Vancouver, Canada, January 26th , 2022. Newport Exploration Ltd (“Newport” or “the Company”) provides an update on guidance for licences in the Cooper Basin, Australia, over which the Company has a 2.5% gross overriding royalty (“GOR”). This guidance was reported by Beach Energy Ltd (“Beach”) (ASX: BPT) in its FY22 Second Quarter Activities Report dated 25 January 2022.
Highlights of the second quarter production from the Western Flank in the Beach report are as follows:
Production from the Western Flank was 1.3 MMboe, down 18% on the prior quarter, with lower oil, gas and associated liquids production. (Note: Western Flank includes the Company’s GOR licences ex PEL’s 91, 106,107 and PRL 26, as well as licenses ex PEL’s 92, 104 and 111, over which the Company does not have a GOR).
Western Flank oil production was 0.9 MMboe, down 13% on the prior quarter due to natural field decline.
Higher than anticipated production rates and the connections of five development wells in the second and third quarter (three wells in ex PEL 91 which Beach expect to connect in its Q3), are anticipated to further reduce decline rates in Beach’s second half of fiscal 2022.
Western Flank gas and gas liquids production was 415 kboe, down 28% on the prior quarter, primarily due to planned maintenance work at the Middleton gas processing facility, followed by reduced production at Middleton due to an unplanned outage at Beach’s Lowry well pad.
The Company will update shareholders as soon as it is in receipt of any specific production forecasts for the GOR licences.
Realized Oil & Gas Prices
The average realized price of oil was AUD$117.1/bbl, up 6% on the prior quarter.
This realized oil price is for Beach’s quarter ended December 31st , 2021. Newport’s second quarter ends January 31st , 2022 and therefore, based on the continued increase in oil prices through January, as well as the premium paid to Beach for Brent oil produced from the Western Flank, the Company anticipates a higher realized oil price for its second quarter GOR payment.
The realized gas price was AUD$7.6 per GJ, a 2% increase on the prior quarter.
Beach report their average realized price across all products was AUD$72.6/boe, an 8% increase over the prior quarter.
Q2 FY22 Drilling Activities
On ex PEL 91, Beach completed two horizontal oil wells (Balgowan 7 & Kalladeina 15) that were cased and suspended as future producers, with a third horizontal well (Kalladeina 16) drilling ahead at quarter end.
Beach report that drilling results were in-line with expectations, and they plan for all three horizontal oil development wells in ex PEL91 to be brought online in its Q3 2022.
Gas exploration well Lowry Southwest 1 and sidetrack DW1 were plugged and abandoned during the quarter.
Beach anticipate drilling of up to 11 oil exploration wells throughout the Western Flank, with additional wells planned after an assessment of the results.
“We are pleased with Beach’s recent drilling success on our GOR licences, and with the three horizontal wells to be brought on line in Beach’s Q3 2022; this should increase reserves and reduce previously anticipated field decline rates”, stated Ian Rozier, President & CEO of Newport.
The Company receives its GOR from Beach which is not a reporting issuer in Canada. Therefore, Newport is not able to confirm if disclosure satisfies the requirements of Canadian Securities legislation.
Newport has no control over operating decisions made by Beach and is not privy to exploration or production data derived by Beach during operations. Accordingly, this prevents the Company from commenting on operating plans going forward.
As always, the Company recommends that shareholders and potential investors access material information relevant to the Company as released independently by Beach and Santos Ltd in order to keep current during exploration, development and production of all the licenses subject to the Company’s GOR.
The Company currently has 105,579,874 common shares issued and outstanding and approximately $4.0 million in the treasury (comprised of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments) and no debt.
Details of the next GOR payment will be reported at the end of February or early March 2022.
For further information contact:
Ian Rozier, M.Sc., P. Eng
Director and Chief Executive Officer
+1 604 685 6851
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