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Monday 05 February, 2018

Solo Oil Plc

Significant Resource Upgrade at Ntorya, Tanzania

RNS Number : 8540D
Solo Oil Plc
05 February 2018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            (Embargoed until 10 am)                                                    

5 February 2018

 

SOLO OIL PLC

("Solo" or the "Company")

 

Significant Resource Upgrade at Ntorya, Tanzania

 

Solo is pleased to announce the results of the recently completed Competent Persons Report ("CPR") conducted independently by RPS Energy Consultants Limited ("RPS") which results in a significant resource upgrade of the Ntorya gas discovery in the Ruvuma Petroleum Sharing Agreement ("Ruvuma PSA") where Solo holds a 25% working interest.  Aminex plc ("Aminex"), the operator of the Ruvuma PSA, has also confirmed that, when taken together with the Ntorya Gas Commercialisation Study prepared by io oil & gas consulting ("io consulting") last year, these resources indicate the commercial feasibility of a proposed development at Ntorya.  RPS, a subsidiary of RPS Group, is an internationally-recognised resource reporting firm and io oil & gas consulting is a joint venture between Baker Hughes, a GE company, and McDermott.

 

Highlights

·     Ntorya 2C contingent resource estimate increased to gross 763 billion cubic feet ("bcf"), an increase of over 10-fold from the 2015 CPR;

·     Ntorya Pmean gross gas initially in place ("GIIP") upgraded to 1.87 trillion cubic feet ("tcf"), which is an increase of 44% on previous management estimate of 1.34 tcf and an increase of approximately 12-fold from the previous CPR (pre-drilling of Ntorya-2) in 2015;

·     io consulting has confirmed that the Ntorya gas development project could be sanctioned with three wells producing into a raw-gas pipeline to the Madimba gas plant approximately 33 kilometres away.

 

Based on this independent report undertaken by an industry leading consultancy, Solo now holds net resources of approximately 467 bcf Pmean GIIP, resulting in excess of 190 bcf (over 30 million barrels oil equivalent ("mmboe")) of most likely contingent resources net to its 25% interest.

 

Neil Ritson, Solo's Executive Chairman, commented:

"A further significant and material resource upgrade made independently by RPS supports the Company's view that Ntorya is a major gas field within the regional market, thereby underpinning our development plans.  The independent verification of our net interest equivalent to over 30 mmboe underlines the significant value of Ntorya within our portfolio.  When taken with the results of the io consulting commercial feasibility study, we are now confident that Ntorya can be economically produced with limited further major capital expenditure.   This gives us line of sight to additional revenues and strengthens our ability to monetise our interest at the appropriate time.  We now look forward to the confirmation that a rig has been secured for the drilling of appraisal well Ntorya-3, and to continued progress on the award of a 25-year development licence for the field."

Ntorya Development

At Ntorya in the Ruvuma PSA, where the Company has participated in the drilling of two successful wells, Ntorya-1 and Ntroya-2, the gross 2C contingent resource estimate has been increased by RPS to 763 bcf, which is an increase of nearly 11 times over the previous 2015 CPR.  Pmean GIIP has also been upgraded for the third time since the drilling of the Ntorya-2 well to gross 1.87 tcf, up from the operator's initial post-drilling estimate of gross 466 bcf and then gross 1.34 tcf in September 2017 which was based on a fully updated post-drilling basin model. 

 

Encouragingly, io consulting's work has also confirmed that the Ntorya gas development could be sanctioned with three wells; Ntorya-1, Ntorya-2 and, the yet to be drilled Ntorya-3 well, and that an early production scheme ("EPS") would limit upfront capital expenditure and enable the main field development to be funded from future cash-flow.

 

Kiliwani North Development Area

At Kiliwani North, where Solo holds a 7.55% working interest and where approximately gross 6.4 bcf has been produced to date, RPS estimates gross 1.94 bcf of 2P reserves remain with a gross Pmean GIIP of 30.8 bcf.  It is planned to install compression at Kiliwani North-1 in order to increase recovery of the resources.  In addition, a new prospect has been identified within the Kiliwani North Development Licence ("KNDL") at Kiliwani South with an additional estimated gross 57 bcf prospective Pmean GIIP.  As the KNDL was originally granted for 25 years (expiring in 2036), the operator is now conducting further technical work to assess the feasibility of further drilling which could lead to additional production into the Songo Songo Island gas processing plant.

Qualified Person's Statement:  

The information contained in this announcement has been reviewed and approved by Neil Ritson, Chairman and Director for Solo Oil plc, who has over 40 years of relevant experience in the oil industry.  Mr. Ritson is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), an Active Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (BGS).

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.   

 

For further information:

Solo Oil plc

Neil Ritson / Dan Maling

+44 (0) 20 7440 0642

 

 

Beaumont Cornish Limited

Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker

Roland Cornish / Rosalind Abrahams

+44 (0) 20 7628 3396

 

Shore Capital

Joint Broker

Jerry Keen

 

Beaufort Securities

Joint Broker

Jon Belliss

 

Buchanan (PR)

Ben Romney / Chris Judd / Henry Wilson

 

+44 (0) 20 7408 4090

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7382 8300

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000

 

Appendix

 

Table 1: RPS Estimates of Contingent Resources in Ntorya

 


Gas Contingent Resources (bcf)

Gross (100%) License Basis

Solo's Net 25% Working Interest Basis

Solo's Net Entitlement Basis

1C

2C

3C

1C

2C

3C

1C

2C

3C

Development Pending Category

25.5

80.6

212.9

6.4

20.1

53.2

5.4

25.8

41.1

Development Unclarified Category

342.3

682.2

949.5

85.6

170.5

237.4

65.0

117.9

155.2

Total Contingent

Resources

367.8

762.8

1162.4

92.0

190.6

290.6

70.4

143.7

196.3

 

Table 2: RPS Estimates of Reserves1 for Kiliwani North as at 31st December 2017


Gas Reserves (bcf)

Gross2 (100%) License Basis

Solo's Net 7.55% Working Interest Basis3

Solo's Net Entitlement Basis

1P

2P

3P

1P

2P

3P

1P

2P

3P

Kiliwani North

1.06

1.94

3.75

0.076

0.139

0.269

0.068

0.125

0.241

Notes:

1         Reserves were estimated on production to 15th December 2017 and have not been updated to reflect minor production achieved in the remainder of 2017

2         Gross Field Reserves after economic limit test (ELT)

3         After TPDC Profit Share

 

Glossary:

2015 CPR

CPR prepared by LR Senergy in May 2015

bcf

billion standard cubic feet (of natural gas)

Contingent Resources

those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations by application of development projects but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingent Resources are a class of discovered recoverable resources.  1C, 2C and 3C are confidence levels equivalent to the P90, P50 and P10 confidence, respectively

CPR

Competent Person's Report

GIIP

gas initially in place

Pmean

probability of encountering the mean volume

PSA

petroleum sharing agreement

Reserves

those quantities of petroleum anticipated to be commercially recoverable by application of development projects to known accumulations from a given date forward under defined conditions. Reserves must further satisfy four criteria: they must be discovered, recoverable, commercial, and remaining (as of a given date) based on the development project(s) applied. 1P, 2P and 3P are confidence levels equivalent to the P90, P50 and P10 confidence, respectively

tcf

trillion standard cubic feet (of natural gas)

 

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, 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.   

 


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