Zenith Energy - Capital Network: Encouraging Progress in Azerbaijan
Zenith Energy (LON:ZEN) provided an update on the redevelopment project in Azerbaijan. The update included the results of the successful perforation of unexploited pay zones in well C-21 in the Jafarli field, as well as the start of the workover on well Z-28 in the Zardab field. We are encouraged by the outcome of the work undertaken on C-21 where the application of new technology to identify new pay zones enabled the company to raise production by 35 bbl/d, in excess of the target of 15 bbl/d per well over the scope of the project. Although it has no impact on our 41p valuation of Zenith (LON:ZEN), continuing to demonstrate successful progress will be essential to secure the necessary financing to ramp up operations in the near future, as per the development plan.
Zenith (LON:ZEN) is current redeveloping the Muradkhnali, Jafarli and Zardab oil fields, which form the largest onshore oilfield of Azerbaijan. The fields were discovered and brought to production in the 1970s; Zenith intends to apply new technology to recover some 33 MMbbl of additional oil reserves potential (Figure 1).
Our valuation of 41p remains unchanged. However, we do believe that demonstrating continuing successful progress will be essential to secure the necessary financing to ramp up operations in the near future, as per the development plan. We identified a financing gap of $35M from the cash flow projections in the CPR, which will need to be financed, most likely through a mix of equity and debt. We reckon that such success enable both existing and potential investors in Zenith to gain increased confidence in the ability of the Company to manage what is a significant undertaking.
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