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Monday 17 December, 2018

Solo Oil Plc

Operational Update, Tanzania

RNS Number : 6059K
Solo Oil Plc
17 December 2018
 

                                                                                                                        17 December 2018

 

SOLO OIL PLC

("Solo" or the "Company")

 

Operational Update, Tanzania

 

Solo Oil plc (LSE AIM: SOLO) is pleased to note the announcement made today by Aminex plc ("Aminex") relating to operations in Tanzania and as set out in Appendix 1 below.

 

The Company holds a 25% beneficial interest in the Ruvuma PSA and 8.3918% interest in Kiliwani North-1.

 

Dan Maling, Managing Director commented:

 

"We have been working closely with Aminex on reviewing the forward operational programmes at both Ruvuma and Kiliwani. There are now detailed cost estimates with operational plans in place.  While the work programme commitments remain contingent on governmental approvals at Ruvuma, with our recent monetisation efforts we are in a strong cash position with a liquid balance sheet and are confident of being fully funded for next year's planned well programme and G&A."

Alastair Ferguson, Solo's Chairman, commented:

"This update comes after a period of discussion and collaboration planning between Solo and Aminex.  We are pleased to see Aminex's issuance of their circular and are supportive of their planned farmout of the Ruvuma PSA to The Zubair Corporation LLC.  We regard this deal and the quality of the farminee as a significant external validation of the project and look forward to working with the new operator alongside Aminex to drive the development of the Ruvuma gas project forward.  We look forward to further updates from Aminex as we continue to actively participate in the joint venture management and planning processes."

For further information:

 

Solo Oil plc

Dan Maling

Alastair Ferguson

 

+44 (0) 20 7440 0642

 

 

 

Strand Hanson (Nominated Adviser)

James Spinney, Ritchie Balmer, Frederick Twist

 

+44 (0) 20 7409 3494

 

Shore Capital (Broker)

Jerry Keen

 

Buchanan (PR)

Ben Romney / Chris Judd / Henry Wilson

 

+44 (0) 20 7408 4090

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000

 

 

Notes to Editors:

Solo Oil plc (Solo), is a natural resources investment company with a diverse portfolio of onshore assets, principally in Europe and Africa. The company seeks to deliver returns through early stage investment in promising projects and uses management's own sector expertise to assist in strategic asset development. Solo's portfolio currently includes extensive interests in the prolific Ruvuma Basin in Tanzania, UKOG plc with the Horse Hill oil discovery in the Weald Basin, Helium One Limited, the Tanzanian helium exploration company, and Kiliwani North, a natural gas producing project in Tanzania.   

 

 

Appendix 1

17 December 2018

 

 

Aminex plc

 ("Aminex" or "the Company")

 

Operational Update

 

Highlights:

·     Chikumbi-1 drilling and 3D seismic programmes progressed and drilling rig selected

·     Kiliwani North-1 remediation work ongoing - gas flowed to plant and data being analysed

·     Areas for future 3D seismic surveys identified with intent to progress low cost prospects in both Kiliwani North and Nyuni

Ruvuma PSA:

The Company has advanced drilling and seismic programmes over the Ruvuma PSA acreage while it progresses satisfaction of conditions required to close out a farm-out agreement signed with the Zubair Group in early July 2018 ("the Farm-out"). An extraordinary general meeting of shareholders will be held to approve the Farm-out on 4th January 2019.

The Company has finalised the Chikumbi-1 executive drilling and completions programmes, has identified and selected the service companies required to operate all aspects of drilling and, based on a competitive tender process, has selected Sakson Drilling and Oil Services DMCC to drill the Chikumbi-1 well. The Company has also identified and designed an approximately 220 km2 3D programme over the Ntorya development area. Further, Aminex has signed a conditional rig sharing agreement with Heritage Oil Limited in Tanzania in order to reduce mobilisation/demobilisation costs for both parties. Pending the successful completion of the Farm-out, Aminex will be fully carried through to production, which will include the drilling of multiple wells, seismic acquisition and construction of associated infrastructure. 

The Chikumbi-1 well is located within the Mtwara Licence of the Ruvuma PSA, in Southern Tanzania, approximately 4 km west of the successful 2017 Ntorya-2 appraisal well, in the onshore portion of the Ruvuma Basin.

Chikumbi-1, which will be drilled to a total true vertical depth of 3,485m, will fulfil one of two remaining exploration commitment wells and, upon success, is intended to be completed as a producing well in a future development programme.

The well will have two primary targets: to further delineate the Ntorya Gas Field (which is projected to encounter stratigraphically trapped Albian aged reservoirs, approximately 120 meters up-dip from Ntorya-2 and approximately 195 meters up-dip from the Ntorya-1 discovery well) and to test a deeper, stratigraphically trapped Late Jurassic Exploration target.

RPS Energy Consultants Ltd. ("RPS") has independently assigned the Albian aged Ntorya Gas Field a mean un-risked GIIP (Gas Initially in Place) of 1.87 TCF, with total combined gross 2C Resources of 763 BCF, and has additionally assigned 936 BCF of 2U Resources (previously equivalent to "Best Estimate" Prospective Resource) to the Jurassic aged Chikumbi prospect.

Kiliwani North and Nyuni Area:

The Company engaged Schlumberger SEACO Inc. ("Schlumberger") to remediate and troubleshoot a faulty sub surface safety valve ("SSSV") on its Kiliwani North-1 well. Schlumberger were mobilised to location and the SSSV was repaired. During the operation the well was fully opened and test gas flowed to the plant for a short period. The Company believes that there is a fluid column in the well and is analysing the operational and testing data.

The Kiliwani North licence is located off the East coast of the Tanzanian mainland in shallow waters. The licence area contains several islands, which provide onshore drilling opportunities, and is on trend with the Songo Songo gas field. The licence has an expiry date of 2036 with no further commitments, has a Gas Sales Agreement in place and access to a Gas Facility with significant ullage. The Kiliwani North gas field has recovered 6.4 BCF to date which has generated $18.3 million in gross revenues.

As reported earlier in the year RPS have attributed a mean GIIP of 30.8 BCF to the Kiliwani North structure, which is believed to be compartmentalised. Mapping by Aminex has identified a structural lead, Kiliwani South, with a mean estimated GIIP of 57 BCF. 

The Company is the operator of both the Kiliwani North Development Licence and the adjacent Nyuni Area PSA with 63.8304% and 100% working interests respectively. The Company has identified areas to conduct the acquisition of 3D seismic with the intent of progressing low-cost drilling prospects which can be tied into the existing facilities and monetised.

For further information, please refer to the Aminex website (www.aminex-plc.com) or contact the following:

 

Aminex PLC  

Jay Bhattacherjee, Chief Executive Officer                                          +44 (0) 20 3198 8415

Max Williams, Chief Financial Officer                                                                   

Shore Capital 

Jerry Keen                                                                                                 +44 (0) 20 7408 4090

Davy 

Brian Garrahy                                                                                             +353 (0) 1 679 6363

Camarco 

Billy Clegg / James Crothers / Daniel Sherwen                                    +44 (0) 20 3757 4980

 

 

 


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