President Energy PLC

Operational Update

RNS Number : 6383W
President Energy PLC
16 November 2017

16 November 2017


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


Operational update at Puesto Flores, Rio Negro Province, Argentina


In excess of US$3 million net cash oil receipts in November from Argentina production

Workover programme commences and is increased to four firm wells


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 operations at its Puesto Flores Field, Rio Negro Province, Argentina.



·     The Company is expected to receive in November over US$3 million net cash proceeds from its Argentine oil sales

·      Fully funded workover programme at Puesto Flores Field commences and is increased to four firm wells

·      Further wells to be considered next year  

·     Pay-back of the US$2.2 million capex, projected to be less than 12 months at the conservative October oil price level of US$55 per barrel oil


Peter Levine, Chairman and Chief Executive, commented:

"With record net cash proceeds from Argentine sales receivable in November and the commencement of an increased firm workover programme at Puesto Flores Field, we are looking ahead and focused on continuing the trajectory of profitable growth in the new year whilst maintaining the core emphasis on margins."


US$3 million net cash oil receipts

The Company is to receive in November over US$3 million net cash proceeds from its oil sales after deduction of sales tax payable. The expected receipts relate to oil produced partly in October and partly in the current month from President's Argentine Fields.  The proceeds do not correlate to daily production for a month as not all production generated on a daily basis is sold within that month with oil being held in tanks, being treated or in process of transport through long pipelines. The receivables from the Company's profitable cash generative production interests in Louisiana are in addition to the above.


Workover programme commences

The Company previously announced a three firm well workover programme expected to commence this month. After a satisfactory rig inspection, this work is now commencing and has been extended to an initial four firm (definite) wells with further possible contingent wells next year as may be deemed appropriate after results of the initial programme are considered.


All of the four firm wells are currently shut-in and the objective is to place them back into production, generating oil from the intervals originally perforated when the wells first came into production. In addition, in three of the wells, a series of previously un-drained intervals interpreted from the original drilling logs as oil bearing will be perforated and if successful will be produced in parallel. The total firm programme is expected to cost approximately US$2.2 million and will be funded out of President's existing resources. Pay-back, ignoring any incremental production from new intervals, is projected to be less than 12 months at the October level of US$55 per barrel oil.


Each of the wells have individual downhole electrical submersible pumps run through mains electricity and are already connected with the Puesto Flores battery meaning there will be no delay on placing each on production as and when work on each such well is completed. Taking into account the additional firm well, the commenced programme is expected to extend through January 2018 and President will report to shareholders on progress at appropriate times during the course of the work.


In line with President's policy to retain local Rio Negro Province contractors and workforce wherever practical, the rig to be used in the programme has been provided by Tacker, a well-regarded local services company.




President Energy PLC

Peter Levine, Chairman, Chief Executive

Bruce Martin, Chief Financial Officer


+44 (0) 207 016 7950


finnCap (Nominated Advisor & Joint Broker)

Christopher Raggett, Scott Mathieson, Emily Morris



+44 (0) 207 220 0500

BMO Capital Markets (Joint Broker)

Jeremy Low, Neil Haycock, Tom Rider



+44 (0) 207 236 1010


Camarco Financial PR

Billy Clegg, Georgia Edmonds, Mercedes Valenzuela-Goldman


+44 (0) 203 757 4980


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 16 MMboe and 2P reserves of more than 25 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 Energy's second largest shareholder is the IFC, part of the World Bank Group and 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 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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