Operational Update for 2Q and 6M

Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC
28 July 2023








London, 28 July 2023



Operational Update for the second quarter and six months ended 30 June 2023


Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC (LSE: NOG) ("Nostrum", or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), an independent oil and gas company engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin, today announces its operational update in respect of the second quarter and six months ended 30 June 2023.



H1 2023 Highlights:



·      Daily production after treatment averaged 10,048 boepd (H1 2022: 14,167 boepd).


·      Daily sales volumes averaged 9,020 boepd (H1 2022: 13,102 boepd).


·      Following the end of the reporting period, the Group completed the acquisition of an 80% interest in Positiv Invest LLP, which holds the subsoil use right for the Stepnoy Leopard Fields. Management estimates that the Stepnoy Leopard Fields hold between 50 mmboe and 150 mmboe of recoverable volumes which are considered contingent resources, with over 20% estimated to be liquids. The Company will launch an appraisal programme with the intention of preparing a technical expert's report which could allow re-classification of certain of the hydrocarbon resources into reserves.


·      The Group successfully launched the expansion of its Gas lift system with the new compressor doubling its capacity and helping to slow down production decline from its maturing Chinarevkoye field. The initial production gains exceed management's expectations and further updates on production guidance will be provided as part of Q3 2023 operational update.


·      The GTU-3 restart is progressing as per plan with wet gas introduction expected during H2 2023, following which all gas is planned to be processed through the 3rd train of the gas treatment unit to assess its efficiency.


·      The Group continues its well and reservoir management strategy through well workovers and rigless well intervention in 2023.


·      The Group is continuing to study opportunities for limited-scale drilling operations in the Chinarevskoye field with a plan to finalise its conclusions in the near term. 


·      The Group is progressing with a tie-back project, budgeted for c.US$5m of capital expenditures. It will allow for the first ever third-party feedstock from Ural Oil & Gas LLP ("Ural OG") to be received for treatment in the Group's facilities with an expected start in Q4 2023.


·      Whilst not itself a target of sanctions imposed in connection with the conflict in Ukraine, Nostrum continues to monitor the current and evolving lists of individuals and entities who are subject to sanctions with a view to compliance by the Group with all applicable sanctions and to ensuring that the Group's ongoing activities are not materially affected by such sanctions.


·      Safety of all staff and contractors as well as focus on conducting sustainable operations remain the Group's priority.



·      H1 2023 revenues expected to be in excess of US$52m (H1 2022: US$107m). H1 and FY sales and revenues remain in line with management's targets and expectations. Decrease in revenues compared to H1 2022 resulted from declining production and relatively lower average product prices.


·      The Group's unrestricted cash position as at 30 June 2023 was in excess of US$192m (31 March 2023: US$191m). Restricted cash balance was in excess of US16m as at 30 June 2023 (31 March 2023: US$22.6m), which decreased due to US$6.2m interest payments for the period from 9 February 2023 to 29 June 2023, and was replenished subsequently to cover the next two interest payments. The next semi-annual cash interest payment is scheduled for December 2023.


·      Pursuant to the terms of the Restructuring the interest accrued on the SSNs and the SUNs from     1 January 2022. Accordingly, cash interest accrued to 9 February 2023 in the amount of US$17.5 million was paid in cash to the Noteholders upon the issuance of the SSNs and the SUNs.


·      The Group continues to focus on cost optimisation to help manage liquidity.



·      Zero fatalities among employees and contractors during operations in H1 2023 (H1 2022: zero).


·      Zero Lost Time Injury ("LTI") in H1 2023 (H1 2022: zero)


·      One Total Recordable Incidents ("TRI") in H1 2023 (H1 2022: two).


·      2,277 tonnes of air emissions emitted in H1 2023 against 6,309 tonnes permitted for 2023 under the Kazakhstan Environmental Code.


Arfan Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Nostrum Oil & Gas, commented:


"We are pleased with the significant operational milestones we have achieved during the H1 2023.


Following the successful completion of the Stepnoy Leopard Fields acquisition this month, we have already commenced an appraisal programme to reclassify certain contingent resources into proven reserves which will help us to determine the commercially viable development schemes. This is an attractive upstream tie-back project for us that could deliver material reserves addition to the Group's resource base.


We are also excited with the initial production gains following the recent launch of our Gas lift system expansion and will provide further updates on our production guidance as part of our Q3 2023 operational update. 


We will continue with the execution of our mixed-asset energy strategy launched this year to capitalise on the advantaged position of our existing infrastructure and attract third party volumes."


Sales volumes
The sales volume split for H1 2023 was as follows:


H1 2023



H1 2023

product mix


H1 2022



H1 2022

product mix


Crude Oil





Stabilised Condensate





LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas)





Dry Gas











The difference between production and sales volumes is primarily due to the internal consumption of gas.



Release of Nostrum's H1 2023 Financial Results

Nostrum plans to release its H1 2023 interim financial report including unaudited and unreviewed interim condensed consolidated accounts for the period ending 30 June 2023 on 22 August 2023.



LEI: 2138007VWEP4MM3J8B29


Further information

For further information please visit www.nostrumoilandgas.com


Further enquiries

Nostrum Oil & Gas Plc

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About Nostrum Oil & Gas

Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC is an independent oil and gas company currently engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin. Its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: NOG) and the Astana International Exchange (ticker symbol: NOG). The principal producing asset of Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC is the Chinarevskoye field, which is operated by Zhaikmunai LLP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC and the sole holder of the subsoil use rights with respect to the development of the field.


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