Columbus has the opportunity to create exceptional shareholder value using the current producing Trinidad assets as its foundation. The new experience leadership team will implement robust cost control measures, introduce new decision making processes and build base production. This will create free cash which can then be invested in further production growth and add to both proven and prospective hydrocarbon reserves. Intelligent use of funds will allow the business to pace the company’s growth, making sure maximum value is created from our present market capitalization.
Whereas the producing assets will create the necessary cash for organic growth, the exploration portfolio is envisaged to create the opportunity to truly transform our business.
Columbus’ core values underpin and support our day to day activities and strategy for growth.
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Trinidad operations comprise of two main assets; the South West Peninsula licences and the Goudron Field.
The South West Peninsula represents the next stage of growth for Columbus and offers significant exploration, development and production optionality. The South West Peninsula is in close proximity to, and geologically a part of, the prolific East Venezuelan Basin – offering offshore potential from an onshore location.
South West Peninsula
Columbus, through its interests in Icacos, its wholly owned Cedros leases and its other Existing Lease and Future Leases, has approximately 8,700 acres in the SWP within which to explore. Columbus also has interest in existing producing assets that can support enhanced production activities, such as well recompletions and the drilling of new production wells.
Columbus has a fully funded 2018 work programme for the South West Peninsula which includes commencing a well reactivation programme in Q2 2018 on the Bonasse field, alongside undertaking further analysis of good quality 3D seismic and other data, with the first well potentially being drilled, subject to satisfactory technical analysis, in the first half of 2019.
On-trend structures offshore have yielded major oil fields, in excess of 200 million barrels, and it is Columbus’s view that similar structures may lie onshore beneath the SWP, presenting significant exploration opportunity in the area for Columbus. Any successful discovery/appraisal can be brought onto early production at a low cost due to the presence of existing Company operated oil production and sales capabilities and other locally available hydrocarbon infrastructure.
Company interpretations includes mapped multiple prospects of 20-400 million barrels in place and due to the fact wells can be drilled onshore, the costs per well will be significantly lower than equivalent depth wells offshore. It is anticipated that between 2-3 wells, targeting the shallower prospects, may be drilled on the licences initially at costs of around US$2-4 million per well, including wells targeting multiple stacked prospects, with the first well potentially being drilled, subject to satisfactory technical analysis, in the first half of 2019
Bonasse Oilfield (Columbus, 50%)
At present, Bonasse is intermittently producing at around 10 barrels of oil per day but with Columbus taking over operatorship, Columbus is confident that the existing 16 wells at Bonasse can be profitably rejuvenated at minimal capital expense from the Company’s existing cash resources in a manner similar to those successfully adopted on the Goudron field.
Icacos Oilfield (Columbus, 50%)
Located in the extreme southwest of Trinidad, the Icacos field is operated by the Territorial Services Group (a subsidiary of Touchstone Exploration Inc).
Cedros Leases (Columbus, 100%)
Located around the Icacos field within the south west peninsular and operated by Columbus.
Goudron field (Columbus, 100%)
Goudron is a high-quality oil field which lies between the East Moruga and Beach Marcelle fields in south-eastern Trinidad and has direct access to the Petrotrin oil export pipeline to the Point-a-Pierre refinery in western Trinidad.
From Goudron, Columbus has now become cashflow positive and continues to seek to optimise the fields production.
From the South West Peninsula and backed by production from Goudron, Columbus now finds itself in a cashflow positive position and plans for significant growth as it increases production and reserves in the South West Peninsula.
Using new technology and making investments in exploration, work-overs, new facilities and the ongoing EOR campaign and infill wells Columbus expects to substantially increase the production from its acreage in Trinidad in the next few years. Additional opportunities exist to add further assets in Trinidad from third party operators and there is untapped potential associated with each of Columbus’ fields.
Columbus seeks to maintain high quality relationships with all stakeholders and to be considered as a partner of choice in the ongoing development of onshore resources in Trinidad. The Trinidadian Minister of Finance recently stated that there were 3 billion barrels of oil to be recovered onshore in Trinidad and Columbus seeks to pay a leading role in that effort.
