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Petro Matad Ltd (MATD)


Monday 14 May, 2018

Petro Matad Ltd

Operational update

RNS Number : 8883N
Petro Matad Limited
14 May 2018



14 May 2018

Petro Matad Limited

("Petro Matad" or the "Company")

Operational Update

Petro Matad, the AIM quoted Mongolian oil explorer, is pleased to provide an operational update for its planned 2018 exploration drilling programme:




·     Environmental permitting for Snow Leopard 1 complete

·     Notice to mobilise the rig has been issued and site preparation is underway

·     Snow Leopard 1 in Block V (90MMbo resource potential), now expected to spud in July 2018

·     An attractive new prospect, Fox, with 200MMbo resource potential has been mapped on the

recently acquired Tugrug basin 3D seismic

·     Wild Horse prospect (Block IV) resource potential upgraded from 290MMbo to 490MMbo based on revised mapping and volumetric assessment



2018 drilling - Mobilisation underway


Permitting for the Snow Leopard 1 well has been completed and the notice to mobilise the rig has been issued to Sinopec. The rig and consumable materials are already in Mongolia. Sinopec is now moving logging and cementing units from China and will move all equipment to site once the drill site construction has been completed. Unfortunately, there has been a delay in obtaining foreign worker visas for the Sinopec drilling team and this will likely move the spud of Snow Leopard 1 into July 2018. This will not, however, impact Petro Matad's ability to drill both Snow Leopard and Wild Horse during the 2018 drilling season based on our best estimates of well duration.


Permitting for the Wild Horse 1 well is nearing completion. The Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment is approved and chemical permits are progressing. Completion of permitting should facilitate a seamless move from Snow Leopard 1 to Wild Horse 1, avoiding any unnecessary delay or standby costs.


On Block XX, the rig tender process has been completed and results are under review. Permitting is progressing smoothly and we are on schedule to drill in late Q3 or early Q4 2018 depending largely on the exact timing of rig availability.



Prospect evaluation - 3D seismic interpretation progressing, defining a new, attractive prospect in the Tugrug Basin


Interpretation of the Tugrug Basin 3D seismic volume is continuing. A well-defined structure in the basin centre, located within 5 kilometres of the Falcon fault terrace, has been worked up as a candidate for future drilling. The trap is large, with an area greater than 15 square kilometres comprising a dip closed fault bounded high with a thick section of what is interpreted to be Jurassic and Cretaceous reservoir and source rocks at its core. The prospect, named "Fox", has a prospective resource potential of 200MMbo.


The Tugrug Basin has excellent evidence of a working petroleum system with thick, rich source rocks outcropping on the basin margins and live oil shows in the basin edge TSC1 core hole. The Jurassic and Cretaceous reservoir rocks interpreted to be the primary target at Fox are ideally located to receive a charge from the Tugrug source kitchen, so the primary risk on the prospect is the effectiveness of the trap. A well of 3,500 - 4,000 metres TVD would be required on the prospect and work is underway to determine the best location. With permits needed for the location, Fox could be an excellent candidate for drilling in a 2019 exploration campaign and it has recently attracted the attention of companies reviewing the farm out. A number of parties remain engaged in the farm out data room.


In Block IV, a review by the Company's technical team of the Wild Horse prospect mapping and volumetrics has increased the prospective resource potential to 490MMbo from the previous estimate of 290MMbo.


Technical team strengthened - appointment of two senior geoscientists

The Petro Matad team has been strengthened with the addition of two highly experienced industry veterans: John Boast, Seismic Interpreter and Jerry Smart, Geological Consultant each with over 35 years of experience in upstream oil and gas.


Mike Buck, the CEO of Petro Matad said: "The Petro Matad team is very pleased to have started mobilisation to drill the first well, Snow Leopard 1, in our western acreage. Good progress has also been made in identifying additional prospects.

I would like also to welcome John and Jerry to the Petro Matad team. They are both are very experienced professionals and have already made an impact on our knowledge and understanding of our asset base and potential prospectivity." 

Further announcements will be made in due course.


For more information, please contact:


Petro Matad Limited

Mike Buck, CEO

+97 670 141 099 / +97 675 751 099

Stockdale Securities Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Richard Johnson

Andy Crossley

David Coaten

+44 (0) 20 7601 6100


Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Broker)

Callum Stewart

Nicholas Rhodes

Ashton Clanfield

+44 (0) 20 7710 7600


FTI Consulting (Communications Advisory Firm)

Edward Westropp

+44 (0) 20 3727 1521


All Reserves and Resources definitions and estimates shown in this report are based on the 2007 SPE/AAPG/WPC/SPEE Petroleum Resource Management System ("PRMS").

Technical information in this news release has been reviewed by the Company's Senior Geological Consultant, Mr. Jerry Smart, who has recently joined the Petro Matad team. He has 36 years of industry experience in oil and gas exploration and production with LASMO, Eni, Salamander Energy and Ophir Energy. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from King's College, London.



million barrels of oil

Prospective Resources

estimated volumes associated with undiscovered accumulations. These represent quantities of petroleum which are estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from oil and gas deposits identified on the basis of indirect evidence but which have not yet been drilled


true vertical depth


About Petro Matad

Petro Matad is the parent company of a group focussed on oil exploration, as well as future development and production in Mongolia. At the current time, Petro Matad holds the sole operatorship of three Production Sharing Contracts with the Government of Mongolia. Block XX has an area of 10,340 square kilometres in the far eastern part of the country, and Blocks IV and V have an area of 28,900 square kilometres and 21,100 square kilometres, respectively, in the southwest part of the country.

Petro Matad Limited is incorporated in the Isle of Man under company number 1483V. Its registered office is at Victory House, Prospect Hill, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1EQ.

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