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Thursday 09 July, 2015

Gulf Keystone Petrol

Shaikan Operational Update

RNS Number : 5631S
Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd.
09 July 2015
 



 

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9 July 2015

 

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (LSE: GKP)

("Gulf Keystone" or "the Company")

 

Operational Update ahead of Annual General Meeting

Progressing towards a regular payment cycle


Ahead of the Company's Annual General Meeting today, Gulf Keystone,
the operator of the world class Shaikan field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is providing an operational update.


The Company continues to produce at stable rates from both Shaikan production facilities (PF-1 and PF-2). Following debottlenecking work performed on both facilities, well and plant capacity exists for production rates in excess of 43,000 barrels of oil per day ("bopd").  However, production guidance below has been adjusted to take into account potential offtake and market constraints.

 

The rolling production average from the Shaikan field for the past two months has been 38,000 bopd and a new daily production record of 44,600 bopd was established on 21 June 2015. Cumulative production from the field has now surpassed 13 million barrels of oil.

 

It is the Directors' current expectation that production will remain within the range of 36,000-40,000 bopd between now and the year end, subject to offtake.

 

Due to the previously announced five week suspension of production operations at the end of Q1 2015, caused by adverse market conditions, the daily production average for the year is expected to be between 30,000 and 34,000 bopd.


The Company continues to make progress towards a regular payment cycle for its current production. In line with the recently announced new contract with the domestic buyer and further to the first payment of US$4.9 million gross (US$3.9 million net to Gulf Keystone) received last week, an additional payment of US$6.7 million gross (US$5.4 million net to Gulf Keystone) has now been received by the Company for crude oil exported in June 2015 by truck to the Turkish coast, bringing total payments under this contract to date to US$11.6 million gross (US$9.3 million net to Gulf Keystone).

 

In addition and in line with the stated diversified marketing strategy, the Company expects in the near future to commence trucking Shaikan crude 120 km to Fyshkhabour on the Turkish border where it will be injected into the export pipeline to Ceyhan. Once injection into the pipeline at Fyshkhabour commences and a payment mechanism for this production is established with the Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Natural Resources ("MNR"), Shaikan crude will be sold as part of the internationally traded blend and higher netback prices should result.

 

As of 8 July 2015, the Company's cash position was US$72.1 million with further payments anticipated as a result of the ongoing contract with the domestic buyer and continuing dialogue with the MNR.

 

The Company's half year results for the period ended 30 June 2015 will be announced on Thursday 27 August 2015.

 

Commenting on today's announcement, Jón Ferrier, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Keystone said:

 

"As we work towards our primary objective of establishing a regular payment cycle for crude oil sales from the Shaikan field, today's confirmation of a further payment of US$6.7 million gross represents another important development for Gulf Keystone's financial position"

 

"The Shaikan field is performing well, with current production at stable rates and an average daily offtake of 38,000 bopd achieved in June. Taking into account the suspension of production operations earlier in the year due to external market factors, today's performance allows us to exit the year at an average rate of between 30,000 and 34,000 bopd, subject to future market factors."

 

Gulf Keystone will hold its Annual General Meeting today at 12.00 noon at Le Meridien Etoile 81 Boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, 75017 Paris, France.

 

Enquiries:

 

Gulf Keystone Petroleum:

+44 (0) 20 7514 1400

Jón Ferrier, CEO


Anastasia Vvedenskaya, Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0) 20 7514 1411



Celicourt Communications:

 +44 (0) 20 7520 9266

Mark Antelme

Jimmy Lea


 

 

or visit: www.gulfkeystone.com 

 

 

Notes to Editors:

 

·           Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (LSE: GKP) is an independent oil and gas exploration with operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

·           Gulf Keystone Petroleum International (GKPI) holds Production Sharing Contracts for four exploration blocks in Kurdistan, the Shaikan, Sheikh Adi, Ber Bahr and Akri-Bijeel blocks.

·           GKPI is the operator of the Shaikan Block, which is a major commercial discovery, with a working interest of 75% and is partnered with MOL Kalegran Limited (a 100% subsidiary of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas plc.) and Texas Keystone Inc., which have working interests of 20% and 5% respectively. 

·           Gulf Keystone plans to move into the large-scale phased development of the Shaikan field targeting 100,000 bopd of production capacity during Phase 1 of the Shaikan Field Development Plan.

 

 

Disclaimer

 

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements.  These statements are made by the Company's Directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this announcement but such statements should be treated with caution due to inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business factors, underlying such forward-looking information.  This announcement has been prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders to assess the Group's strategies and the potential for those strategies to succeed.  This announcement should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.

 

This communication and the information contained herein is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States unless they are registered or are exempt from registration. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States would be made by means of a prospectus that would contain detailed information about the company and its management, as well as financial statements. The company does not intend to register any portion of this offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering in the United States or any other jurisdiction. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States would be made by means of a prospectus that would contain detailed information about the Company and its management, as well as financial statements. Copies of this communication are not being, and should not be, distributed in or sent into the United States.


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