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Monday 22 October, 2018

President Energy PLC

Drilling update at Puesto Flores field, Argentina

RNS Number : 6852E
President Energy PLC
22 October 2018
 

22 October 2018

 

PRESIDENT ENERGY PLC

("President", "the Company" or "the Group")

 

Drilling update at Puesto Flores field, Rio Negro Province, Argentina

 

President Energy (AIM: PPC), the upstream oil and gas company with a diverse portfolio of production and exploration assets focused primarily in Argentina, provides an update on its current drilling programme at the Puesto Flores/Estancia Vieja Concession in Rio Negro Province, Argentina (President 90% and operator - EDHIPSA 10%).

 

The PFO 1001 development well at the Puesto Flores field, being the first of a three well sequence, has now been successfully drilled, cased, cemented and logged on time and on budget and is now awaiting completion with a workover rig. The results obtained to date are at the upper end of expectations.

 

The well was drilled to a total vertical depth of 2,359m with oil shows in at least three different formations, cuttings demonstrating bright yellow flourecence under UV light and live oil coming to surface over the shakers. Commendable peak gas readings while drilling reached up to nearly 1 million ppm with the range of C1 to C5 gas present.

 

As well as the mud logs, a full suite of electronic logs were successfully obtained showing hydrocarbon presence in the primary Punta Rosada formation as well as in the deeper Pre Cuyo and shallower Lotena formations. According to the logs net pay is above 23m with good to excellent porosity ranging from over 18% to some 25%, the latter importantly being in the primary target zone, with original pressure and good permeability.

 

A completion rig will be mobilised for early November to test and complete the well where upon it will be tied in as a producer. At that stage a further announcement on flow rates will be made.

 

After a detailed inspection and rig repairs, the drilling rig is now moving on to the next well, PFE 1001, which is expected to spud shortly.

 

Peter Levine, Chairman and Chief executive commented:

"Whilst the acid test is that of flow rates which we anticipate for November, the delivery of a successfully drilled well and the results so far obtained are all very encouraging.

 

"When we commenced this three well programme, we stated that we were targeting an initial 600bopd contribution in aggregate from those three wells. Whilst we still need to complete this well successfully and drill and complete the next two, based on the evidence to date, we now view the achievement of this target with increasing confidence."

 

Victor Linari, Master in Geology and Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, who meets the criteria of qualified persons under the AIM guidance note for mining and oil and gas companies, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this announcement.

 

Contact:

 

President Energy PLC

Peter Levine, Chairman, Chief Executive

Rob Shepherd, Group FD

 

 

+44 (0) 207 016 7950

 

finnCap (Nominated Advisor & Joint Broker)

Christopher Raggett, Scott Mathieson

 

 

+44 (0) 207 220 0573

BMO Capital Markets (Joint Broker)

Jeremy Low, Tom Rider

 

 

 +44 (0) 207 236 1010

 

Camarco Financial PR

Billy Clegg, Jane Glover, Violet Wilson

 

+44 (0) 203 757 4980

 

 

Glossary

Bopd-barrels of oil per day

Ppm- Parts per million

C1-C5- Hydrocarbon gasses ranging from C1 lighter (methane gas) to C5 heavier (pentane indicative of oil)

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

President Energy is an oil and gas company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (PPC.L) primarily focused in Argentina, with a diverse portfolio of operated onshore producing and exploration assets. The Company currently has independently assessed 1P reserves in excess of 15 MMboe and 2P reserves of more than 27 MMboe.

 

The Company has operated interests in the Puesto Flores and Estancia Vieja Concession, Rio Negro Province, in the Neuquén Basin of Argentina and in the Puesto Guardian Concession, in the Noroeste Basin in NW Argentina. The Company is focused on growing production in the near term in Argentina. Alongside this, President Energy has cash generative production assets in Louisiana, USA and further significant exploration and development opportunities through its acreage in Paraguay and Argentina.

 

President is actively pursuing value accretive acquisitions of high-quality production and development assets in Argentina capable of delivering positive cash flows and shareholder returns. With a strong institutional base of support (including the IFC, part of the World Bank Group) and an in-country management team, President Energy gives UK investors rare access to the Argentinian growth story combined with world class standards of corporate governance, environmental and social responsibility.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of article 7 of Regulation 596/2014

 

 


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