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PetroNeft and Oil India reboot Licence 61 in Western Siberia

19th August 2014

PetroNeft has re-commencement of drilling operations on Licence 61 following the completion of its farm-out to Oil India Limited on 3 July 2014

PetroNeft and Oil India reboot Licence 61 in Western Siberia
Following a short delay, the drilling and commissioning crews have now been moved to the field and the Tungolskoye No. 5 delineation well should commence within the next week

The joint venture working group made up of Oil India (OIL) and PetroNeft has been formally established and the major work programme and budget items for 2014 and 2015 have been agreed.

“I’m delighted to report that PetroNeft is re-commencing drilling operations following the completion of the Licence 61 farm-out with Oil India,” said Dennis Francis, PetroNeft CEO. “The initial meetings of the joint venture working group were extremely productive and we look forward to working closely with our new partner Oil India and to realising the full potential of this asset and to developing further opportunities together.

“We have a planned multi-well drilling programme. The initial well in the programme is the Tungolskoye No. 5 well. We are also commencing a major seismic programme which will shape the future direction of our drilling activity. We look forward to updating shareholders with the results of this exciting drilling and seismic over the coming months.”

Following a short delay, the drilling and commissioning crews have now been moved to the field and the Tungolskoye No. 5 delineation well should commence within the next week. This will be the first horizontal well drilled on Licence 61 and the data will be used to finalise the pilot development plan to develop the field and tie-back to the Lineynoye processing facilities in Q1 2015. The well will include a vertical pilot hole which will be cored and tested, followed by a horizontal segment in the reservoir which will also be tested. It will take an estimated 60 days to drill and complete. Assuming a successful result, additional horizontal and vertical wells will be drilled at Tungolskoye during 2015 and a pipeline will be constructed to the Lineynoye Central Processing Facility.

A minimum of three additional development wells will be drilled at Arbuzovskoye Pad 1. A second drilling crew will be mobilised to the field to drill these wells with drilling expected to commence in September. Production from Licence 61 has slowly declined to 2,000 bopd due to lack of drilling since February 2013. These wells should help to increase production.

The Sibkrayevskoye No. 373 delineation well will be drilled following completion of the Tungolskoye No. 5 well. Data from this well along with new seismic data will allow for the development of Sibkrayevskoye starting in 2016.

Acquisition of 1,000 line kilometres of high resolution 2D seismic data has been approved. This programme is designed to detail the Sibkrayevskoye oil field and large Emtorskaya High where potential by-passed oil has been identified. It will also further detail three significant leads in the Northern portion of the Licence area. The seismic crew has already mobilised to the field for surveying and line clearing operations. The data acquisition will occur primarily in Q1 2015 with results due in late summer 2015.

Materials and supplies necessary for this programme were mobilised to the field earlier this year when winter roads were in place.

All debt due to Macquarie and Arawak was repaid from the initial proceeds of USD 35m and the company is now debt-free. Under the terms of the Licence 61 Farmout Agreement, OIL will fund the above work programme from the US$45 million of committed exploration and development expenditures on Licence 61.

 

 

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