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RNS Number : 2152A
88 Energy Limited
20 January 2020
 

20 January 2020

 

88 Energy Limited

 

QUARTERLY REPORT

 

Report on Activities for the Quarter ended 31 December 2019

 

The Directors of 88 Energy Limited ("88 Energy" or the "Company", ASX & AIM:88E) provide the following report for the quarter ended 31 December 2019. 

 

Highlights

 

Project Icewine

·    Farm-out with Premier Oil Plc ("Premier") finalised and completion documents executed in the quarter;

·    The Alaska Department of Natural Resources approved the Plan of Operations for the Charlie-1 appraisal well in November 2019;

·    Permit to Drill submitted - approval expected in January 2020; and

·    All other contracting and logistical work is proceeding as planned ahead of the scheduled February 2020 spud date.

 

Yukon Acreage

·    Discussions continue with nearby resource owners to optimise the monetisation strategy of the acreage; and

·    Permitting underway ahead of potential drilling in 2021 - subject to farm-out.

 

Western Blocks

·    Assessment of strategy for future of leases underway.

 

Project Icewine

 

·   Project Icewine Conventional

 

Farm-out Update

 

All conditions precedent to the farm-out agreement between 88 Energy, Premier and Burgundy Xploration, signed in August 2019, have been satisfied. Consequently, execution of the final agreements took place on 26th November 2019.

 

Operations Update

 

88 Energy, via its 100% owned subsidiary Accumulate Energy Alaska, Inc ("Accumulate"), executed a rig contract with Nordic-Callista Services just prior to the beginning of the quarter, to utilise Rig-3 for the upcoming drilling of the Charlie-1 appraisal well. 88 Energy utilised Rig-3 for the drilling of the Winx-1 well in March 2019 and was extremely pleased with its safe and efficient performance throughout the course of operations.

 

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources approved the Plan of Operations for the Charlie-1 appraisal well on 22nd November. The Plan of Operations is one of the key major permits required for drilling.

 

The Permit to Drill was submitted prior to the end of 2019, as planned, and approval is expected towards the end of January. This is the last major permit required prior to spud of the Charlie-1 well.

 

As per the farm-out agreement, initial cash call was receipted into the Joint Venture account in December 2019.

 

All other contracting and logistical work is proceeding as planned ahead of the scheduled February 2020 spud date.

 

About the Charlie-1 Appraisal Well

 

The Charlie-1 appraisal well has been designed as a step out appraisal of a well drilled in 1991 by BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc called Malguk-1. Malguk-1 encountered oil shows with elevated resistivity and mud gas readings over multiple horizons during drilling but was not tested due to complications towards the end of operations, which resulted in lack of time before the close of the winter drilling season. It was also drilled using vintage 2D seismic, which was insufficient to adequately determine the extent of any of the prospective targets encountered.

 

88 Energy subsequently undertook revised petrophysical analysis, which identified what is interpreted as bypassed pay in the Malguk-1 well. 88E also completed acquisition of modern 3D seismic in 2018, in order to determine the extent of the discovered oil accumulations. Charlie-1 will intersect seven stacked prospects, four of which are interpreted as oil bearing in Malguk‑1 and are therefore considered appraisal targets. 88 Energy will operate Charlie-1, via its 100% owned subsidiary Accumulate Energy Alaska, Inc, with cost of the well to be funded by Premier Oil Plc up to US$23m under the recent farm-out agreement. Drilling is scheduled to commence in February 2020 with flow testing anticipated to conclude in April 2020. The total Gross Mean Prospective Resource across the seven stacked targets to be intersected by Charlie-1 is 1.6 billion barrels of oil (480 million barrels net to 88E). Refer announcement dated 23rd August.

 

Cautionary Statement: The estimated quantities of petroleum that may be potentially recovered by the application of a future development project relate to undiscovered accumulations. These estimates have both an associated risk of discovery and a risk of development. Further exploration, appraisal and evaluation are required to determine the existence of a significant quantity of potentially movable hydrocarbons.

 

·   Project Icewine Unconventional

 

Assessment of material from regional wells ongoing in order to conduct additional FIB-SEM analysis to confirm improved effective porosity and connectivity.

 

Additional analysis to be complimented by results from the Charlie-1 well, with the well designed to penetrate HRZ and gather additional data which will complement the ongoing additional analysis being conducted.

 

The Joint Venture plans to conduct a formal farm-out process to fund further appraisal.

 

Yukon Leases

 

Discussions are ongoing with nearby lease owners to optimise the monetisation strategy for existing discovered resources located in the vicinity of the Yukon Leases. The Yukon Leases contain the 86 million barrel Cascade Prospect*, which was intersected peripherally by Yukon Gold-1, drilled in 1994, and classified as an historic oil discovery. 88 Energy recently acquired 3D seismic (2018) over Cascade and, on final processing and interpretation, high-graded it from a lead to a drillable prospect. The Yukon Leases are located adjacent to ANWR and in close proximity to recently commissioned infrastructure.

 

Permitting underway ahead of possible drilling in 2021 - subject to farm-out.

