Block Energy PLC - New Corporate Presentation

16th July 2018, 08:45

RNS Number : 7319U
Block Energy PLC
16 July 2018
 

Block Energy Plc / Index: AIM / Epic: BLOE.L / Sector: Oil and Gas

16 July 2018

Block Energy Plc ('Block', 'the Company' or 'the Group')

New Corporate Presentation

 

Block Energy Plc, the exploration and production company focused on the Republic of Georgia, is pleased to announce that the Company's new corporate presentation is now available to view on Block's website.

 

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For further information visit www.blockenergy.co.uk or contact:

 

Paul Haywood

Executive Director

Block Energy Plc

Tel: +44 (0) 203 053 3631

Neil Baldwin

(Nominated Adviser)

Spark Advisory Partners Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 203 368 3554

Colin Rowbury

(Joint Corporate Broker)

Novum Securities Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)207 399 9427

Craig Fraser

(Joint Corporate Broker)

Baden Hill LLP

Tel: +44 (0) 207 933 8731

Frank Buhagiar / Juliet Earl

(Financial PR)

St Brides Partners Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 207 236 1177

 

Notes:

Block Energy (BLOE.L) is an AIM traded oil and gas company with a growing portfolio of production, development and exploration assets in the Republic of Georgia.  Block holds a 100% Working Interest ('WI') in the producing Norio licence, a 90% WI in the producing Satskhenisi licence and a 25% WI in the West Rustavi licence with the right to farm-in to up to a 75% WI in the Licence.  Block's three licences lie in the heart of the Schlumberger's 100% owned strategic position in the prolific Kura basin, which at its peak produced ~70,000 barrels of oil per day ('bopd') in Georgia and is estimated to hold over 7 billion barrels of proven reserves in Azerbaijan and North Caucasus (Russia).

 

The licences currently hold net proven oil reserves of 1.5 million barrels plus 60 million barrels of oil and c.600 billion cubic feet ('bcf') of gas classified as 2C contingent resources.  The West Rustavi permit, in which Block has just increased its stake in, has proven reserves and gross, unrisked contingent resources ('2C') of 608 BCF gas and 37.9MMBbls of oil.   It has multiple gas discoveries have already been made in the Lower Eocence and Upper Cretaceous within the Licence, which lie on trend to the same play currently being targeted by Schlumberger on neighbouring licence, Block XIb. The estimated cost of gas development and production at West Rustavi is c.US$2.00/Mcf which equates to operating netbacks of c.US$2.6/Mcf (assuming a 75% working interest) - Georgia currently purchases its gas for c.US$5.5 /Mcf (c.US$600m project value to the Company). 

 

West Rustavi's development is being conducted contemporaneously with the development of the producing Norio (100% WI) and Satskhenisi licences (90% WI) which provide immediate production uplift on commencement of field operations in Q3.  The near-term target is to raise production to 900 bopd from 15 bopd within 18 months via a low cost, low risk workover and sidetrack programme of existing wells, and then utilise cashflow to drill horizontal wells and sidetracks to rapidly raise production to c.2,000.  Oil production on the fields offers excellent netbacks, with the current cost of production of c.US$25 per barrel providing netbacks of c. US$30-35 per barrel.


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