On the 27th January 2017 the Spanish Cabinet of Ministers informed the Company that its Licence extension application for the renewal of the La Lora Concession had been rejected. Contrary to advice obtained by the Company in Spain which suggested that there was a strong case for a renewal, the ultimate decision was taken on a purely legal, rather than commercial or technical basis and this was complicated by relevant petroleum laws changing several times between the granting of the initial licence and its expiry. As a consequence, the Concession terminated at midnight on 31 January 2017.
The Company is currently maintaining the Ayoluengo field on a care and maintenance basis but plans to participate in a tender exercise for a new concession which the Spanish Government plans to commence in 2Q/3Q 2018. The Company will either bid solely or with a partner and invites interested parties to contact the Company at [email protected] (for the attention of Tony Hawkins, Legal and M&A Director).
Mr. Leo Koot
Mr Koot is a Dutch national, currently residing in the UK, with over 28 years of industry experience. During his extensive career, he has run oil and energy businesses and has been an active board member, most recently with AIM listed Sterling Energy PLC as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.
Mr Koot's global energy experience includes his role as Managing Partner of MENA Gulf Investment Partners (Abu Dhabi), President of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company's TAQA Iraq and Managing Director of TAQA UK where he built the organization from a few people to an organization of over 2,000 staff and contractors and delivered a mature E&P operating company that managed 60,000 bopd production with US$1.7 billion in annual revenues.
Prior to TAQA, Mr Koot was CEO of Energy Development Partners an oil and gas business creating ways to match capital and resources with developing production, for which he helped raise a US$350 million private equity fund. Mr Koot has a Master in Petroleum Engineering and a business degree from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Tony Hawkins
Chief Executive Officer
Tony Hawkins is a commercial adviser and qualified lawyer of over 20 years' experience. His experience is in advising on and implementing large scale M&A and project developments. He also has experience in asset management and Legal & Regulatory compliance. These skills have been predominately in oil and gas but also in power, LNG and renewables. Prior to Columbus, Mr Hawkins was General Counsel & Head of Commercial for Sterling Energy plc, a London listed oil & gas company. He was also the company secretary. Prior to Sterling Energy, he spent 6 years at the upstream division of Centrica plc (a FTSE 100 listed utility). During this period, he spent 4 years working on Centrica’s oil & gas assets in Trinidad and gained significant experience of the regulatory and operational requirements of Trinidad. He holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and is an English qualified lawyer.
Mr. Gordon Stein
Chief Financial Officer
Gordon Stein is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and was the CFO of AIM-traded Madagascar Oil Limited from June 2013 to October 2016.
Mr Stein was previously CFO at Cadogan Petroleum plc which is an independent oil and gas exploration, development and production company with onshore gas and condensate assets in Ukraine. Preceding this, was CFO at Vanguard Energy Limited and Regal Petroleum plc. He has also held senior financial and operational management positions in Fairfield Energy Limited, Acorn Oil and Gas Limited, LASMO PLC, Monument Oil & Gas plc, Centrica plc and BG pc. Mr Stein has over 23 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector in the UK and internationally, including Ukraine, Tunisia, Venezuela, Algeria and Turkmenistan.
Mr. Michael Douglas
Michael has worked in the business consultancy sector for over 40 years.
He founded the Quo Group in 1993, a consultancy working globally specialising in behavioural change, performance management, customer service, talent management and leadership development. Over the last two decades Michael has positioned Quo as one of the world’s leading change specialist consultancies.
Previously He was Managing Partner for PA Consulting Group’s International People Practice where his responsibilities covered the Group’s Organisational Development, Pay & Rewards, Search & Selection, Advertising & Development and Process Enhancement activities.
Michael himself works extensively with ‘C Suite’ leadership teams where he fulfils the role as trusted adviser and coach, designing and leading major change assignments across an international portfolio of clients, spanning multiple sectors.
Michael chairs the Remuneration Committee and sits on the Audit Committee.
Subsequently in 1993 Mr Douglas founded the Quo Group, a consultancy specialising in behavioural change, performance and talent management, leadership development and executive coaching. Over two decades, Michael has positioned Quo as one of the world’s leading change specialists.
Michael himself works extensively with leadership teams where he fulfils the role as coach for senior executives across an international portfolio in many sectors.
Mr Douglas chairs the Remuneration Committee and sits on the Audit Committee.