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Tuesday 01 May, 2018


Update on the Aje Field

RNS Number : 6632M
01 May 2018


1 May 2018


MX Oil / Ticker: MXO / Index: AIM / Sector: Oil & Gas


MX Oil plc ("MX Oil" or the 'Company')


Update on the Aje Field


MXO plc, the oil and gas investing company listed on AIM, is pleased to provide an update with regard to OML 113, the offshore licence in Nigeria, in which it has an investment.  The Aje Field within the OML 113 licence area commenced production in 2016. On 5 February 2018, the Company announced that it would be updating its Competent Persons Report ("CPR") as a result of the production data that had been generated to date. The Company is pleased to announce the results from the updated CPR.


There have been significant developments in the Aje project over the past two years that have had a material impact on the project's reserves and resource position. Since the last CPR in July 2014, three new Cenomanian penetrations have been drilled (Aje-5, Aje-5ST1 and Aje-5ST2), with production coming on-stream from the Cenomanian reservoir in May 2016 and from the Turonian oil rim in May 2017. A field development plan for the Turonian Aje gas project ("FDP") was submitted to the Nigerian Government for consideration in 2017. The FDP comprises four to five production wells in the Turonian, tied back to existing and new infrastructure.


The revised CPR has been completed by AGR TRACS International Limited ("AGR TRACS"). This is an update to the CPR prepared by them in July 2014 and incorporates all developments and new data generated by the project since that date. Reserves and contingent resources reported in this latest CPR and from the 2014 CPR are summarised below.











Net entitlement to MXO



Net entitlement to MXO



















1P Proven Reserves






2P Proven and Probable Reserves






3P Proven, Probable and Possible Reserves







The level of reserves have increased significantly since the 2014 CPR.

These estimates of reserves have been derived based on an oil price assumption of US$60/bbl flat Real Terms and a gas price assumption of US$4.00/Mscf flat Real Terms. Condensate is assumed to achieve the same price as oil and LPGs 65% of the oil price expressed in US$/bbl. 


AGR TRACS has also certified gross 1C Unrisked Contingent Resources of 4 MMboe, 2C Unrisked Contingent Resources of 9 MMboe and 3C Unrisked Contingent Resources of 17.5 MMboe. MX Oil's net entitlement is respectively 1C Unrisked Contingent Resources of 0.20 MMboe, 2C Unrisked Contingent Resources of 0.45 MMboe and 3C Unrisked Contingent Resources of 0.88 MMboe. All these Contingent Resource volumes are expressed as unrisked technically recoverable volumes without any economic cut-off, as the development plans are still in progress. 


The recent performance of the Aje-5ST2 well completed on the Turonian oil rim has encouraged the Aje partnership to consider a more extensive development of this oil rim. Since the Aje Gas FDP was completed and submitted ahead of this well coming on line, AGR TRACS has only been able to recognise contingent resources associated with four horizontal wells proposed as a Phase 2 development in that plan. The encouraging production performance for the Aje-5ST2 well so far provides a strong incentive for further studies to better understand how the oil rim can be optimally developed.


These results confirm the commerciality of the Aje gas development, highlight the need for a revision to the development plan once the oil rim studies are completed and will underpin a final investment decision on the development of the Turonian reserves in the future.


MX Oil's classification of reserves and resources are based on the definitions set by the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS-2007), sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers/World Petroleum Council/American Association of Petroleum Geologists/Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPE/WPC/AAPG/SPEE) as issued in March 2007. 


This announcement has been reviewed by Dr Mike Wynne, on behalf of AGR TRACS, who is VP of Reservoir Management for AGR TRACS International Ltd and who is a reservoir engineer and SPE member with more than 30 years of experience in Africa, FSU, Middle East, and NW Europe.  The announcement has also been reviewed by Nigel McKim, COO of MX Oil plc, who is a petroleum engineer and SPE member with more than 30 years of experience in field development planning and production. 


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 and the person who arranged for release of this announcement on behalf of the Company was Stefan Olivier, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.



Stefan Oliver CEO said:


"The revised CPR clearly demonstrates the potential of the Aje Field and the level of resources and reserves that are potentially available. I look forward to updating the market as the various studies underway progress."




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For further information please visit or contact:



Stefan Olivier, CEO


+44 20 7710 9618


Cairn Financial Advisers LLP

(Nominated Adviser)

Jo Turner/James Caithie




+44 20 7213 0880


Cornhill Capital


Nick Bealer




+44 20 7710 9612



Glossary of key terms



Thousand standard cubic feet


Million barrels of oil equivalent


Liquid petroleum gas


Liquid phase of the gas produced by condensation at standard conditions





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