Salamander Energy plc issues the following Interim Management Statement for the period from 1 January 2012 to 16 May 2012.
- 2012 average production forecast maintained at 12-13,000 boepd
- Producing assets performance in line with expectations
- Ensco-53 rig currently drilling in block B8/38, a short programme of development and exploration drilling in and around Bualuang field expected to be completed by end June 2012
- Tutung Alpha-3 well drilling ahead in Bontang PSC, Indonesia
- Rig procurement programme
- Atwood Mako rig signed on a long term contract for drilling in the Gulf of Thailand
- Negotiations at an advanced stage for a semi-submersible rig for North Kutei drilling
- Announced $212 million fully underwritten rights issue with dealings in the new Ordinary Shares (fully paid) to commence today
Exploration and Appraisal
The Group completed one appraisal well during the period, the Dong Mun-3 well in block L27/43, Northeast Thailand. The well flow tested at a rate of 15 MMscfd and has been suspended as a future producer. The Operator is now preparing to file for commerciality.
Offshore in block B8/38 in the Gulf of Thailand, development drilling with the Ensco-53 rig on the Bualuang platform is underway and the Bualuang Far East prospect will be tested as part of the current drilling campaign.
In Block G4/50, surrounding the B8/38, the Group completed a 3D seismic survey in 1Q 2012 and has identified over 25 prospect and lead areas. Interpretation of the 3D data is ongoing and the prospects will be firmed up ahead of planned exploration drilling commencing in 2H 2012.
The Group has continued its technical analysis of the North Kutei basin and has mapped approximately 20 leads and prospects. ISIS Petroleum Consultants have completed an independent assessment of the resource potential in the North Kutei basin and estimate that the four most mature prospects contain gross mean unrisked prospective resource of 676 MMboe (534 MMboe net to Salamander). The Group is part of a consortium that is negotiating an LOI for the Ocean General semi-submersible rig and expects to drill four prospects on its acreage in this basin starting in 4Q 2012.
Also on the Bontang PSC, the Group is currently drilling the Tutung Alpha-3 appraisal well on its Tutung gas condensate discovery.
Production and Development
The Group’s producing assets have performed broadly to plan. Production for the four months up to end April 2012 averaged 10,308 boepd. The Group re-iterates its average production forecast for 2012 of 12-13,000 bopd.
In Thailand, the construction of the Group’s Bualuang Bravo Well-head Platform continued to schedule during the period, and is expected for delivery and installation during the third quarter of 2012. The current development drilling programme, together with an extended development drilling campaign from the new platform planned for later in the year is expected to drive increased volumes from the Bualuang field in the second half of the year. The Group has signed a 12 month extendable contract for the new build Atwood Mako jack up rig. The rig is expected to be ready for mobilisation to the Greater Bualuang area in 3Q 2012.
During the first quarter the Group reported its year-end 2011 proved and probable (“2P”) reserves position, which included an upgrade of 2 MMbo in the main Bualuang field and an addition of 8 MMbo from the East Terrace discovery.
The Group made its first reserve bookings on the Kerendan field with 19.0 MMboe of 2P reserves being booked at year end 2011. The DrillCo-1 land rig is currently being mobilised to the Kerendan field and is expected to be fully rigged up on location during June 2012. It will complete a development drilling programme on the Kerendan field consisting of three wells. Meanwhile, the gas processing facilities have received Indonesian government approval and are planned to be constructed ready to deliver first gas during 2013.
On 27 April 2012 the Group announced a $212 million rights issue with the new Ordinary Shares to start trading (fully paid) today.
At 30 April 2012, total Group debt (prior to receipt of funds from the Rights Issue), including the $100 million convertible bond, was $276 million, total available funds were $69.4 million, and net debt (including the convertible bond) was $206.6million.
As announced on 24 January 2012, the Group appointed Dr Carol Bell as a non-executive Director. Carol enjoyed a successful career in the City, as a Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Oil & Gas Group, Head of European Equity Research at JP Morgan and several years as an equity research analyst in the oil and gas sector at Credit Suisse First Boston and UBS Phillips & Drew.
James Menzies, Chief Executive Officer
Geoff Callow, Head of Corporate Affairs
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Salamander Energy is an independent upstream oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: SMDR) and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. The Group is focused on growth assets in and around three core areas: Greater Bualuang, Gulf of Thailand; North Kutei, Indonesia; and Greater Kerendan, Indonesia. In each of these areas the Group has a material, operated position and a detailed understanding of the petroleum systems of the basin.
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