined in the Code. The disclosure requirements pursuant to Rule 8 of the Code are no longer applicable. The Company will now seek to engage with its bondholders regarding a possible restructuring of the Company’s outstanding bonds.
2019 Reserve report
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|Gross Company Reserves as of 31st December, 2019 Chinarevskoye Field|
|Gas (after shrink)||mmcf||130,905||8,932||19,970||159,807|
|Gas (after shrink)||boe||24,575,963||1,676,884||3,749,146||30,001,994|
|Gas (after shrink)||mmcf||0||11,363||231,358||242,721|
|Gas (after shrink)||boe||0||2,133,277||43,434,901||45,568,179|
|Gas (after shrink)||mmcf||130,905||20,295||251,328||402,528|
|Gas (after shrink)||boe||24,575,963||3,810,161||47,184,048||75,570,172|
Source: Ryder Scott
The 31 December 2019 Ryder Scott Reserve Report, for the Chinarevskoye Field, assumes a total of 45 Interventions, including new wells are planned between 2020-2026, which together with 46 existing producers, recover the estimated 2P reserves in the 31st December 2019 assessment. This compares to 72 interventions under the previous years’ report, approximately one-third less.
The Chinarevskoye field Interventions comprise 30 new wells, 2 sidetracks, 7 workovers and 6 non-rig re-completions for a total Drilling CAPEX estimate of $324mm, which compares with the previous 2019 estimate of $640mm.
Current reserves estimates are shown in Table 1. The Total 1P (Proven) case for Chinarevskoye is 54.3 mmboe comprising 43.4 mmboe for Proved Developed Producing (PDP) – from 46 current wells, 8.1 mmboe for the Proved Undeveloped (PUD) category and 2.8 mmboe for Proved Developed Non-Producing (PDNP). Overall Proven volumes are down by c. 46 mmboe due to 10.8 mmboe of 2019 production plus a reduction in Condensate Yields in the Biyski-Afoninski reservoir, to reflect current observed and expected rates and a reduction in Tournasian wells and water-flood performance.
The Chinarevskoye 2P (Proven plus Probable) volume is 138 mmboe, with the majority of Probable Undeveloped Reserves associated with the development of the Biyski-Afoninski West, North-East and North-West reservoirs. The 2P volumes are reduced by 156 mmboe compared to last year’s report. Offsetting some of the above reductions are inclusion of volumes for Frasnian North, Filippovski gas-condensate and the Biyski North-East low-pressure production system (LPS II).
The three fields which together make up the Trident project are now entirely classified as resources. A total of 116 mmboe Probable Reserves for Rostoshinskoye and Darinskoye in the 31/12/2018 reserves report has been moved into the Contingent Resource category pending further appraisal.
The Ryder Scott Reserves Reports as of 31 December 2019 purely looks at the economics of a possible field development to extract the maximum number of reserves at a US$65 long-term oil price.
All of the information provided does not take into account the repayment of the company’s liabilities as they come due in 2022 and 2025. It also does not take into account any short-term impact on the liquidity position of Nostrum as a result of fluctuations in the oil price.
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About Nostrum Oil & Gas
Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC is an independent oil and gas company currently engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin. Its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: NOG). The principal producing asset of Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC is the Chinarevskoye field, in which it holds a 100% interest and is the operator through its wholly-owned subsidiary Zhaikmunai LLP. In addition, Nostrum Oil & Gas holds a 100% interest in and is the operator of the Rostoshinskoye, Darinskoye and Yuzhno-Gremyachenskoye oil and gas fields through the same subsidiary. Located in the pre-Caspian basin to the north-west of Uralsk, these exploration and development fields are situated between approximately 60 and 120 kilometres from the Chinarevskoye field.
Some of the statements in this document are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the intent, belief and current expectations of the Company or its officers with respect to various matters. When used in this document, the words “expects”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “may”, “will”, “should” and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are not promises or guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those suggested by any such statements.
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