 

* Refer announcement 7th November 2018

 

Cautionary Statement: The estimated quantities of petroleum that may be potentially recovered by the application of a future development project relate to undiscovered accumulations. These estimates have both an associated risk of discovery and a risk of development. Further exploration, appraisal and evaluation are required to determine the existence of a significant quantity of potentially movable hydrocarbons.

 

Western Blocks

 

Assessment of strategy for future of leases underway, ahead of lease expiry in May 2021.

 

Corporate

The ASX Appendix 5B attached to this report contains the Company's cash flow statement for the quarter.  The significant cash flows for the period were:

·    Exploration and evaluation expenditure totalled A$4.0m (gross), primarily associated with lease rentals and expenditure associated with the upcoming Charlie-1 appraisal well;

·    Cash call proceeds received from Joint Venture partners totalled $12.4m;

·    Payments in relation to the debt facility interest totalled A$0.6m (US$0.4m); and

·    Administration and other operating costs A$0.9m (Sept'19 Quarter A$1.1m).

 

At the end of the quarter, the Company had cash reserves of A$15.9m, including cash balances held in Joint Venture bank accounts relating to Joint Venture Partner contributions totalling A$10.7m.

 

Information required by ASX Listing Rule 5.4.3:

 

Project Name

Location

Area (acres)

Interest at beginning of Quarter

Interest at end of Quarter

 

 

 

Project Icewine

Onshore, North Slope Alaska

~482,000

64%

64%1

Yukon Gold

Onshore, North Slope Alaska

15,235

100%

100%

Western Blocks

Onshore, North Slope Alaska

22,711

36%

36%

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Assignment of interest to Premier in Project Icewine Area A completed in Q4 2019.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the ASX Listing Rules Chapter 5 and the AIM Rules for Companies, the technical information and resource reporting contained in this announcement was prepared by, or under the supervision of, Dr Stephen Staley, who is a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Dr Staley has more than 35 years' experience in the petroleum industry, is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and a qualified Geologist / Geophysicist who has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style and nature of the oil prospects under consideration and to the activities discussed in this document. Dr Staley has reviewed the information and supporting documentation referred to in this announcement and considers the prospective resource estimates to be fairly represented and consents to its release in the form and context in which it appears. His academic qualifications and industry memberships appear on the Company's website and both comply with the criteria for "Competence" under clause 3.1 of the Valmin Code 2015. Terminology and standards adopted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers "Petroleum Resources Management System" have been applied in producing this document.

 

Media and Investor Relations:

 

88 Energy Ltd

Dave Wall, Managing Director                                   Tel: +61 8 9485 0990

Email: [email protected] 

Finlay Thomson, Investor Relations                         Tel: +44 7976 248471

 

Hartleys Ltd

Dale Bryan                                                                  Tel: + 61 8 9268 2829

 

Cenkos Securities

Neil McDonald/Derrick Lee                                        Tel: +44 131 220 6939

 

This announcement contains inside information.

 

A pdf copy of this Quarterly Report, including the following figures and graphics, is available at

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/2152A_1-2020-1-17.pdf

·    Graph Showing Charlie-1: Seven Stacked Horizons

·    Table Showing Charlie-1 Targets

 

 

Appendix 5B

 

Mining exploration entity and oil and gas exploration entity quarterly report

 

Introduced 01/07/96  Origin Appendix 8  Amended 01/07/97, 01/07/98, 30/09/01, 01/06/10, 17/12/10, 01/05/13, 01/09/16

 

Name of entity

88 Energy Limited

ABN

 

Quarter ended ("current quarter")

80 072 964 179

 

31 December 2019

 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

Current quarter $A'000

Year to date (12 months)
$A'000

1.

Cash flows from operating activities

-

-

1.1

Receipts from customers

1.2

Payments for

(4,043)

(30,711)

 

(a)   exploration & evaluation

 

(b)   development

-

-

 

(c)   production

-

-

 

(d)   staff costs

(465)

(1,710)

 

(e)   administration and corporate costs

 (466)

 (1,757)

1.3

Dividends received (see note 3)

-

-

1.4

Interest received

1

23

1.5

Interest and other costs of finance paid

(595)

(2,396)

1.6

Income taxes paid

-

-

1.7

Research and development refunds

-

-

1.8

Other (JV Partner Contributions)

12,387

23,860

1.9

Net cash from / (used in) operating activities

6,819

(12,691)

 

2.

Cash flows from investing activities

-

-

2.1

Payments to acquire:

 

(a)   property, plant and equipment

 

(b)   tenements (see item 10)

-

(52)

 

(c)   investments

-

-

 

(d)   other non-current assets

-

-

2.2

Proceeds from the disposal of:

-

-

 

(a)   property, plant and equipment

 

(b)   tenements (see item 10)

-

-

 

(c)   investments

-

-

 

(d)   other non-current assets

-

-

2.3

Cash flows from loans to other entities

-

-

2.4

Dividends received (see note 3)

-

-

2.5

Other:  a)  Bond Returned - State of Alaska

            b)  JV Partner Contribution - Bond

            c)  Bond Paid - State of Alaska

-

-

(659)

4,251

(2,549)

(659)

2.6

Net cash from / (used in) investing activities

(659)

991

 

3.

Cash flows from financing activities

-

6,530

3.1

Proceeds from issues of shares

3.2

Proceeds from issue of convertible notes

-

-

3.3

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