Lots of news last week, a lot of which was fluff.  Sound Energy (SOU) alone issued five announcements, one each day. There wasn’t really much of substance in any of them, but they succeeded in moving the price up and, perhaps, helped a little to enable the “cornerstone investor” and the CEO to dispose of their shares.  Stablemate, Echo Energy (ECHO) announced the completion of its ELA-1 well in Argentina.  The results were disappointing and the shares retreated below their recent 12p placing price.

Savannah Petroleum (SAVP) announced an oil discovery with its Amdigh-1 well.  Next up is the Kunama-1 well, which should spud before the end of this month.  SDX Energy (SDX) announced the spud of its SD-4X appraisal well in Egypt. The well is anticipated to take up to 30 days to drill.  Pantheon Resources (PANR) announced its intention to sidetrack the VOBM#1 well and spud could be as early as late July this year.  Zenith Energy (ZEN) also will soon begin drilling activities (its first) having announced the signing of a rental agreement for a BD-260 drilling rig.

It’s difficult to know when, if ever, Sirius Petroleum (SRSP) is going to drill.  It announced that its rig has commenced critical equipment re-certification in Dubai ahead of mobilisation.  Not sure how they square that with their 12 March 2018 RNS, which announced the mobilisation of the rig direct to Nigeria and a spud in April.  Shades of Anglo African Oil & Gas (AAOG) here, which last week announced shareholder approval for its placing to fund the drilling of TLP-103, which supposedly had been funded when AAOG came to the market last year.  Its rig never arrived either.

UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG) announced a new CPR detailing total “Portfolio Net P50 Recoverable Resources” of 21 MMBO.  They still have £3.75 million outstanding on their death spiral and on Friday afternoon, after the share price fell all week (closing just over 1p) they responded to “media speculation regarding a fundraise” announcing that they are considering raising funds and are progressing discussions.  It is likely to be a large raise at a low price and, when the dust settles, providing the death spiral financing is paid off, UKOG might once again be an interesting punt.

Chariot Oil & Gas (CHAR) announced that it has initiated a giant scale drilling campaign.  It is funded to drill Prospect S, Namibia (459 MMBO gross mean prospective resources) in Q4 and the Ocean Rig Poseidon drill ship has been contracted to drill one firm well and one optional well.  Partnering is anticipated to fund additional prospect drilling in H1 2019, either with back to back drilling in Namibia (Prospect W (284 MMBO gross mean prospective resources)) or Morocco (Kenitra-1 (464 MMBO gross mean prospective resources)).  We’re talking over one billion barrels of oil here and Chariot has a market capitalisation of just £30 million.  It’s a favourite.

Following its success in East Denver, Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) announced the acquisition of a lease package in West Denver, where they believe up to 48 horizontal wells could be drilled.  HNR will aim to develop West Denver with third party funding.  Rose Petroleum (ROSE) announced its finals, confirming that it is on track with its plans to drill its first Paradox well later this year.  Also awaited is the updated CPR which is expected to provide independent verification of the geological and economic strength of the Paradox project.  The release of this could provide the share price with quite a boost.

The author holds one or more investments in one or more of the companies mentioned so this post cannot be viewed as independent research.  This post does not constitute investment advice or a recommendation to buy or sell and may be incorrect or outdated.

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