Gas Sales Agreement
30 October 2019
Block Energy Plc
("Block" or the "Company")
Gas Sales Agreement
Block Energy Plc, the exploration and production company focused on the Republic of Georgia, is pleased to announce it has entered into a gas sales agreement ("the Agreement") with Bago LLC ("Bago"), one of the largest private gas suppliers and purchasers in Georgia, for the offtake of gas produced at the Company's flagship West Rustavi field ("West Rustavi" or "the Field").
Under the terms of the Agreement, which runs until 31 December 2022, Bago will purchase gas produced from the Field at a price of US$5.24 per MCF. Bago will also pay for the costs of installing the infrastructure necessary to connect the gas produced from the Field to Georgia's gas distribution network. West Rustavi has gross, unrisked 2C contingent gas resources of 608 BCF in the Eocene and Cretaceous formations. The Agreement, which follows a Memorandum of Understanding announced on 5 October 2018, was finalised following Bago's appraisal of gas samples from the Field. Sales are expected to commence during Q1 2020.
Free and associated gas is currently being flared from well WR-16aZ under a temporary permit issued by the Georgian state. Block is pursuing a multi-well programme designed to realise West Rustavi's oil and gas potential, including the sidetracking of a second well, WR-38Z, updip and analogous to WR-16aZ, targeting the same Upper and Middle Eocene formations. Block also plans to sidetrack three other wells, test one of the Field's gas discoveries, and drill a new gas well during its campaign. The Company is also acquiring a 3D seismic survey to provide a critical understanding of West Rustavi's subsurface, allowing identification of optimal locations for future drilling.
Block Energy Chief Executive Officer Paul Haywood said:
"We are delighted to sign this Agreement with Bago, one of Georgia's largest domestic private gas traders with ready access to extensive infrastructure capable of handling large volumes of gas. West Rustavi is the site of multiple historic gas discoveries, which we will test in the course of our work programme. When we have made further progress with our campaign, we look forward to providing guidance for West Rustavi oil and gas production for 2020."
Roger McMechan, Technical Director, has reviewed the reserve, resource and production information contained in this announcement. Mr McMechan has a BSc in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada and is a Professional Engineer registered in Alberta.
This announcement contains inside information which is disclosed in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation which came into effect on 3 July 2016.
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Block Energy Plc
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Notes to editors
Block Energy is an AIM-listed independent oil and gas company focused on production and development in the Republic of Georgia, applying innovative technology to realise the full potential of previously discovered fields. The company is pursuing a fully-funded, multi-well programme through 2019/20 designed to convert contingent resources to reserves, and reserves to revenue.
The Company has a 100% working interest in the highly prospective West Rustavi onshore oil and gas field with multiple wells that have tested oil and gas from a range of geological horizons. The Field has so far produced 50 Mbbls of light sweet crude, and has 0.9 MMbbls of gross 2P oil reserves in the Middle Eocene. It also has 38 MMbbls of gross 2C contingent resources of oil and 608 BCF of gross, unrisked 2C contingent resources of gas in the Middle, Upper and Lower Eocene formations (Source: CPR Gustavson Associates: 1 January 2018).
Block also holds 100% and 90% working interests in the onshore oil producing Norio and Satskhenisi fields.
The Company offers a clear entry point for investors to gain exposure to Georgia's growing economy and strong regional demand for oil and gas.
1. Block is using the suffix 'Z' in a well number to indicate a horizontal sidetrack.
2. Wells have been referred to as '16aZ' and '38Z' in previous updates. The Company is now prefixing well numbers with the initials of the field in which they are located. '16aZ' at West Rustavi, for example, is now referred to as 'WR-16aZ'.
3. bbls and bbl/d: barrels and barrels per day. A barrel is 35 imperial gallons.
4. Mbbls: thousand barrels.
5. MMbbls: million barrels.
6. MCF: thousand cubic feet.
7. BCF: billion cubic feet.
8. updip: located up the slope of a dipping plane or surface.
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